The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Education Abroad office has been helping students from across the United States study at the Spanish-American Institute of International Education (SAIIE) in Seville, Spain since 1984. Students from more than 250 universities nationwide have chosen to study abroad in Seville, Spain through UW-Platteville Education Abroad.


SAIIE hosts American students studying abroad through UW-Platteville Education Abroad and offers an intercultural learning experience through academics, excursions, conversation partnerships with native Spanish speakers, volunteer opportunities, internships and athletics programs.

SAIIE's athletic programs are unique because they offer student athletes the chance to add a sports element to their academic studies at SAIIE and allows them the opportunity to continue to train and practice in their chosen sport while abroad. The athletic programs that are hosted in spring and fall include soccer, volleyball, rugby and water polo. The summer program hosts basketball, swimming, rowing, and rugby.

Occupying a single, self-contained building, SAIIE is just minutes from many of Seville’s famous sights. The surrounding neighborhood offers a range of shops, restaurants, cafes, and pubs, and Seville’s museums, galleries, monuments, and nightlife are easily accessed by public transportation, or are within walking distance. With a population of 750,000, Seville has all of the advantages of a big city while still maintaining Spanish charm and culture.


Each applicant to the Spanish-American Institute of International Education (SAIIE) through UW-Platteville Education Abroad must:

  • Be a degree-seeking undergraduate student who is currently enrolled at a U.S.-based college or university.
  • Have completed at least one full-time semester of college at the time of application and have at least sophomore standing at the time of participation.
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.25 GPA (semester applicants) or 2.0 GPA (Winterim or summer applicants)
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application and participation.

You are not required to have a minimum language proficiency for any program, but courses taught in languages other than English will have specific language proficiency requirements.

Application Requirements

In addition to any application procedures required by students' home institutions, the following must be submitted via the UW-Platteville Education Abroad online application system:

  • $75 application fee
  • Copy of U.S. passport: If you do not currently hold a U.S. passport, you must apply for one and submit proof of application before the program application deadline.
  • Education Abroad Statement of Purpose
  • International Study Course Approval Form (UW-Platteville students)
  • Official academic transcript
  • SAIIE Course Advisement Form
  • SAIIE Extracurricular Activities Questionnaire
  • Signed statements of responsibility and understanding
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • UW-Platteville Education Abroad Application

You will also have access to information to assist you throughout the application process. Upon acceptance, additional pre-departure information and requirements will be provided.


SAIIE offers scholarship opportunities to students from any institution as well as UW-Platteville students. Review the SAIIE scholarships available.

Co-curricular Activities

Students studying at the Spanish-American Institute of International Education (SAIIE) have a wide range of opportunities available to them to enhance their experience outside the classroom. Opportunities include:


Just as the SAIIE curriculum is specially designed to maximize your experience in Seville, living in a Spanish home is an integral and equally important aspect of your experience in Seville. Living with a host family enables you to improve your Spanish language skills and increase your cultural awareness, two important goals of UW-Platteville Education Abroad and SAIIE. Under no circumstances will students be allowed to live in accommodation that is not under the direct supervision of SAIIE.

Naturally, adjustments with regard to customs, food, and heat must be anticipated.

Students can easily walk from their homestay to SAIIE, with travel times ranging between 15 and 30 minutes. If students would like to rent a bike while in Seville, the city has an excellent bike rental program called Sevici which many past students have used.

Internet may or may not be available in the home, but wi-fi is easily accessible at local cafes and at SAIIE.

In most accommodations, the host family will also do one load of students’ laundry per week.


SAIIE has partnered with the Universidad de Sevilla and EUSA (la Escuela Universitaria de Sevilla) to offer more course options to students attending SAIIE. Classes will take place at both SAIIE and the relevant partner institution.

At EUSA, the students will be able to share classes with both Spanish students and students from other European countries, which will help them to achieve an even deeper level of cultural immersion.

You may participate for one semester or an academic year, enrolling in at least 12 U.S. credits per semester and may take up to 18 credits.

Visa Information

A student visa is required for students intending to study in Spain for a semester stay over 90 days or academic year. Students participating on a summer or Winterim program are not required to have a visa.

A visa is an official document affixed in a U.S. Passport by the Consulate General of Spain granting permission to live and study in Spain for the duration that the visa is valid. You need to apply directly to the Consulate General of Spain with jurisdiction over your permanent residence (not their school address) and be aware that each Consulate may differ slightly in its visa application requirements. Consulate Generals of Spain in the United States require that all applicants make an appointment with and travel to the Consulate within their jurisdiction and apply for their visa in person.

Entry into Spain must take place within 45-90 or 60-120 days of obtaining the student visa (depending on the Consulate’s procedures), and visa processing can take up to six weeks, so timing is important. In addition, the student’s U.S. Passport must be valid at least one year beyond the date of visa application, with at least one blank page to affix the visa. As of January 2018, the Consulate General of Spain charges $160 to apply for a Spanish student visa.

Students will be given additional information and instructions upon application, but for the most up-to-date information on the Spanish student visa process and procedures, please visit the Embassy of Spain in Washington's website.

Contact Information

Education Abroad

0328 Warner Hall

Walk-in Hours via Zoom

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
2–3:30 p.m.

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