COVID-19 update: The VISP staff are working remotely during normal business hours. We will continue to actively respond to email and voicemail messages. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at VISP@dcs.wisc.edu with questions or to schedule virtual advising appointments.
Note: Our physical office is closed until further notice, however staff will continue to keep normal business hours remotely. Please email VISP@dcs.wisc.edu for assistance.
Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 7:45am-4:30pm. We are located in room 7101 on the 7th floor of 21 North Park Street on the southern end of campus.
Our main office can be reached at (608) 263-6960.
VISP Staff can be reached by emailing VISP@dcs.wisc.edu.
Online Advising with VISP Staff
Did you know that the VISP team offers online advising appointments? We can do video chat, phone calls, Skype, or other platforms.
VISP Credit Team
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.
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.
Assistant 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.
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！
VISP Noncredit Team
Assistant Director, Education & Outreach
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.
Assistant Director, Credit & Noncredit Programming
Stephanie Milkey is the assistant director for international non-credit programs, including UW Advance, American Culture and English (ACE), and the EducationUSA Academy. She also provides support and assistance to the VISP credit team. Stephanie is an international higher education professional with experience in international service-learning programs, international student programming, admissions and recruitment, advising, and teaching English as a second language. She has worked both domestically and abroad in Costa Rica and Panama.
Assistant Director, Education & Outreach
Daniel Wagner (MA- TESOL) is the Program Coordinator/ ESL Instructor for UW Advance and ACE. Dan develops curriculum for international programs, which includes content in English instruction, cultural immersion, and academic preparation. Previously, Dan worked as the director of the English Language Institute at Concordia University and as a senior ESL instructor for Valparaiso University in Dalian, China. Dan enjoys all outdoor activities, including camping, backpacking, biking, and running. He also enjoys learning and practicing Mandarin Chinese in his free time.
Assistant Director, Noncredit Programming
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
International Programming Director
Josh Juedes directs the international non-credit 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 non-credit 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.
Director of VISP Noncredit
Christine Inthachith directs international non-credit programs in the Division of Continuing Studies, including the precollege American Culture and English (ACE) program; the EducationUSA Academy; and UW Advance Programs, customizable programs for international students age 18 and older. Christine has extensive international experience, including consulting, teaching, and volunteer work in Southeast Asia and Central America.
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.