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Customize a UW Advance Program for your Group

UW Advance is customized to the needs of your university and its students. We are happy to design a program to incorporate site visits, workshops, courses, community engagement, and service learning opportunities for a variety of fields. In addition to thematic curriculum, we handle all wrap-around service to provide a truly exceptional experience: airport pick up, in-programming transportation, room & board, meal plans, and cultural programming.

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Meet the staff

Jing Xu

Credentials: MA, International Economics and Finance, Brandeis University

Position title: Assistant Director


Phone: 608-890-2426

Jing Xu is the assistant director of the Visiting International Student Program. She is a trilingual international education professional with experience in K-12 and higher education settings. For over 10 years, Jing has produced, recruited, taught and overseen short-term educational programs, events, conferences and summits for 4000 students and professionals from over 20 countries in the world.


Sara Bembenek-Saborio

Credentials: BBA, Marketing and TESOL Certification, UW–Madison

Position title: Assistant Director


Sara Bembenek-Saborio is an Assistant Director for Visiting International Student Program.  She has been an ESL/EFL instructor for more than 16 years.  She strives to provide students with maximum engagement with the language while in class to build both their confidence and their fluency.  For VISP-Noncredit, she primarily focuses on English curriculum design and instruction for all programs, as well as outreach to UW staff and the community for student engagement. Sara has both worked and recently lived in Costa Rica.