Our Mission

Our mission is to promote knowledge and appreciation of the French language and Francophone cultures, and to encourage friendship and collaboration with the French-speaking world.
The Alliance Française of San Francisco is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of California.

What do we do ?

The Alliance Française of San Francisco provides :
• Language courses for adults, children, and businesses who want or need to learn French
• Language certifications including the TCF and the DAEFLE
• Cultural activities for adults and children that present a comprehensive look at francophone culture in the 21st century
• A library and other online resources for both native speakers and students of French
Whether you are a native or fluent French speaker, a student of the language, or an interested non-French speaker, you are welcome to participate in the wide range of activities offered throughout the year.

Who were the creators of Alliance Française?

Founded in 1883 by a group of eminent men, including the scientist Louis Pasteur, the diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps, the writers Jules Verne and Ernest Renan, and the publisher Armand Colin, the Alliance Française is the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world.
They are dedicated to promoting French language and francophone culture in order to foster relationships between people of all nationalities, ethnicities, and races.

  • Over 800 Alliance chapters operate worldwide, in 132 countries.
  • More than 500000 students around the world
  • 107 chapters operate in the United States, and 73 are offering French classes. The Alliance Française of San Francisco was the first in the nation; we’ve been open since 1889!