The Alliance Française Experience

Founded in 1984, the Alliance Française de Lyon (AFLyon) is the 1st French language school in Lyon. Each year, over 2,500 students from 130 countries come to the AFLyon to learn French in a friendly environment that promotes exchange, respect and intercultural dialogue.

A unique place

The school is in the 3rd district of Lyon, in the heart of the city, 300 meters away from the banks of the Rhone river. It is very well served by public transport (bus, metro, tram) and it is a 15-minute walk from Part-Dieu train station.

The AFLyon is located in a building of the early twentieth century, completely renovated, with air-conditioning and easily accessible to people with disabilities. This 2,500m² building includes 17 spacious classrooms and several pleasant areas to encourage interactions between students:

  • a large lobby,
  • a beautiful terrace,
  • a garden.


An important choice of courses

The Alliance Française de Lyon offers a large choice of courses, from beginner to advanced level. All our lessons are based on the CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), with cultural and intercultural dimensions and guarantee a constant progress.

Our teaching method relies on new methodological innovations and fits in with a communicational and dynamical approach.

Our goal is to give you the skills presented by the CECRL and to get you prepared to official certifications.


A multicultural community

Studying French at the AFLyon is an unforgettable experience that you will share with people from all over the world! Hosting more than 70 different nationalities each month, the AFLyon offers true cultural mix and unique openness to the world.

An exciting cultural program

Throughout the year, we organize events and activities in our school : film-club, games, parties, shows, etc. Our cultural program is also based on the exceptional cultural agenda of Lyon (2nd artistic and cultural city in France) as well as on the activities offered by our associative partners (dinner with local families, excursions in the region, wine tasting, language aperitifs etc.)


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