Through programs that take students to global places, and initiatives that bring international students to Arizona State University, we are preparing a cadre of young leaders empowered to participate fully in the civic, economic and cultural life of their community. For example, ASU is one of only two universities chosen to host of both the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) and the State Department’s Young African Leaders Initiative (Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions) - both significant efforts to empower rising African leaders. We also provide more than 2,000 student study abroad experiences annually and more than 13,000 international students access to educational excellence in Arizona.
ASU is also home to the University Design Institute, which leverages ASU's design capabilities and expertise to advance higher education impact at scale, among universities worldwide.
ASU's educational initiatives, combined with innovative leadership degree programs and international travel experiences, provide students the opportunity to inspire, catalyze and sustain student-driven social change.
The Acceso ASU program was developed to increase access to higher education at ASU, to interested DREAMers and other Spanish-speaking students through a partnership between ASU and Mexican universities. ASU developed a transfer pathway that allows students to take online courses at four Mexican university-partners, at a lower cost, and have credits validated toward a degree at ASU for online or campus immersive programs.
Acesso ASU also leverages other programs ASU offers in English that have the same purpose. These programs include options for undergraduate and graduate studies, such as undergraduate Earned Admission, Master's in Computer Science via Coursera, and Thunderbird's MicroMasters Program in International Business Management via edX.
Arizona State University and Leuphana University have partnered to develop an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to global sustainability studies. Supported by the School of Sustainability and the Center for Biology and Society, the global classroom integrates online and hands-on experiences. A new model for liberal arts education, this joint effort empowers students in the U.S. and Germany with the tools and knowledge to pursue studies of urban systems and sustainability challenges in international settings.
Global Health Internships and Archeology Field Schools
The School of Human Evolution and Social Change at ASU supports field schools, internships and study abroad programs that give students the broadest possible experiences as they pursue questions in community health, sustainability, culture and medical anthropology. Key field schools are in Guatemala and the U.S., with health internships in Peru, Tanzania and India. Additional study abroad programs in Australia, France, England, Peru, Spain, South Africa and New Zealand.
Masters in Global Technology and Development
Based in ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society and online, Global Technology and Development (GTD) program encourages advanced degree students to pursue research questions in the developed or the developing worlds that combine social science research questions with issues related to technology and human socioeconomic and political development. Graduates go on to pursue careers in technology-related public policy, government service, international management and development.
Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Founded in 2004, the Julie Anne Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability has been a cornerstone for Arizona State University’s efforts in sustainability education, research, business practices and global partnerships. The institute supports ASU’s School of Sustainability, the first of its kind in the nation committed to training the next generation of change-makers and thought leaders. With more than 500 Sustainability Scientists and Scholars, ASU is a hub for leadership in sustainability globally.
Among the impactful sustainability initiatives are:
- Executive Master’s for Sustainability Leadership
- Global Sustainability Studies Program
- Walton Sustainability Fellowship Program
Thunderbird School of Global Management
With 70 years of excellence, the ASU-Thunderbird School of Global Management is ranked No. 1 for it's Master of Global Management degree by Times Higher Education and Wall Street Journal for 2019. The school has more than 170 alumni chapters in 70 countries and operations now in Geneva, Switzerland, Moscow, Russia, Dubai, UAE, Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, Korea. It is also rated in the top 5 for International Clients, Executive Education Globally, by the Financial Times (2019)