Spanish American Institute of International Education - SAIIE - Rugby

Program Cost & Dates

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Calling all college rugby players! Come to Sevilla for a Spring, Summer or Fall term to study the Spanish language and culture whilst also playing competitive rugby!

At SAIIE, we have cooperated with two well-renowned local rugby clubs ¨Ciencias Club de Rugby¨ and “UAS” to offer an academic-athletic program where competitive College rugby players (male and female) have the opportunity to study with us and train with the team whilst still earning college credits.

The ¨Ciencias Club de Rugby¨ club has been a source of talented players, many of whom have played for the Spanish National Team. Between 1992 and 1996, the Club won two National League titles in “La División de Honor”, three “Copas de S.M. el Rey” titles, and the “Copa Ibérica” title. In Rugby Sevens they have also won the National Championship.

How does it work?

With the Rugby program, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits from our range of academic courses during a regular semester (spring or fall), and during the summer term a minimum of 3-4 credits each session. 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 the local Sevillian rugby club, ¨Ciencias¨ or “UAS” for weekly training sessions and various friendly matches throughout the term. When students arrive they must first do tryouts with the team, and depending on their level they will then be placed in either the first or second team. In the spring and fall terms students play Rugby 15 (union rules) and in the summer term Rugby Sevens.

Why play rugby in Seville?

Playing rugby in Seville whilst studying abroad helps you maintain your fitness and game at a high standard. Also by playing on a Spanish team you will be able to practice Spanish on a weekly basis with Spanish natives and make friends. You will also learn another style of training and playing methods and get to play against other Spanish teams to see your level.

Program Cost & Dates - Academic year 2018/19

Fall and Spring Terms

$295 (This is an additional cost to the overall program cost. Tuition and fees still apply)

Cost includes:

  • 11 weeks of training
  • 3 training sessions per week with ¨Ciencias Club de Rugby¨ or “Universitario de Sevilla”
  • 2 friendly matches
  • Team jersey

Fall term: September 19th - December 14th, 2018
Spring term: Janury 30 - May 6, 2019

Please note:  Spring term normally runs from end of January/beginning of February - Mid May


Summer Term - Sessions I or II (Only male)

$125 (This is an additional cost to the overall program cost. Tuition and fees still apply)

Cost includes:

  • 4 weeks of training
  • 3 weekly training sessions with the the ¨Cajasol Ciencias¨ rugby club
  • Participation in a rugby tournament
  • Team jersey

Session I: Mid May – Mid June, 2019

Session II: Beg. June  – End June, 2019

Summer Term - Sessions I and II combined (Only male)

$175 (This is an additional cost to the overall program cost. Tuition and fees still apply)

Cost includes:

  • 6 weeks of training
  • 3 weekly training sessions with the the ¨Cajasol Ciencias¨ rugby club
  • Participation in at least 1 friendly match
  • Team jersey


Mid May – End June, 2019


If you do not see your question listed here please contact us.


Do you have college sports in Spain?
No, in Spain we do not have college sports. All competitions are run by Clubs which are not the same as in the US.

What type of field will I be training on?
For most trainings, you will be playing on artificial turf. However, sometimes you may be training or playing on natural grass.

What type of rugby shoes do I need?
You will need rugby shoes suitable for artificial turf and natural grass grounds.

When do the training sessions take place?
Trainings will be held in the evenings.

How long are training sessions?
Trainings will be one in a half to two hours long.

How many training sessions take place a week?
There will be 3 training sessions per week.

How many weeks of training will I do?
In the spring and fall terms you will train for 11-12 weeks. In each summer session you will train for 4 weeks, or 6 weeks if you decide to do both summer sessions combined.

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, as you will be surrounded by native Spanish speakers in a Spanish speaking environment which gives you a great opportunity to practice the language.

How many American players will there be on a team?
In the spring and fall terms there is a maximum of 6 American players allowed per team. In summer, a maximum of 3 players per team.

What age will the players on the team be?
The players are between 18 and 30 years old (aprox.).

Is transportation to trainings included in the total program cost?
No, transportation is not included.

How much money will I need for transportation to and from trainings?
Approximately $100 in the spring and fall term and $40 each summer session (aprox.).

How far are the training grounds from the school?
All training grounds are no further than a 30 minute bus ride away.

Will I be able to go see an official professional rugby match?
Yes, we will organize to go watch a professional "División de Honor" match (professional Spanish Rugby League) in the spring and fall terms. However, in the summer term this will depend on whether there is a match on during the program dates.

Will I play against other Spanish clubs?
For spring and fall, we guarantee to organize a minimum of 2 friendly matches and in the summer sessions a minimum of 1 friendly match

Am I, as a college student, breaking any NCAA rugby rules or regulations by participating on this program?
No, you are not. You will only be training with a local semi-professional Spanish club and playing in friendly matches. The club you will play with does not pay their players to compete.