• American Gap Association, May 2017, Denver, USA
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, July 2017, Chicago, USA
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling, September 2017, Boston, USA

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CG Photo SEP Website 2014 SmallCRISTINA GRASSET

Cristina Grasset is the Director of Spain Education Programs. Before founding SEP Cristina was the Director of Enrollment and International Programs at Suffolk University Madrid, where she contributed to establishing and developing the campus. Prior to that she was the Marketing and Sales Director at a non-traded real estate investment trust, where she continues to hold a board seat. From 1986 to 1992 Cristina was the Director of Student Services at Saint Louis University (Madrid). She holds a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development from the University of Minnesota, a Master in Educational Leadership from Saint Leo University, the degree of “Asesor de Inversion y Financiacion” from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.




Kim Griffin PhotoKIM GRIFFIN

Kim Griffin is the Academic Director at Spain Education Programs, responsible for program design and development. Prior to this she was the Academic Director of the Comillas Foundation (Cantabria, Spain), where she built the institution’s organizational structure and designed its strategic plan. Kim combined these responsibilities with a position as Research Fellow in the International Campus of Excellence program at the University of Cantabria. From 1996 to 2011 she was Resident Director of the Middlebury College School in Spain, where she had also taught Spanish as a Second Language; and Theory and Methodology. Before joining Middlebury Kim was the Dean of the College of Translation/Interpretation and Director of Foreign Languages and Study Abroad at the Universidad Europea de Madrid. Kim holds a Ph. D. in Foreign Language Education from the Ohio State University, a Master of Arts in Spanish from Middlebury College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education-Spanish from SUNY Oswego.



Fernando Maranon 2016


Fernando Maranon joined SEP in 2011 as Marketing and Communications Coordinator, acting as community manager, guiding partner-selection processes, leading site reviews of host institutions, and structuring data-gathering procedures. Fernando holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising from ESIC Business and Marketing School (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain); and a “Titulo Superior en Marketing” from the same institution. In the past two years his expertise has focused on website maintenance through Oracle’s CMS, conducting external communication campaigns for our partner institutions, providing customer-facing materials for presentations and events, and generating brand-compliant collateral to support marketing activities.



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Cristina Hignett is a Program Adviser at SEP, where she helps design and incorporate language learning and co-curricular areas contributing to enhance students’ learning outcomes. Cristina has been a curricular developer for pre-school and first grade and is currently teaching at California Language School where she is also in the process of co-publishing a series of text books. Cristina was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and after completing a double Bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics with a minor in European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, she moved to Spain where she has been developing her career as a teacher, translator and consultant with SEP. She holds a Master’s degree from Universidad de Jaen in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language.


Sisa Sierra Graduation 2013


Sisa Sierra is the Internationalization at Home expert at SEP, helping expand`the impact of programs on host and home university communities. She currently teaches Intercultural Communication, Civic Humanism, and Human Rights at San Jorge University (Zaragoza, Spain), and works as a project-based consultant with SEP. She previously worked in international development (education and management) in Guatemala, El Salvador, the Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and India. Maria Luisa holds a doctorate in Education from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Linguistics and a Teaching Certificate from Universidad de Zaragoza (Kingdom of Aragon, Spain). She is also a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).