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Designed for students who are swimming back home at an elite level and who wish to have a GAP YEAR or SEMESTER in Seville with or without no previous knowledge of Spanish, this program allows high school graduates to have a study abroad experience, and continue to practice swimming weekly on a Spanish team.

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.
  • Students must meet the swimming requirements below.  
  • No previous knowledge of Spanish required.
  • 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.

Please contact SAIIE for more information. 

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.

*If your GPA is below 2.5, you are not automatically disqualified from studying abroad. Please contact SAIIE for more information. 


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 courses taken at SAIIE or University of Seville.  




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

Unlike other sports camps, the students on this swimming camp will join a Spanish swimming team with whom they will swim throughout the year/semester with.

Why swim in Sevilla

Swimming in Spain is a unique opportunity not many other swimmers will have. Training with Spanish swimmers in a prestigious Club rewards you by helping you perfect your technique as well as gain a fresh perspective in your sport. 

Finally, the one benefit that is guaranteed when placed on a Spanish wimming 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 swim?

At SAIIE we work with the impressive local swimming club at Club Naútico Sevilla. High School graduates swimmers train with the Sevillian swim team while taking a Spanish language course at the SAIIE Center.

The prestigious swim team at Club Naútico Sevilla was founded in 1952. Working with swimmers of all levels they have produced an impressive amount of professional international swimmers, including Paralympic athletes. Maite Trueba, Enrique Veiga, and Marta Gómez Battelli are a few of these athletes who have competed in international competitions and have prospered from their time spent at Club Naútico Sevilla.

Meet the Head Coach 

Germán Monterrubio is the Technical Director and the Head Swim Coach at Club Naútico Sevilla and has had lots of experience in the field of coaching. He was the Head Swim Coach at the Escuela Nacional de Entrenadores RFEN back in 2005 and has an MA in High Performance Sports from the University of Pablo de Olavide in Sevilla. He also has a long history of jobs in the area of coaching and is the Founder and CEO of the agency Fermento Urbano – Freestyle Sports Consulting S. L. that specialises in Sports Sciences and Technology for High Performance in Freestyle Sports, as well as Events Managing. He also studied Sport Management & Physical Education at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland where he picked up some Finnish. 

SWIMMING Program Requirements

For men swimmers you should be around these times:

- 100 m. Free style: 00:58,00
- 100 m. Backstroke: 01:02.00
- 100 m. Breaststroke: 1:10.00
- 100 m. Butterfly: 01:01.00

For women swimmers you should be around these times:

- 100 m. Free style : 1:03,00
- 100 m. Backstroke: 01:10.00
- 100 m. Breaststroke: 1:19.00
- 100 m. Butterfly: 01:09.00

If you exceed these times, please contact Sean Chipres the Program Manager at



Academic Year 2022 / 23

Fall Program Dates: September 11, 2022 - December 18, 2022 
Spring Program Dates: February 5, 2023 – May 12, 2023 

September 10: Depart de United States
September 11: Arrive in Seville, Spain
September 12: Orientation and welcome dinner
September 13 - 16: Orientation week
September 19: Classes begin at SAIIE & U.S. (Universidad de Sevilla)
September 19: Rowing practices start
September 23: Included beach day trip
September 28: SAIIE quiz I
October 7: Included Itálica (Roman city) day trip
October 10: SAIIE First Exams 
October 12: Spanish holiday
October 14: Included Ronda day trip
Ocotber 18 & 19: Partial U.S. Exams
October 28 & 29 : Weekend trip to Granada
November 1: Spanish Holiday
November: SAIIE quiz 2
November 4: Córdoba day trip
November 14: SAIIE Second Exams 
November 18 & 19: Optional Weekend trip (TBD)
December 5 - 8: Spanish Holiday
December 12 & 13: U.S. Final Exams
December 14: SAIIE Final Exam
December 14: Farewell dinner
December 15 : End of term, Accommodation Checkout, and First Day to Leave
December: End of term, Accommodation Checkout, and First Day to Leave
December  – January : Spanish Holidays (Christmas break)
Feb.  5: Check in back to Spanish home
Feb.  6: Classes Begin at SAIIE, and swimming practice
Feb.  15: SAIIE quiz 1
Feb.  16: SAIIE quiz 1
Feb.  17: SAIIE last day to add or change classes
Feb.  24 & 25: Included Granada weekend trip
Feb.  27: SAIIE First Exams
Feb.  28: Spanish holiday
Mar.  1: SAIIE First Exams
Mar.  2: SAIIE First Exams
Mar.  3: Included Córdoba day trip
Mar.  15 & 16: Partial U.S. (Unievrsidad de Sevilla) Exams
Mar.  17 &18: Optional weekend trip (TBD)
Mar.  20: SAIIE quiz 2
Mar.  21: SAIIE quiz 2
Mar.  29 & 30: SAIIE Second Exams
Mar.  31: Included Ronda day trip
Apr.  3 - 7: Spanish holidays
Apr.  14 & 15: Optional weekend trip (TBD)
Apr.  24 - 28: Spanish holiday 
May  1: Spanish holiday
May  5: Included Itálica day trip
May  8 & 9: SAIIE Final Exams
May 10 & 11: Final Exams at U.S.
May  11: Farewell party
May  12: End of term, Accommodation Checkout by noon, and First Day to Leave

Program Cost

$23,950 (Academic year) / $12,595 (Semester)

$24,950 (Academic year) / $12,995 (Semester)

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 term
  • 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 weekend excursion, 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.
  • Swimming program fees 
  • 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 $1,200 per semester)
  • Meals not included with accommodation (estimated at $600)
  • Mandatory International Student Identification Card (ISIC) ($25) – (
  • Optional excursions and activities (estimated at $400)

Program Requirements:    

  • Open to Male and Female high school graduates
  • Students must be 17 years or older at the time of their departure
  • Students must be swimming on their varsity team back home or at a swimming club.
  • No previous knowledge of Spanish required
  • Completed SAIIE application
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript, most recent grade report, or high school diploma
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa



Academic Year 2022/23           October 1 May 15 

Missed the deadline? Please contact Mr. Sean Chipres, Program Manager,  to enquire about late application options.   





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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For more information on the program please contact the Program Manager, Mr. Sean Chipres, at