Global Bridge Program

Global Bridge Program
Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerApril 26July 7August 5Budget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Freshman
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Hotel
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview



Summer 2019 Dates: July 7 - August 5, 2019

As an incoming freshman at the University of Arizona, you have the exciting opportunity to study in Orvieto, Italy, the summer before college begins and get a 6-credit head start on your UA journey through our Global Bridge program. Before you live la dolce vita abroad, we’ll make sure you’re prepared to succeed personally and academically. Supported by a team of peer mentors, instructors, and staff throughout the experience, Global Bridge participants will be required to come to campus for a pre-departure period. Then, you’ll spend three unforgettable weeks in Italy as part of an engaged, culturally immersed freshman cohort — finding your place as a Wildcat and a global citizen. You’ll take classes and learn about European culture, just a short distance from both Florence and Rome, an area where some of the oldest history in the world lives.

Acceptance to this program is limited to first time, full time, incoming freshmen. 


GER 150 B1 - Becoming Transcultural: Maximizing Study Abroad 

This course is taught in English. Through case studies on a variety of cross-cultural encounter, the complexities and potency of study abroad are analyzed using theories from applied linguistics, intercultural communication, and sociology.

CLAS 160 D3 - Critical Concepts in Culture

This course examines different concepts critical to the shaping of primarily "Western" culture(s), with a glance at similar concepts in "non-Western" cultures. The course addresses the complicated relationships between material, literary, and cultural remains. The topics may include crime and punishments in the ancient world; holy men in antiquity; city and country life; warfare and migrations;  Greeks, Roman, and Barbarians. This class is taught in English

Beyond the Classroom

Why found an institute in Orvieto? Considered by many travelers to be one of the world's most beautiful towns, Orvieto combines Italian small town friendliness and atmosphere with the beauty of the Umbrian countryside. It is also one of the great centers for Italian art and archeology. Surrounded by treasures from the Etruscan period, Gothic era, the Renaissance and the 19th century, the student has the entire town as a living classroom. Four major museums flank the medieval cathedral, containing some of the finest examples of Orvietan art from the Neolithic Period to the present day.

Orvieto is the ideal location for an international study center. Conceived as a way to present Italian classical art, archeology and scholarship to a wide student audience, the Istituto is supported by the Commune (municipal government) of Orvieto and the Civic Foundation for the Promotion of Orvieto. The goal of the Istituto is to provide an affordable overseas experience and quality courses for undergraduates with an interest in learning more about the wonders of ancient Italy.

Program Staff

Alba Frascarelli

Alba was born and raised in Italy, where she started her career in Archaeology after getting her Master’s degree in Classics and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Perugia. Also passionate with languages and travels (as a child, she gave up her ballet classes to learn English), in the Spring 2000 she enthusiastically accepted a position as Visiting scholar at the Ruth Patrick Science Educational Center (University of South Carolina), developing the project “You be the archaeologist” for kids K- 5/8.  Attending conferences in the US, she was lucky enough to meet UA Regents’ Professor David Soren; his dream of starting a Study Abroad program in Italy, connections with the beautiful hilltop town of Orvieto, and her desire to work in an international setting, lead to the creation of the Arizona in Orvieto Program in the Fall 2002. Since then, Alba has served as Program Manager, welcoming almost 2000 students to Orvieto, that has become the location for the largest UA Study Abroad program.

Summer 2019 Faculty 

Dr. Janice McGregor is an Assistant Professor of German and Intercultural Competence and an affiliate faculty member in the Interdisciplinary PhD program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT). As an applied linguist, she is particularly interested in the intersection of language and culture and has led two summer study abroad programs previously. Her research and teaching bring together topics in intercultural learning, multilingualism, and identity. Dr. McGregor will be teaching GER 150B1 - Becoming Transcultural: Maximizing Study Abroad

Dr. Robert Stephan is an archaeologist by training and has taught in the University of Arizona’s Department of Classics since 2016. Dr. Stephan’s research focuses on how the material remains of the past can inform us about the economic performance of pre-modern societies. Basically, he's interested in understanding what cultural factors lead to improvements in economic well-being. During the course of his studies, he has worked on archaeological excavations in Italy, Cyprus, Britain, Armenia, and the American Southwest. At Arizona, Dr. Stephan teaches courses on classical civilization, sports in the Greco-Roman world, drugs in classical antiquity, and the ancient economy. In his free time he mentors and tutors students in a variety of subjects, although his weekends are dedicated to watching the Wildcats on the gridiron and basketball court. Bear Down! Dr. Stephan will be teaching CLAS 160D3 - Critical Concepts in Culture. 

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