Incoming Freshman Head to Italy as First “Global Bridge” Group


Fifteen incoming freshmen to the University of Arizona are in Italy for the first-ever Global Bridge program. The opportunity allows students to get a six-credit head start on their college journey in Orvieto, a majestic hill-top town located between Florence and Rome.

Read on to get to know some Global Bridge students and what they hope to learn!

Aidan DeBrae 

Hometown… Great Falls, Montana

Plans to major in… Physics

I’m most excited to… “hunker down and be part of a different culture. I’ve been to Europe, but as a tourist. I’m excited to actively engage in a community.”

I hope to learn… “more about Italian history and culture – especially the Renaissance. A lot of great minds found themselves in Italy during that time. The history will be really interesting.”

Once I return to campus… “I hope to study abroad again, early in my college career. I hope to get used to not just traveling, but participating in academia in another culture.”

Carolina Gomez 

Hometown… Tucson, Arizona

Plans to major in… Engineering

I’m most excited to… “expand my intellect through another culture. I’m ready to open my mind.”

I hope to learn… “another language, for sure.”

Once I return to campus… “I hope this experience will make me look at my classes differently. It might change my values a bit, and help me decide what I want to focus on with academics.”


Tyler Salas 

Hometown… Manahawkin, New Jersey

Plans to major in… Anthropology

I’m most excited to… “travel with fellow students, and learn along the way. It’s not a vacation; it’s academic, and I’m looking forward to that.”

I hope to learn… “some Italian.”

Once I return to campus… “I hope to know what to expect academically because I’ll already have taken college courses.”