SUMMER 2023

         SUMMER SESSION: June 18 - July 1
         ELIGIBILITY:Open to all male and female students (age 16-17 years old)
         LANG. LEVEL:From beginning to advanced
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This unique program in Seville allows students (male and female), age 16-17 years old, who are swimming at an elite level, back at their home countries, to have an international study abroad, cultural & swimming experience in Spain.

To offer this program SAIIE works with local swimming clubs in Sevilla (coed) where our student/swimmers will train while studying Spanish language at SAIIE.



Hours per week: 15hrs 
Classes: Monday - Friday
Students per class: 4 to 12
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).

*A placement exam is administered when students arrive to determine the student's Spanish level (Oral and written). 





Students participating in this program will be swimming at Club Nautico or Círculo Mercantil e Industrial de Sevilla swimming clubs 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.

Swimming program Includes:

  • 2 weeks of swimming training sessions
  • 5 weekly training sessions
  • 1 club hat
  • Gym membership throughout the duration of the program.


Swimming Requirements

  • Open to 16-17 years old
  • Students must be swimming at their school or club team back at their home.
  • Students must meet a certain result in their specialized discipline 

Please contact the Program Manager, Mr. Sean Chipres to find out more about the different times require to participate in the swimming program.







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

  • Welcome dinner
  • 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: 

  • We will also offer a number of activities throughout the two weeks for an added costs.






 Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday Sunday 
8:45am - 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 - 2:00pm       Free time  Free time  Free time  Free time        Free time  Free time
2:00pm - 3:00pm   Lunch  Lunch  Lunch  Lunch  Lunch  Lunch
3:00pm - 5:00pm  Bus Tour Visit Nervion shopping mall Visit Triana / Ice  Cream Visit the Aquarium  Free time Isla Magica (Water park)
5:00pm - 7:00pm Swimming Practice Swimming Practice Swimming Practice Swimming Practice Swimming Practice Return from Beach Isla Magica (Water park)
9:00pm Welcome Tapas Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Tapas
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 swimming Club where they will be swimming. 

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 







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.







Summer 2023

Program Dates: June 18 - July 1 (TBD)

Program cost per student: $1,950 

Program Cost Includes:

  • SAIIE full-time tuition and fees.
  • Airport reception, pick up, transfer to Spanish home on arrival date.
  • Transfer to airport on departure date.
  • On-site orientation.
  • 24/7 on-site support throughout the term.
  • 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 in the mornings. Mo-Fri (3 hrs per day)
  • 2 weeks of swimming training.
  • 5 weekly swimming training sessions. Practices are held in the early evening.
  • 1 club hat.
  • Gym membership.
  • Day trip to the beach. 
  • Welcome & 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 ($135)
  • Airfare (estimated at $1,000)
  • Mandatory International Student Identification Card (ISIC) ($25)
  • Meals not included in Program Costs ($150)
  • Local Transportation (estimated at $50)
  • Program Activities (estimated at $250)
  • Personal Expenses (estimated at $300)
  • Mandatory Medical and Life Insurance

Please note:

  • A minimun of 4 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 $400.
  • If there's 2 students each student must pay a fee of $135.

*Costs subject to change, please contact for the most up-to-date program costs.


Summer  October 1        April 15 

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




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Sean Chipres
Program Manager

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

He is fluent in Spanish, English and French.

He began to work for the Spanish-American Institute of International Education in 2001. 

Sean is the High School coordinator for the SAIIE 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

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

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.

Stuart is 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."