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 Sara at
If you have any requests for classes in Rochester contact Alix at

AFMSP Classes in Rochester


All AF classes in Rochester take place at 125 Live:
125 Elton Hills Drive NW
Rochester, MN 55901

Because our instructors commute from the Twin Cities area, Alliance Française classes in Rochester run seasonally from our Spring Session starting in March through our Fall Session ending in November.
In the period between AFMSP is proud to provide private tutoring via Skype (learn more here!) to our Rochester community.


AFMSP Events in Rochester

Ciné Club at Rochester Public Library

Lola Pater, un film de Nadir Moknèche

Mercredi, le 20 novembre à 18h30
Année de sortie: 2017
Wednesday, Nov 20 at 6:30 pm
Release year: 2017

Film in French with English subtitles.

Synopsis/Résumé du film

Le film raconte l’histoire d’un homme, Zino, qui retrouve son père, Farid, après la morte de sa mère. Zino réalise que son père est devenu Lola, une femme. Critique de film sur Télérama: “Bien que prévisible, un film subtil et touchant aux interprétations remarquables. Fanny Ardant fait des merveilles. Mon père, cette héroïne.”

After the death of his mother, Zino sets out to find his father, Farid. Zino soon realizes that his father became Lola, a woman, 25 years prior. Film review from Rotten Tomatoes: “The path from resentment to reconciliation may be well-worn but it is traveled with a good deal of charm and sensitivity in Lola Pater.”

This screening is free, but please consider making a $5 donation in person or by registering in advance to support our cultural programming in Rochester!


Petit Déj at Old Abe Coffee Shop

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 Rochester programs.