The University of Arizona

UA Expands Educational Access Abroad Through Visionary Global Network

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Today, there exists a global demand for higher education. Many students abroad want to study in the United States but are unable to do so due to geographic barriers.  The University of Arizona is addressing this demand through the introduction of “micro-campuses” abroad – a new model that provides international students access to world-class UA degrees in their home countries.

Earlier this week, the UA announced the launch of its Global Micro-Campus Network and partnerships with 11 new institutions, bringing the total of UA micro-campuses to 13 in 10 countries. By 2020, this figure is expected to reach more than 25 university partnerships capable of educating over 25,000 international students.

Unlike international branch campuses, which typically require significant investment in costly new infrastructure abroad, micro-campuses are mutually beneficial partnerships with local universities.

Partner university allows use of its physical campus and classrooms, and provides a designated space for the UA, which alleviates the need for new infrastructure and allows the UA to focus instead on delivering high-quality education in collaboration with the partner university.

Micro-campuses are financially self-sustaining, promoting long-term internationalization and serving as a platform and physical location for faculty training, service-learning, internships, and other forms of engaged learning. Additionally, micro-campuses also offer opportunities for joint research and grant proposals.

Last, the micro-campus network opens educational and engagement possibilities for domestic UA students to travel and study between Tucson and micro-campus locations while remaining in their UA degree programs.

For a list of UA’s 13 micro-campuses and to learn more, please visit the official UA micro-campus website