About Us

Spanish Institute for Global Education · SIGE

Spanish Institute for Global Education began its history in 1982, and has almost 40 years of existence. More than 5,000 students have entered our classrooms for great learning experiences. We offer programs for students, teachers and professionals. The objectives that move us are: to help our students achieve fluent Spanish, which enables them to communicate easily and effectively, provide them with academic and cultural knowledge, and provide them with cultural immersion experiences living and studying in a Spanish environment.

We want to make your stay in Seville a wonderful, unique, and enriching experience that you will have for a lifetime.

One of the features that characterizes us is the personal attention in each step of the process, we will take care of your stay in every detail to make it very enjoyable and valuable.
Another essential feature is that we work with an effective learning methodology that promotes fluency from the beginning. In fact, we offer training for teachers who teach Spanish as a foreign language in many countries.

In addition to language, we want to share our culture and history, our way of life to strengthen ties and promote understanding between different cultures.

One more feature to highlight is the quality from a human and professional point of view of our programs.

We are also different because we offer quite unique programs:

  • Study abroad programs for university students, and here in Seville we collaborate with four universities.
  • Internship programs in companies.
  • Volunteer programs.
  • Spanish Language and Cultural Programs.
  • Programs for high school students.
  • Experiences to learn Spanish while developing a skill: Photography, Flamenco, Sports, Dance or Cooking.
  • Programs for Spanish teachers.
  • Programs to support teachers who wish to travel with their group of students to Spain.
  • Programs for seniors in culture and Spanish, "Conocer Andalucía".

What is the reason for being of Spanish Institute?

The mission of Spanish Institute for Global Education is to contribute to the construction of a better world through effective language learning and the meeting point between different cultures, beliefs and ideologies.

Our invitation to travel creates spaces for personal and professional growth.

Where are we going?

We are proud of our task and we want to expand it by collaborating with more countries and opening new courses that respond to the needs of 21st century society.

  • Great interest in the methodological effectiveness of teaching.
  • Collaboration between educational institutions from different countries.
  • Innovative spirit and openness to change.
  • Promotion of cultural immersion.
  • Open, flexible and global character.
  • Personal attention.
  • Love and respect for diversity.
  • Orientation towards the value of peace, collaboration and understanding between cultures.
  • Caring for the "common home" respecting the environment.
  • Compromise and responsibility.

Our Staff · Meet the Outstanding SIGE Staff

María Teresa Alonso Pérez-Tinao

Founder · Educational Counselor

Her friends call her Macarena, she and her husband, Miguel Becerra, founded Geranios Language Institute in 1982. 10 years ago she decided to offer Study Abroad courses separately and thus began Spanish Institute. The professional team is the same, and the program has grown to include more students and researchers from other countries.

Macarena has a doctorate in Bilingual Education from the University of Seville. She has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Navarra and has been a professor of Anthropology at the University of Seville and is currently Vice Dean of the School of Education at the Loyola Andalusia University. She has dedicated more than 40 years to teaching. Her main interest is the innovation of the methodology. One of the most important parts of her profession is teacher training. Macarena studied her last year of high school in the United States and maintains close relationships with schools and universities in the US, Canada, Finland, the United Kingdom, Mexico and the Netherlands.

Catherine Mary Anner


Catherine M. Anner, a graduate from the University of Connecticut, came to Seville as a study abroad student herself and has been living and working here ever since.

Catherine established numerous bilingual programs in Seville and has been teaching English to students of all ages from infants to established business executives. She has also given teacher training workshops throughout Spain and published several articles on Bilingual programs. She was the Co-coordinator of the English Department at the Colegio Internacional Alminar for 17 years.

Catherine has formed a solid and motivated staff and has not only established rapport with the students but is also implementing new programs and bringing a bit of the magic of Sevilla into the lives of the SIGE participants.

María José Gómez Durán

Academic Director

María José Gómez has a degree in English Philology and has been a teacher for more than 25 years. She is in charge of relations with the University of Seville, Loyola, Pablo de Olavide, EUSA and other international universities that offer academic programs in Seville. In addition, she works as an academic advisor to university students. She teaches a seminar on Spanish Language and Culture, and is part of the orientation team. She has an excellent relationship with her students.

Sandra Rodríguez


Sandra Rodríguez has a degree in English Philology from the University of Seville. She has been a teacher in a bilingual school for more than 10 years. She is Professor of Culture and Literature at Spanish Institute for Global Education.

Sandra is the coordinator of families and accommodation, she also coordinates the internship program and is responsible for the management and daily life of the students. She oversees student housing, extracurricular activities, field trips, health and safety issues, and emergencies.

Sandra shows a genuine interest in the well-being of the students and develops and implements new ideas for the program.

Ying Ying Xu

Educational Counselor for the Spanish Department

Ying has a degree in Architecture and a Master's in Translation, she is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Seville.

She has taught Chinese at the University of Seville, the university of Pablo de Olavide, and the Centro Cultural Chino. She is an educational consultant for SIGE for the Chinese department; the person in charge of being in contact with various Chinese institutions, as well as developing material and working on various translation projects.

Ying is a person committed to the Chinese and Spanish world, passionate about education and a great professional in her work.

Carmen Rodríguez Rincón

Administrative Coordinator

Mamen Rodríguez studied Business Studies at the University of Seville. She works on various aspects of the program as an Administrative Coordinator. She is in charge of all logistical procedures and makes sure SIGE runs smoothly.

Miguel Becerra Alonso

Sports & Recreation Coordinator

Miguel has a degree in Physical Education Sciences from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He is currently head of the Physical Education department at the Vedruna Sevilla professional school.

He collaborates with Spanish Institute to ensure that students have the opportunity to participate in a sports or physical activity programs.

Carlos Barroso Tristán


Carlos Barroso studied Systems Administration and various programming languages.

He has more than 20 years of experience, has started his own programming company and has been the IT director of a large group of companies and a private school in Seville.

He ensures that all the technologies used by SIGE are operational at all times.