The VISP office is housed within the office of Adult, Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS). We are located in suite 7101 on the 7th floor of 21 North Park Street, on the southern end of campus.
The main ACSSS office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm, however the VISP staff are working in a hybrid format.
To ensure that a VISP staff member is available when you visit, please contact VISP@dcs.wisc.edu or call (608) 263-6960 to make a virtual or in-person appointment.
Advising with VISP Staff
The VISP team offers in-person as well as virtual advising appointments via a number of platforms.
VISP Advising Team
Position title: Assistant Director
Sara Bembenek-Saborio is the Lead Program Coordinator/ESL Instructor for EducationUSA Academy. Additionally, she coordinates curriculum and teachers the ESL component of UW-Madison non-credit international programs UW Advance and ACE. She has been an English as a Second Language instructor for over 13 years, both domestically and abroad in Costa Rica.
Position title: Assistant Director, General Advising
Matt Greenberg joined the VISP team in 2016 after working primarily with domestic students. As an avid traveler, Matt has visited over 30 countries and enjoys learning about other cultures. He’s happy to be a part of the VISP team and looks forward to meeting you when you’re here.
Position title: Assistant Director, VISP Cohort Liaison
Mee Her is excited to be part of the VISP team. She is a UW-Madison alumnus and a returned Peace Corps volunteer from Azerbaijan. She has a dual master degrees in Sustainable International Development, and Conflict Resolution and Coexistence. She loves to travel, meet new people, and learn about new cultures. Mee looks forward to working with you.
Position title: Associate Director, Marketing & Agent Management
Anna Seidel-Quast joined our staff as the first VISP coordinator back in 2012 before the program had begun. She studied and taught abroad in France before returning home to complete her master of education. Her research focused on the learning outcomes of study abroad on college students. She’s delighted to see how the program has grown and looks forward to meeting you soon.
Position title: Assistant Director, China Coordinator
Zufang Shan is a Chinese native and has been living in the United States for 30 years. She graduated from Nanjing University in 1986 with a focus on Japanese Language and Literature. Currently, she works closely with the Visiting International Student Program, particularly as it relates to China. She assists admitting and advising incoming Chinese VISP students. 期待在麦迪逊为您服务！
Position title: Assistant Director
Jing Xu is the assistant director of the international noncredit programs in the Division of Continuing Studies. She is a bilingual international education professional with experience in K-12 and higher education settings. For over 7 years, Jing has produced, recruited, taught and overseen short-term educational programs, events, conferences and summits for 3000 students and professionals from over 20 countries in the world.
International Leadership Team
Position title: International Programming Director
Josh Juedes directs the international noncredit and credit programming operations, development and strategy. He has been working with independent VISP students as well as overseeing the VISP cohort program since 2014 and has worked at UW-Madison since 2009. Josh works closely with UW-Madison departments and faculty interested in developing international noncredit or credit programming. He is a UW-Madison alumnus and native of Wisconsin, and loves to travel and sharing his passion for all things Wisconsin with international students.
Position title: Associate Dean and Director, Adult Career and Special Student Services
Martin Rouse serves as the associate dean and director of Adult Career and Special Student Services in the Division of Continuing Studies. Martin is a UW-Madison native and alumnus who studied abroad in Thailand & Indonesia through UW-Madison programs and has been working with and welcoming international students to campus for over 20 years.