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.



Seville is situated in southern Spain and is the capital of Andalucía, with good connections to other major cities and commercial hubs. You can be whizzed off to the Spanish capital of Madrid on the high speed train in just two and half hours, or spend some downtime on the beautiful beaches located an hour away during the summer. 

The area of Andalucía is undoubtedly one of the most traditional regions in Spain, meaning Seville, as it’s charming capital, brings together an eclectic mix of modern city vibes and traditional Spanish culture… think buzzing tapas bars, impressive Moorish architecture, religious festivals, flamenco (Spanish dancing, music and fashion rolled into one), lazy afternoon siestas… the list goes on and on. Many (if not all) of the stereotypes you have heard about Spain and Spanish culture are most probably true of Seville. From the traditional sport of bullfighting to the enchanting atmosphere at the Feria de Abril (April fair), or watching the impressive processions during Semana Santa, there’s never a dull moment in this breathtaking city.

As well as having a large student population, the city offers a wealth of possibilities for studying Liberal Arts. Seville is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its gothic Cathedral (largest Gothic cathedral in the World), the Archivo de Indias (a collection of important documents concerning the discovery of the New World), and the Alcázar (royal palace). Together, these monuments perfectly epitomize the Spanish “Golden Age” and provide for very interesting historical and cultural studies, covering periods of Roman, Moorish, Jewish and Christian reign, and displaying the true mixture of cultures that have each affected and left their mark on the city of Seville in their own way. Even without mentioning these three monuments, there is no shortage of beautiful architectural and historical sights, each with their own unique story and history behind it: the Parque Maria Luisa and Plaza de España, Las Setas (giant wooden structure overlooking the city), the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla (Seville’s bullring), the Torre del Oro… With this in mind, we encourage students to get out into the city on a regular basis and often use the city itself as our classroom to integrate active learning and cultural immersion into our program.

Seville has also provided inspiration to famous writers, artists and musicians over the years to produce some of the pieces that most define Spanish culture today. To list a few examples, the famous Renaissance painter Diego Velázquez, who was a through-and-through “sevillano”. Antonio Machado, the Manuel brothers and Joaquín Romero Murube were all influential Sevillian poets. Cervantes conceived the idea for his most famous book “El ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de La Mancha” whilst imprisoned in the Royal Prison of Seville, and the story of the well-known opera show “Carmen” was written and set in Seville by the French writer Prosper Mérimée. Where better to study these works than in the heart of the city in which they were set?

People say a picture is worth a thousand words, but some things must be seen for themselves. Come to Sevilla and discover the beauty of this magical city with SAIIE. Os estamos esperando.



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.

For more information on housing, please contact the SAIIE Director, Samantha Chipres at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. 



Hours per week: 20hrs 
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?

Video of our US college student-athletes swimming at Club Nautico

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 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


Swimming Requirements

Students must be swimming on their varsity team back at their home school.
Students must meet a certain result in their specialized discipline.

50meters Free style: 00:36.00 (14 - 15 years old)
50meters Free style: 00:32.00 (16 - 17 years old)

If you exceed these times, please contact Sean Chipres the coordinator of all athletic programs at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.


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
  • 2 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




   Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday Sunday 
8:00am - 8:30am  Breakfast  Breakfast  Breakfast  Breakfast  Breakfast Breakfast  Breakfast
9:00am - 12:00am     Spanish Language  course Spanish Language  course Spanish Language  course Spanish Language  course Spanish Language  course Day trip to the Beach  Free time
12:00pm -2:00pm       Free time  Free time  Free time  Free time        Free time Free time  Free time
2:00pm - 3:00pm   Lunch  Lunch  Lunch  Lunch  Lunch Lunch  Lunch
3:00pm - 5:00pm  Free time  Free time  Free time    Free time Free time  Free time
5:00pm - 7:00pm Swimming Practice Swimming Practice Swimming Practice Swimming Practice Swimming Practice Free time Cultural Activity
9:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
11:00pm Lights out Lights out Lights out Lights out Lights out Lights out Lights out


Summer 2020

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

Program Cost: $5,495

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.
  • 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.
  • 3 day trips with other Spanish swimmers (one to the beach and the other 2 TBD).
  • 4th of July lunch celebration with Spanish swimmers.
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner with Spanish swimmers. 

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  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."