1420 Walnut Street Suite 700 Philadelphia, PA 19102


General Information

  • Highly qualified French instructors
  • Adult classes for all levels of French (101 to 401: A1 to C2)
  • Four ten week sessions per year (Fall, Winter, Spring, & Fall).
  • Evening and Morning classes
  • Students meet once a week for 10 weeks for 1.5-2 hours depending on class size
  • No more than 10 students per class

Class level & registration process

We require all prospective students with previous experience studying French or living in a French speaking country to take a placement test to determine their appropriate level before registering.

The placement test is available on our website here. it will take between 15-20 minutes to complete. We receive the results of your placement test and then one of our professors will contact you directly for a quick conversation in French. They will then let you know your level and schedule options for your course.

If you are a complete beginner (101 level) or know your level and course time please download and fill out the STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM and return it to us via email at

2019-2020 session dates

June 3rd - August 9th
In person registration and placement tests:
May 30-31, 12:00-2:00PM & 4:00-6:00 PM, June 1st 12:00-3:00 PM

FALL 2019
September 9th - November 15th

See Class Schedule
In person registration and placement tests:
  September 5-6, 12:00-2:00PM & 4:00-6:00 PM, September 7th 12:00-3:00 PM

December 2nd - February 14th
Class Schedule will be posted later
In person registration and placement tests:
  November 21-22, 12:00-2:00PM & 4:00-6:00 PM, November 23th 12:00-3:00 PM

March 2nd - May 8th
Class Schedule will be posted later
In person registration and placement tests:
  February 27-28, 12:00-2:00PM & 4:00-6:00 PM, February 29th 12:00-3:00 PM


General classes: $320 for one 10-week session plus the cost of course materials - price of course materials depends on course level. Specialized Classes (Literature, French for travel, Ecriture Creative): $330 for one 10-week session.

Enrollment is contingent upon advanced payment for course and materials. To be eligible for a refund, students must contact the office at least 24 hours before the first class. After the first class, only a credit for the next session will be issued (a $30.00 cancellation fee plus $30.00 per class is retained by the Alliance Française). No credit is issued after the end of the 3rd week of classes.



An accelerated program :  5 weeks (versus 10 weeks). This class will meet twice a week for a total of 5 hours each week. Designed for 3 levels of students : beginner, advanced beginner and basic (which is equivalent to level 101, 103, 201).

For instance, for the beginner class, after having successfully completing this course, you will be able to introduce yourself and others, answer basic questions regarding your life and express personal likes and dislikes. You will also have learned the French alphabet, numbers and basic vocabulary. You will be able to ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you own, describe or make simple requests and invitations, understand date and time, and explain basic hopes and opinions.

If you are a beginner, your level is 101, and your class will be Intensive 1. If you had French in the past, the best way for us to know your level is by giving you a placement test.

You can come on site on May 30 & 31 or June 1st from 12 to 2 and from 4 to 6:00 pm, to meet with an instructor and have a free assessment.

If you are unable to come for registration days, please complete the online placement test

Once completed, an instructor will call you at your preferred time.


  • BEGINNER : Monday 7:30pm and Thursday 7:30pm
  • ADVANCED BEGINNER : Monday 2:30pm and Thursday 2:30pm
  • BASIC : Thursday 5:30pm and Saturday 9:30am

Each class will last 2 hours.

PRICE: $390 for the 5 week program plus the cost of the book.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS FOR BEGINNER AND ADVANCED BEGINNER : Tendances A1 (book + activity book) - Available at the Alliance Française - $60 
FOR BASIC : Tendances A2 - Available at the Alliance
Française - $60

OPTIONAL TEXTBOOKS: Grammaire progressive du Français, débutants - Available at the Alliance Française - $40

Immersion classes

We also offer one-day immersion classes on Saturdays once every month and half or so. These courses are available in beginner, basic, intermediate, and advanced levels and represent six hours of intensive work within one subject area and are geared toward conversation with reviews of grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary. The cost is $150 and includes lunch and materials. Please contact us by e-mail or telephone to register  - register in advance as these classes fill up quickly!


September 28, October 26, November 23

January 25, February 22, March 28

April 25, May 16, June 27

2019/2020 The Alliance will be closed on the following days:

Thanksgiving: November 28 & 29

Winter break: December 22 - 29

MLK Day: Monday, January 20

Memorial Day: Monday, May 25

Independence Day: Sat., July 4th

Bastille Day: Tuesday, July 14

Alliance Française de Philadelphie
1420 Walnut Street, Suite 700 Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 735-5283
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