Since its creation in Paris in 1883, the Alliance Française has spread worldwide to offer cultural centers and a social forum for people interested in French culture and language. It is the largest cultural network in the world promoting French language and culture on 5 continents. Today Alliance Française is regarded as a standard that represents the highest quality for teaching French as a Foreign Language (FLE).

The Alliance Française, founded in the late 1800s in Paris, currently has over 800 chapters in more than 130 countries. Worldwide, over half a million students take classes at the Alliance Française. The Alliance Française network in the United States has more chapters than any other country in the world. The U.S. network currently boasts well over a hundred chapters, and nearly three-quarters of those offer French classes to the public. Annually, as many as 25,000 students enroll in classes at Alliance chapters in the United States.