Accademia Europea di Firenze
The best way to learn Italian Language, Culture and the Arts in Florence

The Accademia Europea di Firenze is an International School of Italian Arts, Language and Culture. Founded in 2005 as an Italian language school for foreigners, over time our school has expanded and transformed to now offer students courses of Italian art and culture, music and dance. AEF also offers Certificate Programs in Voice & Opera, Drawing & Painting, Dance, and Italian Language & Culture, as well as Study Abroad Programs in collaboration with prestigious American Universities, intensive Summer and Winter Programs and Joint Academic Programs developed with universities from all over the world. Deeply rooted in Italian history and culture, but compliant with European academic standards, our school is enhanced by our experiential learning approach and the top quality of our faculty, which contribute to the creation of an international community in the city of Renaissance and universal beauty. Are you ready to be part of it?

Gabie Smith

gabie smith

Dean of Elon College, The College of Arts and Sciences. Professor of Psychology
Elon University

Dr. Gabie Smith joined the Elon faculty in 2000, teaching courses that include nonexperimental research design, health psychology, psychology of sex and gender, and empirical research seminar. Smith is a Professor of Psychology and has previously served as the Chair of the Psychology Department and Coordinator of the Women’s/Gender Studies minor. She chaired the Academic Council Task Force on the Evaluation of Teaching, the Student Life Committee, and the Presidential Advisory Council on Sexual Assault & Gender Issues. Smith also has served as a member of the Presidential Task Force on Vendor Policies and the Presidential LGBTQIA Task Force. Smith became an associate dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, in spring 2014. After serving as interim Dean for two years, Smith was selected to serve as Dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences. Smith's scholarly interests include the role of personality, social and cognitive factors affecting women's risk-taking behaviors and perceptions of health conditions. She received the Excellence in Scholarship Award from Elon College in 2010. Prior to joining the faculty at Elon University, Smith held a faculty position at Frostburg State University where she received the university Faculty Achievement Award in Teaching in 1999. Smith received her B.A. from North Carolina State University, M.A. from Wake Forest University, and Ph.D. from Iowa State University.