The Alliance Française Rotterdam was founded in 1892 and offers a varied range of courses for students, adults and businesses, as well as cultural activities and a large library that enables you to deepen your knowledge of French culture and, more broadly, the French-speaking world.

The Alliance Française is located in a beautiful mansion in the centre of Rotterdam, on the Westersingel 14, the cultural axis of the city and its famous sculpture promenade, a 5-minute walk from Central Station. In our building, we welcome you on four floors in rooms that have been set up for cultural and linguistic activities: a café, an art gallery AFKunstruimte, a media library consisting of a library and a documentation centre on contemporary France (visual arts), a culture library (a digital library) and a room set up as a cinema and conference room. On each floor there are several spacious classrooms.

The building was renovated in 1996 by Rem Koolhaas’ architectural firm, OMA Rotterdam (Office for Metrpolitan Architecture), and the Rotterdam artist Joep van Lieshout, thanks to support from the City of Rotterdam and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Works of art are integrated into the architecture of the building and the French artist Daniel Buren was commissioned and realised in 2000 in the form of an installation on the façade of the building.

Our French lessons, which are given by qualified, French-speaking teachers, are adapted to an international audience or to your specific requirements, for example for company courses. On Wednesday afternoons, there are courses for children and Dutch courses for French speakers. Cultural courses in French allow you to deepen your knowledge of art history.

We offer all kinds of cultural activities such as lectures, literary events, exhibitions, tastings of French products, concerts, music festivals and other themed evenings.

The Alliance Française network is managed by the Fondation Alliances Françaises in 132 countries. The Alliance Française network in the Netherlands is one of the most active with 34 branches.

We share the same mission: to promote the learning of the French language and the knowledge and appreciation of the French and Francophone culture.