About the program

EducationUSA Academy at UW-Madison provides an all-around college readiness experience to facilitate post-secondary success. Your experience at UW–Madison will welcome you with Midwest hospitality to one of the most beautiful campus, forward-thinking, highly-ranked universities in the country.

Program Dates Arrival Date Departure Date Application & Deposit Due Tuition Tuition Due
July 6 – July 24, 2020 July 5, 2020 July 25, 2020 May 8, 2020 $4,995 On or before June 5, 2020

Program Track

Career Exploration students

Entrepreneurship in Sustainability and Design Track

Work to design, test and market a product addressing issues of sustainability in your community

  • Workshops and seminars in Environmental Protection, Engineering and Business
  • Student panel discussions on academic success and campus life
  • Opportunities to engage with career and admissions counselors
  • Test preparation sessions for ACT and SAT
  • Optional English as a Second Language drop-in courses

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Meet the staff

Sara Bembenek-Saborio

BBA, Marketing and TESOL Certification, UW–Madison

Program Coordinator



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 12 years, both domestically and abroad in Costa Rica.

Christine Inthachith

MA, UW–Madison

Director, 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.

Jing Xu

MA, International Economics and Finance, Brandeis University

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.

Stephanie Milkey

MS, Global Higher Education, UW-Madison

Assistant Director



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.