SPANISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE
SESSION I: June 27 - July 25 (4 weeks)
SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES
CULTURAL AND SOCIAL IMMERSION PROGRAM
PROGRAM COSTS, DATES AND WHAT'S INCLUDED
This unique program in Seville allows US High School students, age 14 - 17 years old, to have an international study abroad & culture experience.
To offer this program the SAIIE study abroad program has partnered with the local Spanish High School, Colegio San Jose SS.CC. to offer its culture program.
The program is set in a way that the American students who paticipate do not only take Spanish language courses at SAIIE but they are fully inmmersed into Spanish culture through the housing, and cultural program that is set up with other Spanish students (age 13 - 18 yearls)
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 students’ intercultural experience because it helps to improve language skills and increase cultural awareness, two key goals of the program.
The principal 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.
All Spanish families are made up of a married couple with 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 UPON ARRIVAL into Seville.
In this program, all students are housed with other students studying abroad at SAIIE. Each student will have 1 to 2 roommates.
Students can easily walk from their homestay to SAIIE, with travel times ranging between 15 and 30 minutes walk.
All meals are included in program cost.
The host family will provide 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) Monday through Sunday. Days that they are schedule a trip 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.
Hours per week: 20hrs
Classes: Monday - Friday
Students per class: 6 to 12
Minimun age: 14 - 17
Language levels: A placement exam is administered upon arrival to determine Spanish level. Classes are offered at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Courses: Spanish language classes will be held in the mornings from Mo - Fri (3 hrs per day)
All SAIIE teachers are Spanish native with many years of experience teaching Spanish language at all levels.
All SAIIE teachers collaborate or have collaborated with the "Instituto Cervantes" (Instituto Cervantes is the official world wide reknown and leading organism thats mission and responsibility is to promote the teaching of Spanish language as a foreign language and culture).
- All of these activities students will be accompanied by a minimum of 1 bilingual (Spanish-English) SAIIE staff member.
Program Dates: June 27, 2020 - July 25, 2020
Program Cost: $3,850
Program Cost Includes:
- SAIIE full-time tuition and fees
- Airport reception, pick up and transfer (includes transfer to Spanish home and transfer to airport at the end of the program)
- On-site orientation
- 24/7 on-site support throughout the term
- Accommodation with Spanish family and full board + one load of laundry per week are included in the program cost.
- Tour in English of the Cathedral, Alcazar Palace, Barrio de Santa Cruz (Old Jewish quarter) and Plaza España.
- 4 week Intensive Spanish language course (20hrs per week) at the SAIIE Center.
- 2 day trips with Spanish students - (one to the beach and the other one TBD)
- 4th of July lunch celebration with Spanish students
- Welcome and Farewell dinner with Spanish students
Out-of-Pocket Costs Include:
- U.S. Passport ($135)
- Airfare (estimated at $1,200)
- Mandatory International Student Identification Card (ISIC) ($25)
- Medical and Life Insurance
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Director and Student Affairs
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".
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."
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 as the Assistant Student Affairs department. In January 2005 he was promoted to Director Student Affairs.
In 2007 he become the Director of the Planning & Development department.
Among his duties he's involved in all the marketing and recruiting for the SAIIE program, as well as public relations for SAIIE with other educational institutions. He is also the coordinator of all the athletic programs offered at SAIIE as well as the coordinator of all the faculty led programs we host.
Since 2010 he has been involved in the development of SAIIE cultural immersion program (internships, ONG's, and volunteer opportunities), along with the creation and design of SAIIE’s new website, catalogs, brochures and social media.
In 2012, Mr. Chipres developed a study abroad program for student athletes starting with the soccer program. The sports program for college athletes has been a huge success and now we offer rowing, volleyball, basketball, swimming,rugby and water polo programs for student athletes.
Since 2014, he has been the Faculty Led Program Coordinator for all faculty led programs hosted by SAIIE.
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”.