The Alliance Française of Bombay is a local NGO part of an international network and working under a triple umbrella : the French Foreign Affair Ministry, the Alliance Française Foundation in Paris and an Indian board.
Established in Mumbai since 1938, the Alliance Française de Bombay has evolved in sync with the geographical and cultural expansion of the city. It has opened, in the last few years no less than nine centres for its language courses in different locations of the ‘Maximum City’, catering more than 4000 students each year. Its head quarters have remained in south Mumbai, the historical and administrative heart of the city, but its classes have spread all over the city.
Collaborating closely with the other prestigious cultural centers, the Alliance Française seeks to promote cultural exchanges between France and India, to initiate a dialogue of ideas and debates through contemporary creation that is accessible to all.
Thanks to its diverse activities, the Alliance Française is the gateway to Europe and all French speaking countries and their cultures.
The Alliance Française de Bombay is composed of a cultural department and an academic department.
The Director, Alain Zayan, is in charge of the cultural events in addition to administrative responsibilities. He oversees the cultural programs, the organization of events as well as private partnerships.
The Academic Director, Laurent Elisio Bordier, is in charge of the education department which organizes FFL (French as a Foreign Language) studies and program development for teachers, general public and private companies. It is also under his responsibility that all certified examinations are organized.
The Alliance Française de Bombay houses an office of CampusFrance, the French National Agency for studies in France. Its representative advises Indian students who wish to study in France.
AFB in figures : 8 teaching centres, over 8000 registrations in 2016, 60 teachers French and Indian national, 27 administrative staff members.