SUMMER 2022

         SUMMER SESSION I: June 19 - July 3
         SUMMER SESSION II: July 3 - July 17 
         ELIGIBILITY:Open to all boy and girl students (age 14-17 years old)
         LANG. LEVEL:From beginning to advanced
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This unique program in Seville allows students (boys and girls), age 14-17 years old, who are rowing at an elite level, back at their home countries, to have an international rowing & cultural experience in Spain.

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

Train on the Gualdalquivir River in Sevilla for two weeks with high class coaching on 400 miles of water, popular among the best junior, collegiate and national rowing teams in Europe.  Row with your peers and meet new friends while experiencing the culture of southern Spain and learning Spanish.

The rowing program is organized by the head rowing coach at Club Naútico, David Cifuentes (Spain's National Under 23 coach), who leads and works with his assistants who will coach the students from SAIIE.

This program is a full cultural immersion where our students take Spanish language courses at SAIIE centre as well as being immersed into the Spanish culture through the housing, rowing and cultural program that is set up for them.



In its list of sporting achievements is the distinguished Stadium Cup (Copa Stadium), and the 1985 National Sports Award (Premio Nacional de Deportes), which was awarded to the Club for its special contribution to the development of its club sports.

Many rowers from the Club have participated in the Olympics. Here is a list of the names of past Club Nautico Sevilla´s Olympians:

  • Rome 1960: José Antonio Sahuquillo, Enrique Castelló, Joaquín Real.
  • Los Angeles 1984: Fernando Climent (Silver Medal).
  • Seoul 1988: Fernando Climent, Enrique Briones.
  • Barcelona 1992: Fernando Climent, José María de Marco, Fernando Molina, Enrique Briones.
  • Atlanta 1996: Fernando Climent, José Mª de Marco (Diploma), Alfredo Girón, Juan Manuel Florido, Esperanza Márquez.
  • Athens 2004: Juan Manuel Florido.
  • Beijing 2008: Camila Vargas.

In 2009, The Seville City Town Hall awarded the club with the distinction of the best Club in Sevilla. The Club was named the best sports club in Andalusia in 1993, and again in 2003.

Some of the Rowing team´s major milestones include 1 Olympic Silver medal at the hands of the current president of the Spanish Rowing Federation (FER), Mr. Fernando Climent, as well as 11 Gold, 11 Silver, and 21 Bronze medals in World Championships. In Spanish Championships they have won 596 medals (203 Gold, 197 Silver, and 196 Bronze). In the 2011-2012 season, Club Náutico Sevilla was ranked in first position in the national ranking of rowing clubs by

the Spanish Rowing Federation. 



How does it work?

Students participating in this program will be rowing at Club Nautico during the evenings from Monday - Friday while taking their Spanish language courses at SAIIE in the mornings. The group of students will be coached by coaches with National Coaching certifications.

Rowing program Includes:

  • 2 weeks of rowing training sessions.
  • 5 weekly training sessions with the rowing club "Club Náutico Sevilla". 
  • Free gym membership throughout the duration of the program at Cuesta Sport gym (located in the same building as the SAIIE Center).



  • Starts with stretching 
  • Coach will explain practice and athletes will go out to the water.
  • Start up with some warm up exercises
  • Coninue with steady state, drills, and fartlek intervals



  • Students must be rowing on their high school team or club team back home.   
  • In the 2k Concept Rowing Ergometer test female student-athletes cannot exceed 8:20 and male student-athletes 7:45.

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



Summer 2022

Session I: June 19 - July 3
Session II: 
July 3 - July 17

Program Cost per student: $2,495 


Program Cost Includes:

  • SAIIE full-time tuition and fees.
  • Airport reception, pick up and transfer (includes transfer to Spanish home and transfer to airport, train station or bus station at the end of the program).
  • On-site orientation.
  • 24/7 on-site support throughout the term.
  • 4th of July lunch celebration.
  • Accommodation with Spanish family and most meals (Sunday dinner to Friday lunch) + one load of laundry per week.
  • Tour in English of the Cathedral, Alcazar Palace, Barrio de Santa Cruz (Old Jewish quarter) and Plaza España.
  • 2 week Intensive Spanish language course at the SAIIE Center. Mo-Fri (3 hrs per day).
  • 2 weeks of training with Rowing team “Club Naútico”.
  • 5 weekly training sessions with "Club Náutico". Practices are held in the early morning.
  • 1 race
  • Gym membership throughout the duration of the program at Cuesta Sport gym located right next to the SAIIE Center.
  • Day trip to the beach.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • Farewell dinner.
  • SAIIE Certification at the end of the Spanish language course certifying the amount of hours and course taken. 

Out-of-Pocket Costs Include:

  • Passport.
  • Airfare.
  • Mandatory International Student Identification Card (ISIC). 
  • Medical and Life Insurance.

Please note:

  • A minimun of 3 students are required to open a class.
  • If there's only one student to offer the class the student must pay an extra fee of $700.
  • If there's 2 students each student must pay a fee of $175.

*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 I October 1        May 15 - Ext. May 30 

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


Hours per week: 15hrs 
Classes: Monday - Friday
Students per class: 3 to 8 
Levels*: Classes are offered at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. 
Courses: Spanish language classes will be held in the mornings from Mo - Fri (3 hrs per day).




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

  • Welcome Tapas dinner
  • Dinner to celebrate 4th of July at the Hard Rock Cafe Sevilla (Not included to Session I participants)
  • Visit the Alcazar palace, Plaza España, and Cathedral of Seville
  • Walking tour of Barrio de Santa Cruz (Old Jewish Quarter)
  • Day trip to the beach 
  • Farewell dinner

Please note: 

  • For all of these activities, our students will always be accompanied by 1-2 bilingual (Spanish-English) SAIIE staff members. 
  • We will also offer a number of cultural/social activities throughout the two weeks for an added costs (250€ aprox.)



 Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday Sunday 
9:15am   Breakfast  Breakfast  Breakfast  Breakfast  Breakfast Breakfast  Breakfast
10:00am - 1:00pm     Spanish Language  course Spanish Language  course Spanish Language 
Spanish Language  course Spanish Language  course Day trip to the Beach Cultural Activity
1:00pm - 2:30pm       Visit Barrio de Santa Cruz (Old Jewish Quarter)  Visit the Alcazar Visit
Visit Metrosol parasol      Visit Plaza España  Free time
2:30pm - 3:00pm   Lunch  Lunch  Lunch  Lunch  Lunch  Paella meal
3:00pm - 6:00pm  Bus tour Visit Nervion shopping mall  Visit Triana / Ice Cream  Visit the Aquarium  Free time Isla Magica (Water park)
7:00pm - 9:00pm Rowing
Return from Beach Isla Magica (Water park)
10:00pm Welcome Tapas Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Tapas out in Triana Dinner Dinner
12:00pm Lights out Lights out Lights out Lights out Lights out Lights out Lights out



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 student's intercultural experience because it helps to improve language skills and increase cultural awareness, two key goals of the program.

The main 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. 

Spanish families are made up of a married couple with or without 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 PRIOR TO ARRIVAL to 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 rowing Club where they will be rowing. 

Meals from Sunday dinner to Friday lunch are included in the program costs.  For those days that a trip has been scheduled 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. 




LOCATION: Seville is located in the southern region of Spain, one hour away from the Atlantic Ocean, two hours away from Portugal, and three hours away from Africa. 

MORE THAN 10,000 YEARS OF HISTORY: Our culture has been influenced by the Tartessians, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Muslims and lastly by the Christians.

CLIMATE: We enjoy a Mediterranean climate: a very hot and dry summer, and a very mild winter. Our average temperature throughout the year goes from 78 F to 55 F. 

TRADITIONS: Flamenco dancing, Feria de Sevilla, Holy Week (Semana Santa), Tapas, Siestas, etc. 

MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE:  Olive oil is the base and essential ingredient to our cuisine, vegetables are a must with our meals, our deserts are mostly fresh fruit, fresh oranges every day of the year, we love our wine and finally, we can't live without our "Jamón Serrano".

SEVILLE HAS UNESCO'S WORLD HERITAGE SITES: the Cathedral of Seville (it is the third largest cathedral in the world and the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world), the Alcázar Royal Palace (still in use by the King and Queen of Spain), and the Archive of Indies (where the original documents of the ships going to America when it was first discovered). 

SEVILLE HAS BEEN AN INSPIRATION TO FAMOUS WRITERS AND ARTISTS: Such as Orson Wells, Ernest Hemingway, Murillo and Cervantes.


  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
  • Captain Alatriste (2006)
  • Knight and Day (2010)
  • The Dictador (2012)
  • Game of Thrones (2015)

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.








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Sean Chipres
Program Manager
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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, and 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."

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