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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."


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Samantha Chipres
Director and Student Affairs
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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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Sean Chipres
Planning and Development Director
Faculty Led Program Coordinator
Coordinator of Athletic Programs 
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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 as the Assistant Student Affairs department. In January 2005 he was promoted to Director Student Affairs.

In 2007 he become the Director of the  Planning & Development department.

Among his duties he's involved in all the marketing and recruiting for the SAIIE program, as well as public relations for SAIIE with other educational institutions. He is also the coordinator of all the athletic programs offered at SAIIE as well as the coordinator of all the faculty led programs we host.

Since 2010 he has been involved in the development of SAIIE cultural immersion program (internships, ONG's, and volunteer opportunities), along with the creation and design of SAIIE’s new website, catalogs, brochures and social media.

In 2012, Mr. Chipres developed a study abroad program for student athletes starting with the soccer program. The sports program for college athletes has been a huge success and now we offer rowing, volleyball, basketball, swimming,rugby and water polo programs for student athletes. 

Since 2014, he has been the Faculty Led Program Coordinator for all faculty led programs hosted by SAIIE.

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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Jose Luis Sierra
Academic Director
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Jose Luis Sierra is the oldest member of the Spanish-American Institute of International Education. He began in 1988 with us as a teacher, and since 1992 he has had the responsibility of being the Academic Director of the program.

Mr. Sierra has a degree in Geography and History from the University of Seville in 1985 with a specialty in Contemporary Spanish History (19th and 20th centuries). Afterwards he broadened his studies related to the evolution of the European left wing parties.

At the same time he completed the classes of Pedagogical Adaptation that Spanish law requires to be able to teach. Professionally his first steps were not related with teaching.

Mr. Sierra began working for the autonomous administration conducting field studies about seasonal migration in Andalucía. He later participated in making a toponimic map of the Doñana National Park (Huelva), a study run by the Superior Council of Scientific Investigation.

In over these 20 years Mr. Sierra has taught different classes such as Geography of the Mediterranean Lands; Spanish Painters of the 16th-20th Centuries; Latin American History and 20th Century Spanish History.

"I love reading, music, cinema, and also enjoy travelling. My biggest reward is the much appreciation we get back from our students!"


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Regla Rojo
Secretary
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Regla Rojo began working with interns at expositions and fairs in PR while completing her studies as Administrator and Management Secretary. In 1990 she began working at the Spanish-American Institute of International Education working in Administration as assistant to the Registrar.

Little by little her work shifted to adapt to the changing needs of the growing program. During all these years she has witnessed many students passing through SAIIE.

"I like to see the evolution and changes that the students experience from arrival until the very end of the program. What I most enjoy is feeling useful and providing information to the students. Among my hobbies what stands out is listening to 80´s music, going to the movies, reading, and spending time with my family."