Students must choose a minimum of 12 credits from our range of academic courses. We offer courses in Spanish language, Spanish culture, Liberal Arts and Business among other areas of study. Alongside their studies, they are also placed in a local soccer team with who they will practice weekly (2-3 times per week) and play a couple friendly matches.
To learn more about the different academic programs that we offer through the spring term please visit our website here.
Students must be playing soccer on their varsity team back at their home university.
PROGRAM COST & DATES - 2024
$675 (This is an additional cost to the overall program cost. Tuition and fees still apply)
- 2-3 weekly training sessions with a Spanish local semi-professional team throughout the term.
- 2 friendly matches.
- Team jersey.
- Free gym membership.
Beg. Feb. - Mid May, 2024
If you do not see your question listed here please contact us .
What type of field will I be training on?
The fields you will be training on are made of artificial turf.
What type of soccer shoes do I need?
You will need soccer shoes suitable for artificial turf grounds.
When do the training sessions take place?
Trainings will be held in the evenings.
How long are training sessions?
Trainings will last for 1-2 hours.
Are the trainings held in Spanish?
Yes. You will be training with Spaniards on a Spanish team with Spanish coaches. This is an important aspect of the cultural immersion part of the program; through the soccer program you will be surrounded in a constant Spanish speaking environment and this will give you a great opportunity to improve your Spanish.
How many American players will there be on a team?
There will be a maximum of 4 American players per team.
What age are the players on the team?
The players are between 18 and 30 years old.
Is transportation to trainings included in the total program cost?
No, transportation is not included.
How much money will I spend on transportation to trainings?
Approximately $150 in total.
How far are the training grounds from your home?
All training grounds are no further than a 30 minute bus ride away.
Will I be able to go see an official professional soccer match?
Yes, we will organize to go watch a professional "La Liga" soccer match in the spring term.
Will I play against other Spanish clubs?
We will organize a minimum of 2 friendly matches throughout the term
Am I, as a college student, breaking any NCAA soccer rules or regulations by participating on this soccer program?
No, you are not. You will only be training with a local Semi-pro Spanish club and playing in friendly matches. These soccer clubs you will play with do not pay their players to compete.
"Futbol here is something that cannot be compared to soccer back in the states."
"My technical skills improved greatly and same with my Spanish skills."
"The level that this team played at was beyond anywhere I had played in my life."
"I highly recommend the soccer program with SAIIE."
"Thanks to the SAIIE Study Abroad & Soccer Program I was able to achieve my dream!"
"Playing soccer in Spain was a dream come true in my life."
Christopher Newport University
"It is moments like this that I will never forget from my time abroad. Un regalo para recordar el club, the President of the Triana Fútbol Club said as she handed me the jersey."
University of Dubuque
"While the cultural and educational experience offered to all students at SAIIE is fantastic, those students who choose to particpate in the soccer program will experience an even more intense immersion while playing the game at a new level that few get to experience."
"The possession and speed of play was great. The girls were very friendly and helped us understand drills at practice. Also playing in friendly games was great and seeing a different style of play."
"I enjoyed everything! I enjoyed the experience and level – better than home."
"Playing soccer in Spain was a unique experience! I enjoyed the ability to keep playing soccer in my off season and having the opportunity to meet Spaniards and learn about the Spanish soccer philosophy."