the university of arizona
global micro-campus network

the ua is global

The University of Arizona has established a worldwide network of micro-campuses for the international delivery of collaborative degree programs to local students on the campuses of our partner universities.

Micro-campuses address global demand for higher education, opening doors for students unable to study in the United States, while providing a synergistic hub for other forms of internationalization including faculty collaborations in research, student intercultural learning, interdisciplinary community engagement, and more.

With agreements already in place for micro-campuses at 13 partner universities, the UA is well on its way to reaching its target of 25 or more micro-campuses in three years, capable of educating over 25,000 global students abroad.

This successful model has the potential to transform transnational education and to establish one of the world’s most affordable, accessible, and expansive global networks for higher education and collaborative research.


A micro-campus is a UA space on the campus of a partner university, which enables the international delivery of UA degree programs to local students, collaboratively with our partner university.  It also serves as a synergistic hub for other forms of internationalization including faculty collaborations in research, student intercultural learning and development, interdisciplinary community engagement, and more.


SHARED CAMPUS – The 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 on delivering high-quality educational instruction in collaboration with the partner university.

SHARED STUDENTS – Students maintain their student status at the partner university, while enrolled in for-credit UA courses, offered on location at the partner university.

AFFORDABLE TUITION – UA program fees are based on local market rates to increase access and affordability.

SHARED REVENUE – The UA shares its tuition with the partner university.

COLLABORATIVE TEACHING – Courses are co-taught by a UA and a local professor, or a locally-based UA faculty member.

RESEARCH INCUBATION – The micro-campus serves as a hub for faculty collaboration and capacity building, including joint research and grant proposals.

DUAL DEGREES – Students earn a UA degree and a degree from the partner university, including bachelor’s and master’s-level degree options available across multiple disciplines.

MOBILITY OPTIONS – Partner university students can study at the UA main campus in Tucson, or any location within the global micro-campus network, as part of their dual degree program.

STUDY ABROAD – UA students from the Tucson main campus can study at any micro-campus, and take courses with partner university students, while advancing seamlessly in their degree programs.

COMPREHENSIVE INTERNATIONALIZATION – The micro-campus provides a platform and a physical location for faculty training and exchange, short-term programs, language training, service-learning, internships, and other forms of engaged learning.

Research Informed – In collaboration with the UA Center for the Study of Higher Education, the UA will continually assess, develop, and refine micro-campus programs and activities based on the latest research-informed strategies for success, to ensure positive student outcomes, cross-border faculty collaboration and research, and meaningful community impact.

our Micro-Campuses

Our location at American University of Phnom Penh opened in Summer 2017 with undergraduate programs in Law, Business Administration, and Civil Engineering. American University of Phnom Penh is a private, not-for-profit, university in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Offering an American-style education in its fifth year of operation, AUPP has already solidified its reputation as the most academically rigorous university in Cambodia. AUPP moved into a new state of the art campus in Fall 2017. The UA will expand its offerings in 2018 to include graduate degrees in Law.

Launched in 2015, our micro-campus, UA Qingdao, at Ocean University of China has already enrolled 175 students, and will grow in the coming years to a maximum capacity of 400 students.  Ocean University of China is a comprehensive public research university located in Qingdao, China, with 17 colleges and more than 45,000 students.  It ranks among the top 50 universities in China, and among the top 2 in Shandong Province, and is the top-ranked university in China for Marine Sciences.  Students earn a dual degree: a Bachelor’s of Law (LLB) from Ocean University of China and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Law (BA) from the UA.

Princess Sumaya University of Technology is a top-ranked, private, non-profit university, located in Jordan's capital city, Amman. Established in 1991, PSUT forms part of the El Hassan Science City, and is a leading university for the study of Information and Communication Technology, as well as Electronics, Computer Engineering and Business Technology.

Vietnam National University, in Hanoi, is the top-ranked university in Vietnam and a comprehensive public research university offering 108 undergraduate degrees, 121 master’s degrees, and 112 doctoral programs in the sciences, technology, economics, social sciences and humanities, education and foreign studies.

*Upon HLC approval.

The Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla(UPAEP), in Mexico, is a highly-regarded private, non-profit university founded in 1973, with over 13,000 total students. As a comprehensive research university, UPAEP offers over 45 undergraduate degrees and more than 50 graduate and doctoral degrees, with exceptionally strong programs in economics, agriculture, health sciences, engineering, and information technology.

*Upon HLC approval.

Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) is a member of China's elite C9 League.  HIT is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in China with a focus on science and engineering. Ranked 7th in the Best Global Universities for Engineering by U.S. News in 2016, HIT has 26,000 undergraduates and nearly 16,000 graduates.

*Upon HLC approval.

The University of Sharjah is a leading Emirati university located in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. With approximately 14,000 students, and a total of 85 academic degree programs including 57 bachelor's degrees, 20 master's degrees, and eight PhD degrees, the University of Sharjah offers the largest number of accredited programs in the United Arab Emirates.

*Upon HLC approval.

De La Salle University is a private, research university located in Manila, the capital of Philippines. DLSU is identified by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education as a "Center of Excellence" in six of its programs, and a "Center of Development" in 3 of its programs. DLSU has roughly 20,000 students and offers 74 undergraduate and over 100 graduate degree programs through its seven colleges and one school.

*Upon HLC approval.

Lebanese International University is a prestigious private university established by the philanthropist and former Lebanese Defense and Education minister Abdul Rahim Mourad.  LIU has a total enrollment of over 25,000 students, and offers over 50 majors across eight different campuses, with faculties in Arts & Science, Engineering, Business & Management, Pharmacy, and Education.

*Upon HLC approval.

Shanghai University of Politics and Law was founded in 1984 with the key discipline of law.  The university is one of the leading universities in China for political science and law – and offers degrees in politics, economics, sociology, management, language and literature.  There are more than 10,000 full-time students attending SHUPL, in various levels of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs.

*Upon HLC approval.

University of Mauritius (UoM) is the national university of Mauritius. It was established in 1965 and is the top ranking university in Mauritius. It is located in Reduit and has a branch campus in Ebene Cybercity. Cybercity serves as the technology hub for Mauritius and connects African and Asian markets. It houses the UoM Center for Innovation and Lifelong Learning, that has been internationally recognized for its contribution and pioneering role in e-education.

UoM is the largest university in Mauritius with a student population of around 12,000. UoM offers degree programs in six colleges; Agriculture, Engineering, Information, Communications and Digital Technologies, Law and Management, Science, Social Sciences and Humanities.

The Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) is a comprehensive research university founded in 1994 and the only university in Peru regionally accredited in the United States by WASC. Its engineering programs are all ABET accredited. UPC has four campus locations in Peru’s capitol city, Lima and has approximately 32,000 students enrolled in its 13 undergraduate colleges and over 21,000 alumni.

UPC is ranked the #1 ‘Under 50' university in Peru by America Economia and in ranked #3 in Research, according to SCIMAGO Institutions Rankings (2017). It was awarded five QS Stars in Teaching, Employability, Social Responsibility and Inclusiveness (2015). In 2016, 90% of UPC graduates were employed a month after graduation, with 95% of graduates working in the discipline they studied (Ipsos, 2016). Ten UPC degrees are ranked number one on the 'Average Salaries Earned by Graduates' and all other programs in top three. (Peruvian Ministry of Education). UPC is ranked #1 in infrastructure in Peru by America Economia ranking (2014), with 4 campuses in Lima. UPC is the top Peruvian university in internationality according to the America Economia ranking ('14, '15 and '16).

*Upon HLC approval.

Sampoerna University (SU), is a private, international university located in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was established in 2009 and is the first Indonesian university to offer accredited U.S. degrees entirely within Indonesia. Sampoerna University offers various degrees in Engineering &Technology, Business, and Education. Curriculum is focused on experiential learning, and most degree programs require an internship. SU is the only university in Indonesia that fully teaches its courses in English.

SU’s campus houses world-class facilities designed in collaboration with their U.S. partners. The engineering and design labs are among the best in Indonesia. SU’s curriculum is established in collaboration with key industry players and practitioners so students can transition smoothly into the workplace. In 2017, 100% of the Business College’s graduating class was employed within two months following graduation.

Gulf Medical University (GMU) is a leading medical university in the Gulf region. Established in 1998 and located in Ajman, UAE, GMU offers programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health and many others. GMU programs are accredited by the Ministry of Education, UAE, and recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).

*Upon HLC approval.


The UA is a comprehensive research university with nearly 300 degree programs and majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels, many of which are potential offerings at our micro-campuses. We currently offer business, law, and engineering programs on existing micro-campuses. It is anticipated that future programs at micro-campuses will include degrees across the health sciences, social sciences, humanities, physical sciences, and education. Specific programs at each location depend on the interests of our partner university and local need, and are subject to approval by the Higher Learning Commission.