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.

Our Mission

 The Alliance Française in Charlottesville is a non-profit cultural center and language institute.

Our mission is to promote and share French language and culture for the enrichment and enjoyment of the greater Charlottesville community. We encourage cross-cultural dialogue by fostering community for people of all ages and walks of life with a shared interest in French language and culture. 

The Alliance Française of Charlottesville began in 1992, dedicated to promoting French language and culture. Come and join us if you want to speak French, learn French, or just soak up French Culture, right here in Charlottesville! The Alliance Française in Charlottesville is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is not an agency of the French government. Your membership and donations are tax-deductible.

Our IRS Form 990 is available at