Dr. Jenny Lee

Vice President for Arizona International and Dean of International Education


Welcome to Arizona International!

I am the Vice President for University of Arizona International and Dean of International Education. Having experienced the transformative power of international education firsthand, as well as having worked as a professor of international higher education for over two decades, I believe in its profound impact on individuals, their families, and their communities. This ability to affect change is what makes international education so central in tackling the world's most pressing challenges, from poverty, to war and conflict, to climate change, and to disappearing ecosystems.

My personal experience and research background have taught me that an international education equips individuals with insight into the values of different cultures, an appreciation and understanding of the diverse world in which we live, and the ability to work across differences.

Our vision for University of Arizona International:

I intend for the University of Arizona to become a frontrunner in international education, leaving a lasting and constructive imprint on individuals and global communities.

We use our global network of partnerships and microcampus locations to provide high-quality education, promote international collaboration, and broaden access to intercultural experiences for the entire University community. We support international student enrollment, ensure holistic support for international students upon arrival, and facilitate life-changing study abroad experiences for domestic students. We are committed to international engagement, enriching the University of Arizona, and making a positive impact worldwide.

I invite you to learn more about us: who we serve, the work we do, and how you can become involved in cultivating a strong international community here at the University of Arizona and around the world.

Thank you,
Dr. Jenny Lee


In addition to serving as Vice President for Arizona International and Dean of International Education, Dr. Jenny Lee is also a Professor of Higher Education at the University of Arizona College of Education. Her research focuses on the global diffusion of higher education and its impact on societies and economic opportunities.

Dr. Lee is a thought leader in global higher education. She is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She formerly served as a Senior Fellow of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), the Chair for the Council of International Higher Education, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Additionally, Dr. Lee has served as US Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, a Distinguished Global Professor at Korea University, and an international visiting scholar at the City University of London, the University of Pretoria, and the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Dr. Lee’s expertise is regularly sought by national and international news outlets, such as ABC News, the Atlantic, Nature, the New York Times, NPR, Reuters, Science, and the Wall Street Journal.