Find a French centre close to you

From French lessons to cultural events and cross-cultural exchanges, the UK network of Alliances Françaises and Instituts Français bring France to cities and towns all around the UK.

Whether you’d like to learn French, catch up on French cinema, join a group to discuss French literature, or take a French exam to prove your level, we will extend a warm welcome to you at your local French language centre, library or cultural venue.

Each year, thousands of people across the UK enjoy the quality of our French classes and cultural events, so why not give us a go?

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Five great reasons to learn French!

1. A widely-spoken language
More than 300 million people speak French worldwide. It is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, meaning it is a great way to get to the parts of the world English cannot reach!

2. A language for work
The ability to speak French and English is a huge advantage on the international job market.
Many French-speaking countries are key UK economic partners. French is a working and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee and the International Red Cross.

3. A language for higher education
With French you can access renowned French-speaking universities and business schools, which are ranked among the top higher education institutions in the world.

4. A language for culture
French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. A knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature, films and songs from all 5 continents.

5. A language for learning other languages
French is the perfect base for learning other languages, especially Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian). With a significant percentage of English vocabulary deriving from French, it is also a good way to learn more about your mother tongue!