Updated: August 28, 2020

FIAF Reopening Information

After connecting and experiencing French language and culture online together for the last five months, FIAF is planning a limited reopening this fall pending state and city approval. Please see program-specific reopening dates below.

The health and well-being of our students, members, visitors, and staff are our number one priority. We will be strictly following guidelines recommended by the CDC and public health authorities regarding COVID-19.

All people over the age of 2 are required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing at all times. Health checks will be administered upon entering FIAF and a more frequent building-wide cleaning schedule has been implemented. Watch our safety guidelines video here.

Program Updates:

  • Preschool (IN PERSON): FIAF’s award-winning preschool will resume in person for the 2020-21 school year starting Tuesday, September 1. For more information, visit fiafpreschool.org. Email us at preschool@fiaf.org if you have any questions.
  • French Exams: French certification exams resume at FIAF starting Friday, August 21. Visit the Exams section for details.
  • French Classes for Children and Adults (ONLINE & IN PERSON): Summer classes will continue to be offered online through September 18. For the fall session, starting Monday, September 21, FIAF will offer both online and in-person classes for all ages. Browse upcoming classes here. Email us at languagecenter@fiaf.org if you have any questions.
  • Language Center Offices: The Manhattan office will reopen Monday, August 31. You can stop by Monday–Friday between 10am–4pm to sign up for fall classes and purchase/pick-up textbooks. In-person placement tests can be scheduled by emailing us at languagecenter@fiaf.org. The Montclair office will open Tuesday, September 8 at a new location.
  • Private Lessons (ONLINE & IN PERSON): One-on-one and small group private lessons can resume in person at FIAF starting Tuesday, September 8. Online private lessons on Zoom will continue to be available throughout summer and fall. Request a private lesson here. Email us at privatelessons@fiaf.org if you have any questions.
  • Cultural Events: For our fall season, FIAF will continue presenting virtual film screenings, performances, Art de Vivre talks and wine tastings, and more for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home. Additionally, we hope to present a few special in-person events starting in September. Stay tuned for details. View upcoming events here.
  • Library at FIAF: The library will remain closed throughout the fall season. Limited drop-off / pick-up service for books and materials will be offered in the fall, start date TBD. All late fees are waived and due dates extended to after the closure period.
  • Digital Library: The Culturethèque digital library features French eBooks, bandes dessinées, magazines, music, podcasts, children’s books and cartoons, and more. Free access is available to FIAF Members. Learn more here.
  • Membership: For insider access to all our events (virtual and in-person), free weekly French films, and free access to Culturethèque digital library, sign up for a FIAF Membership here.
  • Stay Connected: Exciting cultural content is posted continually on FIAF’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive information about our classes and events.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at membership@fiaf.org.

Please check back often for updates.

Be safe and well, and we look forward to welcoming you back to FIAF!