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In response to requests from the local community, the Alliance Française chapter based in the Twin Cities began hosting cultural and educational programming in Rochester in May 2015. Since then, we have celebrated Bastille Day and held regular movie nights and conversation groups and also hosted classes in person and via Skype for Rochester students.

Prior to 2015, a number of dedicated Alliance Française members and students from the area had to make the commute all the way to Minneapolis and back for any classes or events they wanted to attend. However, the Alliance is proud to now offer classes and cultural events outside of the Twin Cities metro area. We look forward to the continued work with local institutions and organizations to bring French-language classes and cultural events to Olmsted County and the surrounding area!

If you have any requests for future Rochester events or questions about ongoing programs contact Natalia at
If you have any requests for classes in Rochester contact Alix at


Adults and children can join us on-line this fall and winter session !

Fall Session 2021 : September 13 to November 21
Winter 2022: January 10 to March 20

With the changes to our lives during the COVID-19 epidemic, we invite Rochester (and greater-Metro area students!) to join our full range of classes that will be taking place on-line.

We hope to resume in-person classes in Rochester in 2021 when we can safely gather!

Register on our website or by phone at 612 332 0436.

AFMSP is also proud to provide private tutoring via Skype or Zoom (learn more here!) to our Rochester community.


While Alliance Française events are currently suspended in Rochester, if you are interested in meeting up informally with other Francophones and Francophiles, Mackenzie can put you in contact with others who are interested!

Petit Déj at Old Abe Coffee Shop — currently suspended for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic

Un groupe de conversation mensuel pour les francophones à Rochester !
A monthly French conversation group in Rochester!

Join us the first Saturday of every month at Old Abe Coffee Shop, located at 832 7th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901, from 9:30 to 11:30 am to chat in French with a member of Alliance Française’s staff.
This event is free and all are welcome.

Become an AFMSP member and take advantage of member benefits! If you prefer not to do so when registering for a class in Rochester, please call our office.

You may also register by phone at 612 332 0436, or in person at The Joly Center.

Donate to support these programs today ! AFMSP is a self-funded non-profit and relies on donations to support our free programs in Rochester. Did you come to an event but didn’t have anything to put in the donation box at the time? Ne vous inquiètez pas ! Donate online to directly support our programs- including our many online events!