University of Arizona taps WeWork spaces for international students

The new partnership intends for students completing degrees abroad to have access to clean and safe study spaces during the pandemic.

The University of Arizona announced on Tuesday a new partnership with WeWork to give international students access to workspaces in their home countries.

The university said the partnership will support international students while they are unable to return to the U.S. because of the pandemic and allow them to learn remotely from decentralized classrooms.

“For students who are not able to come to our main campus in Arizona, the partnership with WeWork is our way of affirming that the University of Arizona is here for you wherever you are, that we support you in your pursuit of higher education, and that we are committed to doing that in a safe and meaningful way,” University of Arizona President Robert Robbins said in a press release.

Students enrolled in UA programs internationally will have access to a network of nearly 500 WeWork locations in 80 cities across 37 countries, where students can have access to Wi-Fi and study spaces. Access to this network of work spaces will also ensure students have clean and safe spaces to work from during the pandemic.


The WeWork network also includes thousands of startups and large enterprises, which will give UA’s students unique opportunities to network and collaborate with working professionals, according to the university.

“As universities have increasingly – and of necessity – shifted to online modalities, we recognize the need to create new and innovative access points for international students and professionals to start or continue their graduate and undergraduate studies,” Stephanie Adamson, the university’s assistant dean of global admissions and enrollment said in the announcement. “WeWork’s modern and convenient workspaces in cities around the world offer access to the University of Arizona’s top-rated degree programs through a new, flexible and affordable model.”

Betsy Foresman

Written by Betsy Foresman

Betsy Foresman was an education reporter for EdScoop from 2018 through early 2021, where she wrote about the virtues and challenges of innovative technology solutions used in higher education and K-12 spaces. Foresman also covered local government IT for StateScoop, on occasion. Foresman graduated from Texas Christian University in 2018 — go Frogs! — with a BA in journalism and psychology. During her senior year, she worked as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and moved back to the capital after completing her degree because, like Shrek, she feels most at home in the swamp. Foresman previously worked at Scoop News Group as an editorial fellow.

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