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.

  • "The UA is now poised to redefine global education by establishing a select network of global distance locations, or micro-campuses, on the campuses of partner universities."
  • "Micro campuses work for our partner institutions because they grow student populations, expand degree offerings, and serve as a platform for other forms of collaboration."


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.

Micro-campuses as Research Platforms

  • "Research from our UA micro-campuses will give us data to ensure positive student outcomes, faculty collaboration and meaningful community impact."
  • "Students can earn their degrees entirely on their own university campuses, thus eliminating what are real economic and geographic barriers to many students who aspire to earn a global credential."


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.

*Upon HLC approval.

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.


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 administration, civil engineering and law 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, engineering, 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.