About us

About us

The Cultural Services is a division of the French Embassy in the United States.

Under the leadership of Mohamed Bouabdallah, Cultural Counselor of France and Director of Villa Albertine, we craft projects and programs aimed at making French language and culture accessible to US audiences and build partnerships between French and American higher education institutions. We have offices in ten cities across the country. 

In the field of education, we work to ensure broad and equal access to French language programs for US-based learners of all ages. Offerings include support for instructors and schools and teaching resources. By collaborating with and forging connections between French and American higher education institutions, we facilitate transatlantic research projects and education abroad for US-based scholars and students. Our Campus France USA team manages all aspects of issuing education visas.   

Through Villa Albertine, our cultural brand launched in 2021, we provide customized exploratory residencies across the US for global creators and thinkers. We also offer incubators and grants for French and American culture professionals; public events across creative disciplines; and a print magazine and podcast. Villa Albertine’s credo is that artists can contribute key insights to address society’s pressing questions, and that collaborating across borders deepens those insights. 

The Cultural Services also encompasses Albertine, a bookshop within our New York headquarters that is dedicated to French-American exchange around the humanities, social sciences, and literature.