About the Alliance Française Network

Alliance Française is the largest and oldest network of French language and cultural centers in the world. It was founded in 1883 in Paris, France. The Alliance Française chapters across the world are dedicated to promoting French language and francophone culture in order to foster relationships between people of all nationalities, ethnicity, and backgrounds. Alliance Française of Washington, D.C. is one of the 850 chapters in the world, and one of 114 chapters in the US. The American network of Alliance Française chapters is the most important of all the Alliance Française’s networks.

  • About 850 Alliance chapters in the world

  • Over 136 countries have at least one city with an Alliance Française

  • 114 chapters in the United States

The Alliance Française of Washington, D.C.

The Alliance Française of Washington, D.C. was founded in 1905. Interrupted by World War 2, it reopened in 1949 originally as a social club and became an officially incorporated organization in 1965.

The Alliance Française of Washington, D.C. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization, since 1955. It is not subsidized by any government. It is an educational and cultural institution headed by a Franco-American Board of Directors.

The Alliance Française of Washington, D.C. serves as the leading center for French language, French culture and francophone resources in the Nation’s Capital. Alliance Française of Washington, D.C. enriches the lives of the D.C. community by offering the chance to connect with people of different backgrounds and cultures in order to better understand and appreciate the greater global community.

Mission, Vision and Values

Mission: To Build Connections Through French Language and Culture (s)

Vision: To Become the French Heart Beat in the Nation’s Capital


  • Inclusiveness: Celebrating Diversity of Students and Global Communities
  • Integration: Blending the Best Educational and Cultural Experiences
  • Innovation: Pioneering New Learning Tools and Cultural Approaches

AFDC offers:

  • French Language Classes for Adults
  • French Language Classes for Kids & Teens
  • Private French Language Classes
  • Corporate French Language Classes
  • Cultural Events
  • French Language Loan Library
  • French Language Certifications

La fondation Alliance française - Paris

La fédération des Alliances françaises aux Etats-Unis

Délégation Générale de l’Alliance Française – USA