Students must take a minimum of 12 credits duing the spring semester. 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.
$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.
- 1-2 friendly matches.
- Team jersey.
- Free gym membership.
Feb. 4 - May 10, 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.
How long are training sessions?
Trainings will last for 1-2 hours.
When do the training sessions take place?
Trainings will be held in the evenings. Generally practices take place from 9pm - 10:30pm
How many training seesions take place per week?
Teams generally practice 3 times per week, and normally there last practice is on a Friday before their match. This last practice of the week is optional for our students because the Spanish teams are aware that you might be traveling on the weekend and not be able to make it to practice.
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 ostly range between 18 and 25 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 for the semester.
How far are the training grounds from your home?
All training grounds are no further than a 20-45 bus ride or in some cases a 20-30 minute walk.
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 1 friendly match throughout the term. If the calendar of the Spanish team allows it we will organize a second friendly match.
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.
Will I be able to join the team and play on a weekly base? Yes. Its the Head Coach desicion but if he agrees it is up to the student to join or not.
"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."
"Thanks to the SAIIE Study Abroad & Soccer Program I was able to achieve my dream!"
"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
"I highly recommend the soccer program with SAIIE."
"The soccer program that SAIIE offers in Spain is amazing! If you love soccer and want to continue playing while studying abroad I would definitely recommend the SAIIE program.""
Franklin & Marshall College
"The soccer program was definitely one of the highlights of my study abroad experience! I enjoyed very much going to practice weekly. The girls on the team were fantastic! They help me with my Spanish and anything I didn't understand at practice. I also love speaking to them before and after practice of how my life was in the US as a student-athlete "
"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."
"Playing soccer in Spain was a dream come true in my life."
Christopher Newport University
"Playing soccer in Spain was so much fun! The girls on the team were great and really friendly. Not only I manage to practice my Spanish with them but they took me out to places around the city which I don't think many foreing students generally go to. If you play soccer back home, and want to study abroad I would definitely recommend to you to take part of this opportunity that SAIIE offers"
"The level of soccer was unreal! I'm so grateful to the SAIIE program for this opportunity. "
Everett Community College