Our job is our passion.
Our passion is to teach French.

Our job is above all to inspire French, to arouse interest and curiosity for France and other French-speaking countries, to support the pleasure of learning and teaching.

Coming to Vichy to undertake a training course is also to live an exciting human and cultural immersion experience in the French way of life and discovering an exceptional region in the heart of France: the Auvergne.


We have something to be proud of !


Open all year round

CAVILAM – Alliance Française is open all year round. Registration is possible from one week of classes. Classes begin every Monday.



CAVILAM – Alliance Française represents a crossroads of world cultures in France, attracting nearly 5,000 students every year from over 120 nationalities.


Certified qualities

Since 2008, the institute has been awarded with Qualité FLE label assuring our courses, teachers, hosting, premises and management quality.



The CAVILAM – Alliance Française offers, all year round, more than 125 courses for all levels in accordance with the CEFR.


Our methodology

We aim to provide knowledge of French and an understanding of French society.
CAVILAM-Alliance Française draws on the latest methodological innovations as part of a communicative, action-oriented approach to teaching that combines :

  • Intensive learning through a variety of activities
  • Techniques to promote the acquisition of communication skills
  • Rewarding intercultural exchanges

A centre of excellence

Located in a superb setting, a stone’s throw from the splendid Parc des Célestins on the banks of the Allier river, CAVILAM – Alliance Française offers high-quality teaching in the comfort and elegance of a modern facility spanning 9,000 square metres and equipped with exceptional technological resources.

The building is accessible to people with reduced mobility.

The school partners on a regular basis with France’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Institut Français, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, French cultural services abroad and a number of media outlets including TV5 MONDE, Radio France International and Canal Académie.



A resource center

With a library of 20,000 documents on all types of media (Books, press, CDs, DVDs), the “Médiathèque de l’Orangerie is a free work and discovery area accessible to all students. As the third most important center of French as a foreign language resources in France, this media library offers numerous resources specialized in the learning and teaching of the French language and Francophone cultures.

Open all the year round from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm non-stop, you will be able to find not only a large and pleasant workplace, but also a place where numerous cultural events take place. Computer stations, headphones and Wifi are also at your disposal.

Cultural Services

The cultural service of the CAVILAM – Alliance Française offers you many activities to deepen your encounter with French culture and enrich your stay. Excursions in the wilderness, city tours and tastings will allow you to combine the theory of courses with the practice of French in the field. During your stay, we can help you organize your trips, reservations Hotels, information about visits, etc …

You can also benefit from a guidance for your university application, your resume and cover letters.



Vichy, the “Queen of Spas” – listed as a UNESCO world heritage site

Vichy is known as the “Queen of Spas” and has attracted many tourist keen to sample the wonders of its waters. Its mansions and Art Nouveau opera house combine with the reputed powers of its mineral springs, the appeal of the Allier river and the promise of long walks through leafy parks dating back to the time of Napoleon III to imbue the city with unmatched charm and evoke the perfect embodiment of the French way of life.
Vichy also boasts state-of-the-art sporting facilities situated in splendid natural surroundings. Since July 2021, Vichy and 11 other European spa cities are listed as a UNESCO world heritage. sites.

Our values

CAVILAM – Alliance Française offers a rich melting pot of interaction, language learning and cultural diversity built around our key values :


A world renowned school for its contributions in the learning of French as a foreign language for over 50 years.


We dedicate our efforts to the creation of new pedagogical tools and to reinvent ourselves every day.


An exceptional setting that promotes the discovery of the French language and also the discovery of the world.

Your contact

All our teams are available and at your disposal. They accompany you throughout your stay in Vichy in order to make it as pleasant and efficient as possible.