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This program allows high school graduates to take a year or semester abroad taking an intensive Spanish language course (beginning, intermediate or advanced levels) at SAIIE or taking a serious of courses at the University of Sevilla, and continue to practice rowing weekly on a Spanish team under the guidance of a Spanish Olimpyc Rowing Coach.

We offer two programs to our students:

University of Seville: Liberal Arts, Business, Spanish Lang. & Culture Program
SAIIE: Intensive Spanish Language Program


  • Must be a high school graduate at the time of application.
  • In the 2k Concept Rowing Ergometer test female student-athletes cannot exceed 8:20 and male student-athletes 7:10. 
  • No previous knowledge of Spanish required
  • A student must be in good academic standing at the time of participation.
  • Students participating at the University of Seville program must take between a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 courses per semester. Each course consists of 45 class hours.
  • A student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 GPA*
  • Completed SAIIE application
  • One letter of recommendation 
  • Official transcript, most recent grade report, or high school diploma 
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa

*If your GPA is below 2.5, you are not automatically disqualified from studying abroad.

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To learn more about the city of Seville and why chose this destination to do your GAP YEAR abroad please visit our website at: 



University of Seville: Liberal Arts
, Business, Spanish Lang. & Culture Program

This program is designed for students from begginning to advanced level of Spanish. Students will take classes at the University of Seville.

Students may choose between the following, amongst other various subjects:







Please note:

  • 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 the University of Seville’s main building . The University of Seville are located in the historical centre of Seville, approximately 15 minutes walk away.

 At the end of the program the student will receive a transcript from the University of Seville with the courses taken.

SAIIE: Intensive Spanish Language Program

This program takes place at the SAIIE center. 

Hours per week: 20hrs 
Classes: Monday - Friday 
Language levels: A placement exam is administered upon arrival to determine the student's Spanish level. Classes are offered at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. 
Courses: Spanish language classes will be held in the mornings from Mo - Fri (4 hrs per day)

At the end of the course the student will receive an official certification from SAIIE acknowledging the hours taken by the student.



It is the students responsibility to obtain credit for the course taken at SAIIE and the University of Seville. 




What makes this Rowing program different from other Rowing camps in Spain?

The Students on this rowing camp will join a Spanish rowing team with whom they will row throughout the year or semester with.

Students participating on this program will have the option of rowing anywhere from 3-5 times per week, giving them the option to participate on cultural activities and weekend trips.

David Cifuentes, head Coach for Club Naútico's rowing team, is one of the coaches for the under 23 Spanish national team.


Why row in Sevilla

If you are an experienced rower, you will know that the conditions of the river and weather are everything. Seville as a city is adapted to make the perfect rowing grounds to train or compete in the sport, and is actually renowned for having the best rowing training facility within Europe.

If you choose Seville, you are promised an all year-round rowing season thanks to the ideal Southern climate it hosts. What makes Seville an even more prime location for rowers is that its River, Guadalquivir, has an eventual end. It is divided off into two sections, meaning no strong currents, creating the perfect waters for rowing. Together, Seville´s weather and water conditions simulate the exact conditions that are set for the Olympics, assuring optimal rowing speed and performance.

SAIIE´s affiliation with the outstanding Club Naútico Sevilla provides an excellent network of reputable and accomplished rowers to train alongside you to develop your rowing skills further.

Finally, the one benefit that is guaranteed when placed on a Spanish rowing team is the opportunity to practice and develop your Spanish. With your teammates being Native Spaniards, your interactions with them will always be in Spanish, giving you sense of total immersion into the Hispanic culture as well as Sevillian dialect. 


Where will you row?

At SAIIE, we work with the well-renowned local rowing club at Club Naútico Sevilla to help student rowers perfect their skills. The “Club Náutico Sevilla” was founded in 1952 by a group of water sports enthusiasts. Among the different sports disciplines, Rowing is one the main branches at the Club. The Club is comprised of over 8000 members, of which there are more than 300 athletes in the rowing, canoeing, sailing, basketball, and swimming sections.

SAIIE students on our Rowing program will be surrounded and integrated in a group of roughly 60 Spanish rowers from juniors to professionals and veterans. They form a varied and extensive network of athletes, making every training session and event a new and exciting learning experience. This has been the basis of the Rowing section´s successful growth within the Club over the 57 years since it was founded.

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.


 Meet the Head Coach


David Cifuentes is the head rowing coach for the senior team at Club Nautico. Not only is he the coach of the senior team but he oversees all other rowing teams in the club as well. In addition to his crucial role at Club Nautico, Cifuentes coaches Spain’s National Under 23 Rowing team. Previously an international rower himself, he rowed 25 times for Spain on the national team and his history of accomplishments showcase a bronze metal from the world cup in the under 23 level. He has vast experience in the rowing world. He started rowing at the age of 13 until 34 during which time he has competed in several world championships and Spanish national championships. Many rowers under his swing have competed in world and national championships. Ex. Álvaro Romero was second in the world junior champinship or Javier García and Jaime Canalejo who ended up 5th in the under 23 world championship

Rowing Program Requirements

  • In the 2k Concept Rowing Ergometer test female student-athletes cannot exceed 8:20 and male student-athletes 7:10.

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For more information about the rowing program we offer to our students in Seville please read the following interview with the student Austin Letorney from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  

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How do you find the trainings in comparison to back home at Club Nautico?
The training is very different. Usually my team at home trains 2-3 times a day and all the guys are there. The training here is a lot in a little amount of time which is good. Even though there is one practice a day, the coaches pack a lot into them.

Do you find them at a good level?
Yes. The lifts are tough, but you definitely see improvements. The rowing is a great base fitness builder and the team is technically very good.

How would the level compare to an average college team in the US?
The level is different. To compete as a top 20 program in the U.S., it takes a couple practices a day. Here, it is just different style of doing things and it works for them. It doesn’t mean one is better than the other. The two countries just have a different way of doing things.

In the US, you are used to only rowing in a boat with 8 people, right?
Typically, the U.S. races in eights. However, for trainings purposes, a lot of high caliber programs train in pairs (two people) and fours. Racing in these boats occur as well, but usually not during the racing year.

At Club Nautico you row in all boats, correct?
Yes, at Club Naútico we row all kinds of boats, sculling (with two oars) and sweeping (with one).

Do you find it useful that you have to row all styles or boats here?
Yes, it is very useful to row all kinds of boats because for the eights, fours, and pairs, it keeps me in boats that I row at school. For doubles and quads (two oared boats), it gives me a change of pace and I can row something I traditionally do not row.

What type of exercises do you do on the river while your rowing?
Usually on the river we just row to where David, the coach, tell us. David will also tell us to do drills at certain points on the river which include anything from body prep drills, to rowing on the square, to pause drills.

What about the coaching? Does David give instructions? Has he helped you?
David is a very good coach in my opinion. He has a lot of boats on the river at once so he is bouncing around from boat to boat, but he will watch you for a little, give you some things to work on, and then he will tend to another boat. In the U.S. I am used to my coach staying with us the whole practice. No one way is better, just different.

You do weights. How often (Days and hours)? Have you found these trainings useful? Do you find the weight training organized?
Usually we do weights two times a week as the practice. These are very useful lifts and I have seen major improvements with my strength. It can be a little crowded in the gym, but the lifts are organized and David has groups and separate workouts for each group.

What about the rowing machines, do you do any type of exercises or tests?
We have used the rowing machines a little bit. Some hard workouts here and there and a couple test, but definitely not as many as my team at home

You only use the rowing machines on weight days?
Machines differ depending on what the workout is and on what day David wants to use the machines.

How about running? Is running part of your trainings as well? If so, how often do you run? For how long?
Running is usually for warmups on the days before lifts to get warmed up. Usually it is a short run before practice to get the muscles warm, but there is no extensive running done.







Academic Year 2022 / 23

Fall Program Dates: September 12, 2022 - December 18, 2022 (14 weeks)
Spring Program Dates: February 5, 2023 – May 14, 2023 (14 weeks)

September : Depart de United States
September : Arrive in Seville, Spain  and welcome dinner
September : Orientation, clases begin at SAIIE, and rowing at Club Nautico
October : Optional Weekend Trip
October : Spanish holiday
October : Weekend trip to Granada
November : Spanish Holiday
November : Ronda day trip
November : Córdoba day trip
November : Optional Weekend trip
November : Day trip to Itálica (Roman city)
November : Thanksgiving dinner
December : End of term, Accommodation Checkout, and First Day to Leave
December  – January : Spanish Holidays (Christmas break)
January : Check in back to Spanish home
January : Classes Begin at SAIIE, and rowing at Club Nautico
February : Ronday day trip
February : Optional Weekend trip (TBD)
February : Spanish Holiday
March : Optional Weekend trip
March : Itálica day trip
March - April : Spanish Holiday (Semana Santa)
April : Weekend trip (TBD)
April : Córdoba day trip
April : Spanish Holiday (Feria)
May : Last day of class and rowing practice
May : Farewell dinner
May : End of term, Accommodation Checkout, and First Day to Leave


Program Cost

$23,950 (28 weeks) / $12,595 (14 weeks)

$24,950 (28 weeks) $12,995 (14 weeks)

Program costs includes:

  • SAIIE full-time fees and support services before, during, and after the program
  • Airport reception and on-site orientation
  • On site bilingual staff on call 24/7 throughout the program
  • Accommodation in a Spanish home with most meals (breakfast and mid-day meals Monday through Friday and evening meals Sunday through Thursday) and one load of laundry per week throughout the program. 
  • Program excursions and activities (Granada and one other weekend excursion (TBD) - Only for students studying the full year, as well as, Cordoba, Ronda, and Italica day excursion). 
  • Cultural visits to the Cathedral, Alcazar Palace and Barrio de Santa Cruz (Old Jewish Quarter) – include an English tour guide.
  • Welcome and Farewell meals.
  • Spanish Language program fees that includes classes from Mo-Fri (20hrs per week) or University of Seville program fees.
  • Rowing program fees. Practices from Mo-Friday (2hrs per day) throughout the year/term.
    Please note: Team practices 5 times per week but our students can choose to practice from 3-5 times per week.
  • SAIIE Transcript at the end of the course certifying the Spanish language course taken. University of Seville Transcript if participating in their program.

Fall 2022/Spring 2023 Out-of-Pocket Costs Include:

  • U.S. Passport ($135)
  • Mandatory CISI health and medical evacuation insurance (
  • Spanish Visa (estimated at $160)
  • Airfare (estimated at $1,000)
  • Meals not included with accommodation (estimated at $700)
  • Mandatory International Student Identification Card (ISIC) ($25) – (
  • Transportation to practice (estimated at $300 per semester)
  • Optional excursions and activities (estimated at $400 per semester)





Academic Year 2022/23           October 1 May 15, 2022

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Students have to get a health and medical evacuation insurance and we recommend all of our students this company (CISI): 


All students participating in our program are placed in carefully screened Spanish homes, usually in pairs.   

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