Application Deadline



May, 2020 


PROGRAM DATES:                 June 27 - July 25 (4 weeks)
ELIGIBILITY:                        Open to all current high school students: freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT:   No prior knowledge of Spanish is required
SWIMMING REQUIREMENT:    50meters Free style: 00:36.00 (14 - 15 years old)
                                           50meters Free style: 00:32.00 (16 - 17 years old)

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This unique program in Seville allows US High School students, age 14 - 17 years old, who are swimming back at their schools in the US, to have an international study abroad, cultural & swimming experience.

To offer this program the SAIIE study abroad program has partnered with the local Spanish swimming club "Club Náutico Sevilla".

This program is a full cultural inmersion that allows American students who paticipate to not only take Spanish language courses at SAIIE center but to fully inmmersed into Spanish culture through the housing, swimming and cultural program that is set up with other Spanish students (age 13 - 18 years old).



All students participating in our program are placed in carefully screened Spanish homes. Living in a Spanish home is one of the most important aspects of the students’ intercultural experience because it helps to improve language skills and increase cultural awareness, two key goals of the program.

The principal goals of increased fluency in the language and greater familiarity with the culture are an integral element of the experience that SAIIE strives to provide. 

All Spanish families are made up of a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with children, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside the home. All students will receive their host family information 3 weeks UPON ARRIVAL into Seville.

In this program, all students are housed with other students studying abroad at SAIIE. Each student will have 1 to 2 roommates.

We place all students within reasonable distances from the SAIIE center and the swimming Club where they will be swimming. 

All meals are included in program cost. The host family will provide 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) Monday through Sunday.  Days that they are schedule a trip with the program the family will prepare a packed meal. Naturally, adjustments with regard to customs, food, and heat must be anticipated by the students. SAIIE does take dietary and other personal restrictions into consideration when assigning students to their host family.

Internet will be available in all homes.

Each student is allowed 1 load of laundry per week, which is washed by the host family. 

Please note: 

Spanish laws oblige every company or person working with minors to have an official criminal record certificate proving that they are not included in the register of Sex Offenders throughout the European territory, so both SAIIE and our families have this certificate endorsed by the Spanish Ministry of Justice.

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Hours per week: 15hrs 
Classes: Monday - Friday
Students per class: 6 to 12
Minimun age: 14 - 17
Language levels: A placement exam is administered upon arrival to determine Spanish level. Classes are offered at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. 
Courses: Spanish language classes will be held in the mornings from Mo - Fri (3 hrs per day)



Where will you swim?

At SAIIE we work with the impressive local swimming club at Club Naútico Sevilla. US High school swimmers train with the Sevillian swim team while studying Spanish language at SAIIE!

The prestigious swim team at Club Naútico Sevilla was founded in 1952. Working with swimmers of all levels they have produced an impressive amount of professional international swimmers, including Paralympic athletes. Maite Trueba, Enrique Veiga, and Marta Gómez Battelli are a few of these athletes who have competed in international competitions and have prospered from their time spent at Club Naútico Sevilla.

How does it work?

Students participating in this program will be swimming at Club Nautico during the evenings from Monday - Friday while taking their Spanish language courses at SAIIE in the mornings. 

Swimming program for Sessions I includes:

  • 4 weeks of swimming training sessions
  • 5 weekly training sessions with the swimming club "Club Náutico Sevilla"
  • 1 club hat
  • Free gym membership throughout the duration of the program at Cuesta Sport gym (located in the same building as the SAIIE Center)
  • Bus pass throughout the duration of the program to get to trainings

Meet the Head Coach

Germán Monterrubio is the Technical Director of Swimming at Club Naútico Sevilla and has had lots of experience in the field of coaching. He was the Head Swim Coach at the Escuela Nacional de Entrenadores RFEN back in 2005 and has an MA in High Performance Sports from the University of Pablo de Olavide in Sevilla. He also has a long history of jobs in the area of coaching and is the Founder and CEO of the agency Fermento Urbano – Freestyle Sports Consulting S. L. that specialises in Sports Sciences and Technology for High Performance in Freestyle Sports, as well as Events Managing. He also studied Sport Management & Physical Education at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland where he picked up some Finnish. 


SAIIE strongly promotes cultural and social activities, because it’s a great tool for students to learn and immerse themselves into the Spanish culture.  Through these activities students will be able to find out more about the city, Spanish customs, culture, language, food, etc, which will complement their education in class.  

Through most of these activities we will have the Spanish swimmers or Spanish children from a local high school join to foster the Spanish culture and allow our American students the chance to meet and practice their Spanish.

These are the following activities included in the program costs during the program:


  • Welcome dinner with Spanish swimmers or students
  • Day trip to the beach with Spanish swimmers or students
  • Visit to the Alcazar palace, Plaza España, and cathedral of Seville
  • Walking tour of Barrio de Santa Cruz (Old Jewish Quarter)
  • Tapas in Triana neighbourhood
  • 3 Day trips with Spanish swimmers or students - TBD
  • Dinner to celebrate 4th of July at the Hard Rock Cafe Sevilla with Spanish swimmers or students
  • Farewell dinner with Spanish swimmers or students

Please note:

  • All of these activities students will be accompanied by a minimum of 1 bilingual (Spanish-English) SAIIE staff member + a proffesional tour guide in English
  • Most activities will be with the organize with Spanish children. SAIIE fosters immersion as much as possible


Summer 2020

Program Dates: June 27, 2020 - July 25, 2020

Program Cost: $5,150

Program Cost Includes:

  • SAIIE full-time tuition and fees
  • Airport reception, pick up and transfer (includes transfer to Spanish home and transfer to airport at the end of the program)
  • On-site orientation
  • 24/7 on-site support throughout the term
  • Accommodation with Spanish family and full board + one load of laundry per week are included in the program cost.
  • Tour in English of the Cathedral, Alcazar Palace, Barrio de Santa Cruz (Old Jewish quarter) and Plaza España.
  • 4 week Intensive Spanish language course at the SAIIE Center. 
  • 4 weeks of training at Swimming team “Club Naútico”.
  • 5 weekly training sessions with "Club Náutico". Practices are held in the early evening
  • 1 club hat
  • Gym membership throughout the duration of the program at Cuesta Sport gym located right next to the SAIIE Center.
  • 4 day trips with other Spanish students
  • 4th of July lunch celebration with Spanish swimmers/students
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner with Spanish swimmers/students


Out-of-Pocket Costs Include:

  • U.S. Passport ($135)
  • Airfare (estimated at $1,200)
  • Mandatory International Student Identification Card (ISIC) ($25)
  • Medical and Life Insurance

*Costs subject to change, please contact Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. for the most up-to-date program costs.


Summer Session l October 1   May 1 
Summer Session ll October 1   May 1 

Missed the deadline? 
Please contact SAIIE  to enquire about late application options.



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Sean Chipres
High School Coordinator
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Sean Chipres graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Platteville with honors in an International Studies degree.

Prior to his studies in the US, he had received his entire education in Seville, Spain. He is fluent in Spanish, English and French.

He began to work for the Spanish-American Institute of International Education in 2001. Sean has worked in several departments at the program (Student affairs, Planning and Development, Athletic Programs, etc).

In 2007 he become the Program Manager and has developed many new programs (FLP, Athletic Programs, High School Program).

Sean is the High School coordinator for all of our programs.

His biggest passions include travelling and meeting new people from around the world.

“I love my job and international education. The most gratifying part of my job is to see how students evolved throughout their study abroad experience and how they turned into new people after their experience is over, and to know that we played a big part in it”.


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Samantha Chipres
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Samantha is the youngest of four, following her brother's steps in education: went to the French School where she graduated from High School to later jumping into the American system through SAIIE to finally graduating with a Bachelors degree in International Studies from UW-Platteville. 

In 2007 she began working in SAIIE as Assistant Student Affairs. In 2010, she became the Student Affairs Director; amongst her duties, she organised excursions and cultural activities, served as the 24/7 emergency contact for all students, placed students with corresponding households and roommates, carefully selected host families through a comprehensive interview process and arranged contracts.

In 2016, Samantha moved to London to continue her education and pursued her Master's Degree in International Business at the Regent's University of London. 

With her new role as Director back in SAIIE, her responsibilities are to continue helping in the Student Affairs department, as well as to work with the Planning and Development department in the decision-making process for upcoming projects, developing new strategies and ideas to improve our services for the students and to create potential partnerships with U.S. universities.

"My number one passion is to travel to different parts of the world and getting to know their culture. To be able to be a small part of an unforgettable experience such as studying abroad is an honour. Seeing the students sad to leave Seville and us at the end of the semester means that we have done our job to show them that this city and this program are special".

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Stuart Chipres
Resident Director
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Stuart Chipres was born and raised in Seville (Spain) with a huge international background (Dual-citizenship: American-British). He studied at the French School in Seville for 10 years, and then went on to study at Padres Blancos High School, a well-known private Catholic school in Seville. Once graduated from High School, he jumped into the American system going to the Spanish American Institute of International Education, to finish graduating as a student of the University of Wisconsin- Platteville with an International Studies degree.

In 1999 he began working for the Spanish-American Institute in the accounting department and since then, he has moved through all the departments working in the registrar department, student affairs and academic departments. In 2009 he became the Director of the Spanish-American Institute of International Education.

Fluent in three languages (Spanish, English and French), he loves travelling around the world and has been almost everywhere (US, Asia, Europe and Africa). However, his biggest passions are a clear representation of Andalusian culture: Soccer, Semana Santa, Bullfighting and the overall lifestyle.

"It's a pleasure to share my International experience, views on life and passion for Sevilla with American students from all over the US and different backgrounds. Their transformation is breathtaking and makes me prouder than anything else in my life."