LIBERAL ARTS, BUSINESS, SPANISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE
|FALL 2020 / SPRING 2020|
Fall: April 15, 2019
This program is designed for students from begginning to advanced level of Spanish, and for those who want to combine their academic experience with the total cultural immersion through the extra curricular activities offered by our program.
That is why SAIIE has teamed together with the University of Seville, to offer students a wide range of classes that allow the student to flexibly combine different types of courses.
Students may choose between the following, amongst other various subjects:
Spanish language courses (From beginning to advanced level)
Spanish literature courses (Cervantes, feminine literature, travel/medieval/contemporary literature…)
Spanish culture courses (Spanish civilization, flamenco, gastronomy, wine, Spanish folklore…)
Courses about the history and anthropology related to Spain, Europe and Latin America.
Business courses (marketing, European Union…)
Art courses (history of art, cinema, painting, photography…)
Each student must take between a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 18, per semester. Each class consists of 45 class hours, worth 3 credits except SPAN 3100 (Intercambio Activity), worth 1 credit.
- All courses taught in Spanish at SAIIE or the University of Seville (US) require students to have completed 5 semesters of Spanish college or equivalent of college-level Spanish. However, at SAIIE we do offer Spanish language courses that do not require 5 semesters of Spanish college or equivalent. Please view course list to see course language requirements.
- This program offers students the chance to take courses taught in English and Spanish.
- Classes are taught from Monday to Thursday, usually on alternating days (Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday) and 2 hours per session.
- Classes will be taught at two centres; the SAIIE facilities and the University of Seville’s main building . Both centres are located in the historical centre of Seville, approximately 15 minutes walk away.
It is mandatory that every student takes the ART 3800 class (Artistic Monuments in Seville taught in Spanish) or ART 3900 (Artistic Monuments in Seville taught in English).
A 3 credits Spanish language or literature course:
-Spanish language courses are offered by SAIIE and US (Universidad de Sevilla) from beginning to advanced level.
-Spanish literature courses are offered for students that have completed at least five semesters or equivalent of college-level Spanish.
- Take a minimum of 2 classes at the University of Seville taught in English or Spanish.
- Have completed at least one full-time semester of college at the time of application and have at least sophomore standing at the time of participation.
- A student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.25 GPA (semester applicants)* or 2.0 GPA (winterim or summer applicants)**
- A student must be in good academic standing at the time of participation.
- No prior knowledge of Spanish is required. However, if you choose a class taught in Spanish from the University of Seville or SAIIE (except the Spanish language courses), you will need to have studied a minimum of 5 semesters of Spanish at university. This condition is crucial for the correct understanding and participation of the student.
All students participating in our program are placed in carefully screened Spanish homes, usually in pairs. 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.
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.
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. Therefore, all students must live in Spanish homes; that is, no students are allowed to live independently in their own apartments or in any other housing situation that is not approved by and under the direct supervision of the Institute's staff.
HOST FAMILY INFORMATION
All students will receive their host family information UPON ARRIVAL into Seville. Our Student Affairs Department will provide airport pick-up. Host family information is released at the airport pick-up. If it is the case that students arrive outside the airport pick-up hours, then host family information will be released via email or phone.
All students will receive their roommate information UPON ARRIVAL into Seville. All students are housed with other students studying abroad at SAIIE. Each student will have 1 to 3 roommates. Students can list another student on the program they wish to house with on their accommodation questionnaire located in their online application. NO roommate information is released prior to arrival.
Students can easily walk from their homestay to SAIIE, with travel times ranging between 15 and 30 minutes. If students would like to rent a bike while in Seville, the city has an excellent bike rental program called Sevici which many past students have used. The EUSA study center is located a 20-30 minute walk away from the SAIIE facilities and the University of Seville about a 15minute walk. If you cycle it takes 10 minutes to EUSA and 5 minutes to the University of Seville.
The host family will provide breakfast and mid-day meals Monday through Friday and evening meals Sunday through Thursday. The remaining meals must be arranged and paid for out-of pocket by the student.
Internet may or may not be available in the home, but wi-fi is easily accessible at local cafes and at SAIIE.
Each student is allowed 1 load of laundry per week, which is washed by the host family.
WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY...
SAIIE motivates you to travel, learn, and live as a global citizen. You immerse yourself in “la vida Sevillana,” and the experience will never leave you. While taking classes, I saw breathtaking sights, tried many new things, learned about myself, greatly improved my speaking skills, and met individuals who will forever be in my heart. For example, Señora Elena opened her home to me and she is and always will be my second mother. She told me, in Spanish of course, “If you ever return to Sevilla, you will always have a bed in our house!” This is an example of the relationship that SAIIE enables you to have.
"Living with a family for me was a great and rewarding experience. It helped me become more immersed in the language as well as learn about Spanish culture on a deeper level. I would recommend living with a family to anyone who wants to study abroad, you will gain a new perspective and outlook on life."
High Point University
SAIIE strongly promotes the cocurriccular 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.
Throughout the term, every week the school will organize activities in the evening from Monday through Thursday.
Some of these activities will have to be done in group fostering communication and team orientation, which will be very beneficial for the student’s future career. During the term the Student Affairs office will be posting information on our social media about the different opportunities we will be offering our students.
We are very flexible with all the activities and will change them to meet the needs of our students.
Some of these trips could include the following:
It's a town that you'll need to come back again and again to visit and you'll make new discoveries and friends every time you visit!
Click here to view more photos of Ronda!
Aracena is a small town located in the province of Huelva. The historic quarter, declared a Cultural Object, and the grotto of Maravillas are the main attractions.
The first thing we see as we approach the town, is an Almohad tower that bore for almost two hundred years the standard of the Templar Knights. The city centre has numerous interesting monuments, such as the castle and church of the Templar Knigths, from the 13th and 14th centuries; the Renaissance church of Asunción, from the 16th century; the old City Hall, a medieval building with a 16th-century main front; and the Gothic church of Nuestra Señora del Mayor Dolor, from the 13th and 15th centuries, the oldest in Aracena. However, the most interesting of all is the grotto of Maravillas, with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, which at 1,500 metres is one of the longest caves in Spain. Inside the grotto we find twelve halls and six lakes.
In Roman times, Córdoba had more cultural buildings than Rome. It was the capital of the province of Hispania Baetica. Remains of the Roman Temple built by Claudius Marcellus, the Roman Bridge and other Roman remains can still be seen around the city.
Córdoba was conquered by the Moors in 711, and Moorish influence can still be felt in the city. During the time of Islamic rule, Córdoba was the largest city and embodied the most sophisticated culture and the most developed bureaucracy in Europe.
The most important monument in the city is the former Mosque (the 3rd largest mosque in the world), known by its Spanish name, Mezquita. After the conquest, the Christians built a cathedral in the middle of this large complex, so it is now two sacred sites in one.
Córdoba was recovered from Muslim invaders by Christian forces as part of the Reconquista in 1236, and became a centre of activity against the remaining Islamic population. Surviving Renaissance monuments in Córdoba include the Palacio de Viana, the city's Ducal Palace.
Click here to view more photos of Córdoba!
Located in the most Southern point of Spain, the rock of Gibraltar occupies a strategic position at the eastern entrance to the narrow straight and guards the only exit from the Mediterranean to the wide ocean beyond. Gibraltar has been in the historical limelight for over 3,000 years.
It was during the capture of Gibraltar by the Castillians (1309-1333) that the streets of the lower town were constructed and Gibraltar became a substancial city.
Gibraltar became a British garrison in 1830 (During the War of the Spanish Succession) and was declared a colony. Since then Britain and Spain have have had many disputes over the territory.
Among its many tourist attractions one of the main ones is to visit the monkeys on the rock. Nobody knows how the famous tailless Macaques came to be on the Rock.
Click here to view more photos of Gibraltar!
One of the best museums of its kind in Spain, located in the Maria Luisa Park and originally built as part of the 1929 exhibition. The focus is on the Romans, but there is also a prehistorical section which includes the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Later, the Phoenicians, the Greeks and the Carthaginians all traded and settled in what is now the province of Seville.
Be sure not to miss the Carambolo Treasure located in the section of the Phoenician colonisation. In 1958, workmen digging foundations for a new sports club found twenty one pieces of gold jewellery, including a necklace, bracelets and pieces from a crown dating from the 6th century. In the design, there are clear connections with the Orient, raising questions about who these people were who were the inhabitants of Andalucia all those thousands of years ago.
The basement here houses Paleothic artifacts and items, such as copies of the remarkable Tartessian Carambolo treasures. This hoard of 6th century BC gold jewellery was discovered near Seville in 1958.
The main galleries are upstairs and are devoted to the Roman era with statues and fragments rescued from the nearby ancient site of Italica. Highlights include a third century BC mosaic from Ecija and sculptures of local born emperors, Trajan and Hadrian. The rooms continue to Moorish Spain via Palaeo-Christian sarucophagi. Visigothic relics and artifacts discovered at Medina Azahara.
Spend the day in a unique town where we will take you to the one of the most famous wineries we have in Spain, González Byass. Learn the process of how they make sherry wine and its history.
González Byass is one of Spain's most well-known sherry bodega. Its origins can be traced to 1835 when the business was started by Manuel María González Angel, who was subsequently joined by his English agent, Robert Blake Byass. The González family assumed sole control of the business in 1988. The firm produces the world known sherry Tío Pepe.
Not only was the Gonzalez family at the forefront of sherry winemaking, they’ve also participated in the introduction of the polo game in Spain, the first grass tennis court, the installation of the first electric lighting and running water in the plant, the first train project in Spain as well as numerous other industrial and cultural innovations.
Cádiz is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in southwestern Europe. The “Tacita de Plata” was founded in 1100 B.C. by the Phoenicians, a seafaring people who turned Gadir into an important trading colony where the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Visigoths and the Muslims would all subsequently settle. An open, cosmopolitan city, it sport was chosen by Columbus as the point of departure for his second voyage to the New World. The city would then become, after the decline of Seville, the port to The Indies, drawing the flow of trade with the American Continent. This frantic commercial activity then brought about an era of economic, cultural splendour, when Baroque palaces with their characteristic towers offering amazing views were built.
Havana is Cadiz! A stroll along the Cadiz sea front, from La Caleta to the Campo del Sur, will remind the visitor of the image of the avenue the Malecón in Havana, as there are many similarities between Cadiz and Latin American cities, thanks to the constant flow of people travelling between Cadiz and the New World. The cathedral in Cadiz is a good example of this influence, as are several of the manor houses and the towers with their views which grew up in the midst of old Cadiz’s cityscape during the expansion into America.
The capital of Spain, located in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula and right in the center of the country, with a population of over three million people. Madrid is cosmopolitan city, a business center, headquarters for the Public Administration Government, Spanish Parliament and the home of the Spanish Royal Family. Madrid also plays an important role in both the banking and industrial sectors.
Madrid, originally called Mayrit, was founded by the emir of Córdoba Muhammad at the end of the 9th century. During the Reconquest of Spain by the Christians, Madrid passed from Muslim to Christian hands several times, it was the origin of the mixture of cultures which characterizes the city still today.
The present location of Madrid, in the centre of Spain, was established by the king Alfonso I in 1083. Madrid was nonetheless chosen by Felipe II as the capital of Spain in 1561. However, the Spanish Court moved again to Valladolid in 1601, but it returned definitively to Madrid 5 years later.
What remains today of the distant past are mainly Baroque and Neoclassical structures, and buildings of the 17th and 18th centuries, such as “Plaza Mayor”and “Palacio Real”.
The capital of Portugal since its conquest from the Moors in 1147, Lisbon is a legendary city with over 20 centuries of History. The Alfama is one of the oldest quarters in Lisbon.
Once the launch pad for many of the voyages of discovery (notablyVasco da Gama's epic journey to India), Lisbon was the first true world city, the capital of an empire spreading over all continents, from South America (Brazil) to Asia (Macao, China; Goa, India). It is forever known as the city of the explorers.
Explore World Heritage architectural marvels. The city's legendary seven hills will also seduce you into admiring characteristic mosaic pavements and dazzling tiled façades, and will reward you with strategically placed miradouros or viewpoints offering breathtaking panoramas over the city after a ride on a charming old tram. Lisbon's has a wonderful mix of the old-fashioned and the hip; of the historic and the modern, but you'll also want to go outside the city to the fairytale town of Sintra and to the cosmopolitan shore of Cascais.
In Morocco, we will be visiting the cities of Tangier, Asilah, and Chefchaouen.
Tangier is a city in northern Morocco. It lies on the North African coast at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean of Cape Spartel.
Asilah is a fortified town on the northwest tip of the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Its ramparts and gateworks remain fully intact. Its history dates back to 1500 B.C., when the Phoenicians used it as a base for trade. This town has been occupied since than by the Portuguese (1471), the Spaniards (1912), and now the Morrocans.
Chefchaouen is a city in northwest Morocco. It is the chief twon of the province of the same name, and is noted for its buildings in shades of blue. The city was founded in 1471, as a small fortress which still exists to this day, by Moorish exiles from Spain to fight the Portuguese invasions of northern Morocco. In 1920, the Spanish seized Chefchaouen. Spain returned the city after the independence of Morocco in 1956
Granada is situated in the eastern part of the region of Andalusia. Its unique history has bestowed it with an artistic grandeur embracing Moorish palaces and Christian Renaissance treasures. As the last Moorish capital on the Iberian Peninsula, it also holds great symbolic value.
The Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, is in Granada. It is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic historical legacy with its many cultural attractions that make Granada a popular destination among the touristic cities of Spain.
The Almohad influence on architecture is preserved in the area of the city called the Albaicin with its fine examples of Moorish and Morisco construction.
Granada is also well known for the Sierra Nevada Mountains where you can ski. This is Europe’s most southerly ski resort and it is small in comparison to other European resorts.
We run a successful language exchange service, the “intercambio program”, through which we assign each student a native Spanish partner. This gives students the chance to practice and improve their speaking skills in a fun and relaxed environment outside the classroom, whilst meeting local Spaniards and learning about the culture.
Today, SAIIE offers athletic programs in the following sports: soccer, swimming, basketball, volleyball, rowing, water polo, and rugby.
This program is the perfect combination of sport and study, offering student athletes the chance to add a sports element to their academic studies at SAIIE. To find out more about each program please visit our athletic site here.
Students at SAIIE will have the chance to participate in volunteering opportunities at Padres Blancos. Padres Blancos School is a private catholic institution in Seville, well reputed for its education, faculty, facilities, and resources.
WHAT AGES/GRADES ARE SERVED ?
Kindergarden (ages 3 to 6)
Primary (ages 6 to 11)
Secondary (called ESO) (ages 11 to 16)
High School (called Bachillerato) (ages 16 to 18)
WHEN ARE THEY IN SESSION ?
Padres Blancos’ academic year starts the second week of September and lasts until mid-June, with examination weeks in late-June and early-September for any students that fall behind.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL IN THE U.S. AND HIGH SCHOOL IN SPAIN ?
High schools are very strict in Spain. The curriculum tends to be broader and more difficult. This is because Spanish students must take special exams before entering university. Depending upon their grades, they can access the field of study they want or may be forced to choose another career. These exams are called “examenes de selectividad”. The level of difficulty is extremely high, especially at a school like Padres Blanco.
WHAT TYPES OF VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT "PADRES BLANCOS" ?
In the past, our students have assisted in English classes; looked after kids during lunch breaks; practiced and played soccer, basketball and volleyball with the student teams; and joined painting, dancing, and theatre groups. Students can also join spiritual groups or participate in service work.
ARE THERE ANY PREREQUISITES SKILLS NEEDED ?
No specific skills are required. However, students must be willing to help and make a commitment.
IS THERE A LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT ?
Even though it is recommended you speak a little Spanish, it is not required. However, you should be eager to learn.
WHO WILL THE STUDENTS BE WORKING WITH ?
Depending upon the activities chosen, students will work with faculty and/or coaches at Padres Blancos and the program coordinator at the Spanish-American Institute of International Education(SAIIE).
WHAT IS THE TYPICAL TIME COMMITMENT FOR EACH OPPORTUNITY ?
It depends upon the student and their schedule, but most students volunteer a minimum of one day per week for 2 ½ hours.
CAN I RECEIVE ACADEMIC CREDIT FOR THE EXPERIENCE ?
At the moment, academic credit is not available through the SAIIE nor the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, however we hope to have a credit-bearing experience available in the near future.
HOW CAN A LEARN MORE ?
ACADEMIC CREDIT, GRADING, AND TRANSCRIPT
Credits are certified by UW-Platteville and will be validated on an official UW-Platteville transcript at the end of the semester. Credits earned also become part of an official academic record at UW-Platteville.
While all credits should be transferable, please note that if you wish any of your courses to fulfill specific requirements for your major, minor, or general education, you must seek the necessary approval from the appropriate person(s) from your home campus.
NON UW-PLATTEVILLE STUDENTS
When you are accepted into the SAIIE program you should inform your academic advisor and study abroad office at your home campus about your intent to go abroad on our program.
You will remain enrolled at your home institution as a "degree-seeking" student. You will be enrol at UW-Platteville for only the term you are going abroad as a "special student."
After being accepted into the program you will need to identify the courses you would like to take at SAIIE and find out what paperwork is necessary from your home campus to ensure transfer credit.
Most campuses have a document or form for you to complete. This form may be called something like "international study course approval form" or "study abroad transfer credit form." You must complete this form in full with all necessary and appropriate signatures (from academic advisors and department chairs) to ensure credit transfer.
To acquire approval, some department chairs at your home campus may request to see course descriptions for the courses you intend to take abroad, or the syllabi for approving transfer credit for a articular course. Please see here for a full list of course descriptions and syllabi.
At the end of the term you will receive one official UW-Platteville transcript for the term abroad with SAIIE. This transcript will be sent to your home school's Registrar's or Admission's Office for transfer credit.
GRADING & TRANSCRIPTS
SAIIE GRADING SYSTEM & TRANSCRIPTS
SAIIE students are graded according to the specified criteria in each syllabus. Generally speaking, for each course there are three exams per semester. In addition to this, there will be various quizzes, oral presentations and pieces of homework that each student must complete. Assistance is also an important factor which we take into account when grading students.
All students participating in the SAIIE program will be issued a grade report upon completion of the program which will be sent to the address requested by the student. They will also be issued an official transcript from UW-Platteville.
Only one official transcript is provided by the Institute for Study Abroad Programs office. For information on how to request another official UW-Platteville transcript for a student who has completed a program with SAIIE please visit the UW-Platteville Registrar's Office website at: https://campus.uwplatt.edu/registrar/transcripts
SAIIE GRADING SCALE :
97 – 100 A+ 77 - 79 C+
93 – 96 A 73 - 76 C
90 – 92 A- 70 - 72 C-
87 – 89 B+ 67 - 69 D+
83 – 86 B 63 - 66 D
80 – 82 B- 60 - 62 D-
Below 60 F
UNIVERSITY OF SEVILLE AND EUSA GRADING SYSTEM
University of Sevilla transcripts will be forwarded to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville from 1 to 3 months after courses are completed. UW-Platteville will then convert the grading scale to the U.S. Grade Equivalent and forward transcripts to the home institution and the credits earned also become part of an official academic record at UW-Platteville. Please remember that all classes taken at Universidad de Sevilla will be awarded 3 semester credits.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will use the World Education Services (WES) grade conversion for Spain as follows to convert your grades from the University of Seville and EUSA:
US AND EUSA GRADING SCALE
|Scale||U.S. Grade Equiv.|
Fall 2020 Dates: Mid September, 2020 - Mid December, 2020 (TBD)
|September||Depart the United States|
|September||Arrive in Seville, Spain|
|September||Classes Begin at SAIIE|
|October||Optional Portugal Weekend Trip|
|October||Optional hiking day trip|
|October||Included weekend trip to Granada|
|November||Included Ronda day trip|
|November||Included Córdoba day trip|
|November||Included Itálica day trip|
|December||End of the Term, Accommodation Checkout, and First Day to Leave|
Spring 2020 Dates: January 27, 2020 - May 8, 2020
|January 26||Depart the United States|
|January 27||Arrive in Spain at Seville Airport (SVQ)|
|January 28-30||Conversations classes (Introduction to Southern Spanish culture)|
|February 3||Classes begin at SAIIE|
|February 7||Included Ronda day trip|
|February 14-16||Optional weekend trip to Portugal (Lisbon)|
|February 21||Included Itálica day trip|
|February 24-26||SAIIE First Exams|
|March 6-8||Included Morocco weekend trip|
|March 13||Optional Hiking day trip|
|March 20||Optional day trip to Aracena|
|March 23-26||SAIIE Second Exams|
|March 27-29||Optional Granada weekend trip|
|April 5-12||Spanish Holiday! (Semana Santa)|
|April 17||Included Córdoba day trip|
|April 27-May 3||Spanish Holiday! (Feria)|
|May 4-5||SAIIE Final Exams|
|May 6-7||SAIIE Final Exams / Farewell Party|
|May 8||End of the Term, Accommodation Checkout, and First Possible Day to Depart|
Fall 2020/Spring 2020 Program Cost*
$12,495 for WI and MN Residents, and Students from Co-Op Institutions
$12,895 for UW-Platteville Tri-State Initiative Students
$13,495 for Non-Residents
Fall 2020/Spring 2020 Program Cost Includes
- UW-Platteville Education Abroad program fees and support services before, during, and after the program
- SAIIE full-time tuition and fees
- Mandatory CISI health and medical evacuation insurance
- Airport reception and on-site orientation
- 24/7 on-site support throughout the term
- Accommodation with most meals and one load of laundry per week
- Program excursions and activities (Morocco weekend excursion -Spring-, Ronda day excursion, Cordoba day excursion, and Italica day excursion)
- Welcome and Farewell meals
Fall 2020/Spring 2020 Out-of-Pocket Costs Include
- U.S. Passport ($135)
- Spanish Visa (estimated at $160)
- Airfare (estimated at $1,000)
- Meals not included with accommodation (estimated at $500)
- Mandatory International Student Identification Card (ISIC) ($25)
- Local transportation (estimated at $150)
- School supplies and books (estimated at $75)
- Optional excursions and activities (costs will be determined depending on the number of participants but will include: Portugal weekend excursion, Morocco weekend excursion, Jerez day excursion, Aracena day excursion, Gibraltar day excursion and Carmona day excursion)
- Athletics programs
|TERM ABROAD||APPLICATION CYCLE OPENS||APPLICATION DEADLINE|
|Fall 2020||October 1||April 15|
|Spring 2020||April 1||November 1|
|Academic Year 2019/20||October 1||April 15|
Missed the deadline? Please contact UW-Platteville Education Abroad to enquire about late application options.
They are many financial aid opportunities available for students studying abroad. Some may only be available to students who fit certain criteria (a particular major or location, for example), so please read the information carefully prior to applying. To learn more about the financial aid information please visit our financial aid website.