The University of Warwick, based in Coventry England, hopes to broaden its global reach with a campus in California.
University spokesman Peter Dunn said Thursday there are two key reasons for putting down roots in Placer County.
"It fits with University of Warwick's strategy, which is, we are a globally-connected university, that's been our strategy," said Dunn via phone from Coventry. "The world now needs a number of problems solved and it's universities like Warwick, globally-eclectic universities, that tend to be needed to solve those problems."
He said the eventual goal is for a new campus with 6,000 students by 2031.
In the meantime, the University of Warwick plans to offer some graduate courses at a temporary location.