SAIIE Academics

SAIIE Study Abroad Students

Semester or Academic Year

UW-Platteville Education Abroad's program at the Spanish-American Institute of International Education (SAIIE) is designed to provide students with a personalized and integrated living and learning experience in Spain.  Students may participate for one semester or an academic year, enrolling in at least 12 U.S. credits per semester.

All courses are taken alongside other U.S. students studying abroad through UW-Platteville Education Abroad, and SAIIE offers two course options for students:

  1. Intensive Language Tracks:  The 16 credit Intensive Language Track is offered for beginning (starting with SPAN 1020 Beginning Spanish II) or intermediate (starting with SPAN2030 Intermediate Spanish) Spanish speakers, and students take the equivalent of four Spanish language classes during one semester. Students participating in this track may only add the Flamenco Dance class (PHY ED 1330) course for a maximum of 17 credits.
  2. Liberal Arts and International Business Track:  Students must take a minimum of 12 academic credits and may take up to 18 credits. Students are required to enroll in the mandatory Artistic Monuments in Seville course and at least one three-credit Spanish language or literature class (more information on required courses below).

A full course listing can be found on SAIIE’s website: http://www.saiie.com/index.php/academic-new-study-abroad/course-list-new.

Required Courses

All students studying abroad at SAIIE for a semester or academic year are required to enroll in two courses:

  1. Artistic Monuments of Seville: This course (taught in English or Spanish) provides an intentional introduction to and immersion into the city of Seville and Spanish culture.  This course is not required for students enrolling in the Intensive Language Tracks.
  2. A Spanish Language Course worth at least three credits: Spanish language courses are offered at a range of levels starting with Beginning Spanish up to the second semester of Fourth Year Spanish Composition and Conversation.  Spanish literature courses are offered for students that have completed at least four semesters of college-level Spanish, and there are a variety of literature classes offered beginning with Survey of Spanish Literature through Cervantes.

The remaining credits may be selected through a variety of courses offered in English or Spanish.

Credit transfer

Credits are certified by UW-Platteville and will be validated on an official UW-Platteville transcript at the end of the semester. Credits earned also become part of an official academic record at UW-Platteville.

The credit hours awarded at the Spanish-American Institute of International Education (SAIIE) are equivalent to U.S. credits (e.g. three credits at SAIIE are equivalent to three U.S. credits).  Likewise, SAIIE uses the American grading system so an A awarded at SAIIE will be an A on the student’s transcript at the end of the term.

While all credits should be transferable, students should work with their academic advisor at their home institution to choose appropriate and beneficial courses from the SAIIE curriculum prior to their semester abroad.  Courses that may fulfill specific requirements for major, minor, general education, or elective requirements towards an American degree must be approved by the appropriate person(s) at the home institution.  Please see the Academic Planning and Credit Transfer page for more information.

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Summer Program

UW-Platteville Education Abroad's program at the Spanish-American Institute of International Education (SAIIE) is designed to provide students with a personalized and integrated living and learning experience in Spain.  Students participating on the four week summer program enroll in two courses, for a total of six to eight U.S. credits.

All courses are taken alongside other U.S. students studying abroad through UW-Platteville Education Abroad, and a full course listing can be found on SAIIE’s website: http://www.saiie.com/index.php/academic-summer/course-list-summer-winterim.

Required Courses

Students studying at SAIIE over the summer are not required to enroll in any particular courses so long as they are enrolled in at least 6 U.S. credits.

Credit Transfer

Credits are certified by UW-Platteville and will be validated on an official UW-Platteville transcript at the end of the summer program. Credits earned also become part of an official academic record at UW-Platteville.

The credit hours awarded at the Spanish-American Institute of International Education (SAIIE) are equivalent to U.S. credits (e.g. three credits at SAIIE are equivalent to three U.S. credits).  Likewise, SAIIE uses the American grading system so an A awarded at SAIIE will be an A on the student’s transcript at the end of the term.

While all credits should be transferable, students should work with their academic advisor at their home institution to choose appropriate and beneficial courses from the SAIIE curriculum prior to their summer abroad.  Courses that may fulfill specific requirements for major, minor, general education, or elective requirements towards an American degree must be approved by the appropriate person(s) at the home institution.  Please see the Academic Planning and Credit Transfer page for more information.

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Winterim program

UW-Platteville Education Abroad's program at the Spanish-American Institute of International Education (SAIIE) is designed to provide students with a personalized and integrated living and learning experience in Spain.  For the three week winterim program, students enroll in one course for a total of three U.S. credits.

The course is taken alongside other U.S. students studying abroad through UW-Platteville Education Abroad, and all students enroll in the course Artistic Monuments of Sevilla, Córdoba, and Granada.  The course is designed to enhance students' knowledge of the key historical, economic, artistic, social and religious aspects of Seville, Córdoba and Granada, and the cities themselves will be used as the principal “text” of the course.  Each day, students will visit various points of interest that have made these cities so important in Spanish art and history, and as a result, students will be able to appreciate the cultural and architectural impact that various cultures have imposed on Andalucía over the centuries.  Additional information on the course, can be found on SAIIE's website: http://www.saiie.com/index.php/academic-summer/course-list-summer-winterim.

Required Courses

All winterim students enroll in the three U.S. credit Artistic Monuments of Sevilla, Córdoba, and Granada course.

Credit Transfer

Credits are certified by UW-Platteville and will be validated on an official UW-Platteville transcript at the end of the term. Credits earned also become part of an official academic record at UW-Platteville.

The credit hours awarded at the Spanish-American Institute of International Education (SAIIE) are equivalent to U.S. credits (e.g. three credits at SAIIE are equivalent to three U.S. credits).  Likewise, SAIIE uses the American grading system so an A awarded at SAIIE will be an A on the student’s transcript at the end of the term.

While all credits should be transferable, students should work with their academic advisor at their home institution to choose appropriate and beneficial courses from the SAIIE curriculum prior to their term abroad.  Courses that may fulfill specific requirements for major, minor, general education, or elective requirements towards an American degree, must be approved by the appropriate person(s) at the home institution.  Please see the Academic Planning and Credit Transfer page for more information.

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