The Alliance Française Network

The Fondation Alliance Française coordinates an international network of 819 Alliances set up in 137 countries. This network reaches over 550,000 people all over the globe.

For over a century, the Alliance Française has been overseeing an ambitious project: to spread French language and culture well beyond the borders of France.

The Alliance Française was founded in 1883 in Paris as “Association nationale pour la propagation de la langue française dans les colonies et à l’étranger” (National association for the propagation of the French language in French territories and abroad) under the aegis of Pierre Foncin and Ambassador Paul Cambon. The Paris Alliance was created the following year by a board of directors featuring illustrious names like Jules Verne (author), Louis Pasteur (chemist and biologist), and Ferdinand de Lesseps (diplomat). The first Alliance Française abroad was created the same year in Barcelona, Spain.

Faithful to the values of its founders, the Alliance Française remains committed to the formula of an association.

Each Alliance is part of this worldwide network but has forged strong bonds with its local cultural, educational and business communities.

Linguistic Stays

Have you ever wanted to live in France and immerse yourself in French language and culture?

As a part of the global network of more than 800 Alliances Françaises, we can help you make that dream come true and organise a linguistic stay with our two preferred partners, Alliance Française de Rouen (Normandy) and Alliance Française de St Malo (Brittany). 

Linguistic stays with other Alliances Françaises in France may be organised upon request. Information about Rouen linguistic stays can be found in their
2018 brochure and information about  St Malo on their website.

For additional information, personalised assistance, and bookings for all linguistic stays with Alliances Françaises in France, contact Kathy, our receptionist and linguistic stay coordinator.