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University of Arizona adding 11 new micro-campuses abroad

Posted at 10:06 PM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 01:19:03-04

The University of Arizona is launching 11 new micro-campuses across the world. 

The campuses are a new model to provide international students access to U of A degrees in their home country, according to Melissa Vito, U of A's Senior Vice President of Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Strategic Initiatives. 

"We establish a small campus within a campus and it's really awesome because it is cost effective for both partners," she said. "We are not building our own campus, we are within another campus. It allows students to be able to do a dual degree program so we just bring in the last 30 to 50 units for students so you don't have to come here and get part of your degree you can do it all there." 

Vito anticipates future programs will include degrees across the board from engineering to health sciences, but specific programs will be tailored to each location. 

She says the ultimate goal of the expansion is to provide access to an additional 30,000 students across the globe. 

"Really what this does is it reinforces the fact that actually, we live in a small global world that the University of Arizona brand is still important and that there is a global interest in connecting to this country and being able to receive degrees here," she explained. 

Vito says the U of A plans to begin offering the programs at the micro-campuses for fall and spring 2018.