The University of Arizona is launching Global Campus locations in 34 countries across five continents, partnering with top universities to provide educational opportunities to international students.
Students can study at University of Arizona locations on international university campuses or live and study in residential communities through a partnership with Global Student Accommodations, a global leader in student housing.
The launch is timely, given international travel restrictions and student visa moratoriums due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program offers 10 customized degree paths for more than 200 undergraduate majors as well as 10 graduate certificates and 60 fully online degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students also can work with an adviser to create a customized plan. The Global Campus will be within reach for millions of students in more than 130 cities in countries including China, Ireland, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, India and Japan.
“This program is tailored to meet the access needs of international students,” says Brent White, dean of Global Campus and vice provost of global affairs at the University of Arizona. “Many cannot afford to attend college in the United States; some do not have high-speed internet, required to take classes online, and nearly all are unable to travel internationally, due the COVID-19 pandemic. Global Campus addresses all of these issues.”
Seventy-three Global Campus locations in 32 countries are part of partner university campuses, offering a full college experience to students around the world.
Another 58 locations are in purpose-built student accommodations that offer a safe and engaging community for students to live and study. These locations are available through partnerships with Uninest, The Student Housing Company and Nexo Residencias — with residential student communities in Spain, England, Germany, Ireland, Australia, China, Japan and Dubai.
The Global Campus concept has been in development for several years. The first University of Arizona microcampus was launched at Ocean University of China in 2015, and the Global Campus concept was bolstered by the increasing array of online courses and degrees offered through Arizona Online, available to U.S. and international students.
“The Global Campus is a long-term effort toward meeting the United Nations’ sustainable development goal of providing accessible quality education to the world,” says President Robert C. Robbins. “We are truly making affordable, world-class education available to global citizens around the world, and, in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has never been needed more.”
The University of Arizona Global Campus is accepting applications from international students for fall 2020 at everywhere.arizona.edu.