Alliance Française Network


The Fondation Alliance Française gathers a network of 857 Alliances Françaises around the world. The Alliance owes its success to the consistently faithful nature of a foreign public which continues to be enamoured by the French language. Deriving its strength from a name which is now recognised all over the world, it has been able to maintain a presence in 135 different countries. The quality of instruction adapted to different publics and the ability to welcome all nationalities enables the Alliances Françaises to support and develop the teaching of French throughout the world to more than 500 000 students every year.

The exceptional longevity and vitality of the Alliance Française springs from the close links which have been established with the authorities, the people and sponsors in the host countries, as well as with the French government. An “alliance” is the fruit of a two-way agreement and of mutual support, both of which form the basis of its perennial nature. The Alliance has built strong relationships with local communities, thanks to many long-term projects of cultural cooperation and exchange. Through its cycle «Alliances en résonance», the Fondation promotes foreign cultures in France and encourages the Alliances to value the culture of the countries which welcome them.

Being one and many at the same time, the Alliance symbolises a French nation which is universal and constantly moving forward. Firmly committed to modernisation, the integration of new technologies and the constant reappraisal and updating of its teaching methods take part into its general policy. In all areas, the Alliance Française draws upon traditional resources as well as modern ones and attempts to adjust its development to the changing world, while remaining faithful to its values and commitments.

A not-for-profit organisation

The Alliances Françaises are not profit making societies registered with local authorities.They are admnistered by Committees composed of people from the economic, business and cultural spheres. Its statutes are recognised by the Fondation Alliance Française.

Education of Exceptional Quality

The Alliances Françaises offer courses for adults, adolescents and children. The Alliances’ teachers have university qualifications, specialising in teaching French as a foreign language. Many Alliances Françaises are examination centres for the DELF (Diplôme Elémentaire de Langue Française) and the DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française). Courses at the Alliances Françaises cover vocabulary, grammar and more in the standard French language. The courses go from a beginner to an advanced level. The Alliances Françaises offer a wide range of courses and workshops such as French for travellers, breakfast or conversation classes.

The Alliance Française in Australia

The first Alliance Française in Australia was founded in Melbourne in 1890. The Alliance Française network in Australia is made up of 31 individual branches.

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