What is a Micro-Campus?

A micro-campus is a University of Arizona location on the campus of a partner university where we collaboratively deliver degrees and share tuition. Courses are offered in-person and co-taught by a UA professor and a local professor, or a locally-based UA faculty member.

Since the first UA micro-campus launched at Ocean University of China in 2015, our global locations have experienced exponential growth in student enrollment. With several micro-campuses in operation and many more in development, the UA is on track to establish the world’s most affordable, accessible, and expansive network for higher education and collaborative research.

HOW IT WORKS

  • SHARED CAMPUS – The partner university allows the 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 the 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. At the University of Arizona, revenue flows to colleges and departments.

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

  • RESEARCH INCUBATION – Micro-campuses serve as hubs 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 across multiple disciplines.

  • MOBILITY OPTIONS – Partner university students can study at the UA Main Campus in Tucson or any location within the UA Global Micro-campus Network.

  • COMPREHENSIVE INTERNATIONALIZATION – Micro-campuses provide 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 continually assesses, develops, and refines micro-campus programs and activities based on the latest research-informed strategies for success, to ensure positive student outcomes, cross-border faculty collaboration, and meaningful community impact.

 

OUR CURRENT GLOBAL LOCATIONS

UA Qingdao at Ocean University of China
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 two in Shandong Province. Students enrolled at UA Qingdao at Ocean University of China can earn a Bachelor’s of Law (LLB) from Ocean University of China and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Law (BA) from the UA.

UA Phnom Penh at American University of Phnom Penh
The American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP) is a private, not-for-profit university known for its American-style education and academically rigorous programs. AUPP celebrated the opening of a new, state-of-the-art campus in 2017 capable of accommodating 4,000 students. Students enrolled at UA Phnom Penh at American University of Phnom Penh can earn undergraduate, dual degrees in Civil Engineering, Law, and Business Administration.

UA Jakarta in Collaboration with Sampoerna University
Established in 2009, Sampoerna University is a private, international university known for its emphasis on experiential learning. It is the first university to offer accredited U.S. degrees entirely in Indonesia and the only university in Indonesia to fully teach its courses in English. Students enrolled at UA Jakarta in Collaboration with Sampoerna University can earn undergraduate dual degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Business Administration.

UA Amman at Princess Sumaya University for Technology
Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) is a top-ranked, private, not-for-profit university located in Jordan’s capital city. Established in 1991, PSUT is part of the El Hassan Science City, and is a leading university for Information Technology and Computer Engineering. Students enrolled at UA Amman at Princess Sumaya University for Technology can earn a dual master’s degree in Engineering Management.

UA Ajman at Gulf Medical University
Gulf Medical University (GMU) is a leading medical university in the Gulf Region. Established in 1998, GMU offers programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Public Health, among others. GMU programs are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education and recognized by the World Health Organization. Students enrolled at UA Ajman at Gulf Medical University can earn a dual master’s degree in Public Health.

IMPACT

  • ACCESS – Allows partner university students to earn U.S. degrees without the challenges of financing an education abroad

  • MOBILITY – Students can study at the UA Main Campus in Tucson or any location within the UA Global Micro-campus Network

  • INNOVATION – Combines the best of each partner institution to deliver unique dual degree programs

  • GROWTH – Increases student populations and the reach of existing and new programs at our partner universities

  • STUDY ABROAD – Creates affordable and immersive study abroad opportunities for U.S. students

  • RESEARCH – Serves as a platform for faculty collaboration, including joint research and grant proposals

  • INTERNATIONALIZATION – Fosters opportunities for faculty training and exchange, engaged learning, short-term programs, language training, and intercultural development