The non-profit organization Professional Association German as a Foreign and Second Language (Fachverband Deutsch als Fremd- und Zweitsprache or FaDaF e.V.) is Germany’s most important association of individuals or institutions concerned with teaching or researching German as a second or foreign language. It cooperates and collaborates with numerous public institutions such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and is also responsible for academic supervision of the DSH, the German Language Examination for University Admission.
The Association currently has around 800 members, including university Departments of German as a Foreign/ Second Language (DaF and DaZ respectively), privately run non-profit and commercial establishments and individuals, mainly teachers. Institutes attached to or independent of universities prepare foreign university applicants for their studies in Germany and the relevant examinations DSH, TestDaF and telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule. Afterwards, they provide linguistic support and help during the course of study. Many FaDaF member institutes are examination centers for the DSH (universities only), TestDaF and/or telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule. In many cases, they also provide integration courses for immigrants or language courses for special purposes.
FaDaF member institutes sign a voluntary declaration of commitment and are excluded from the Association in case of non-compliance. FaDaF is committed to upholding high standards in teaching by ensuring that teachers are properly qualified and receive a fair wage, that the learning/teaching environment and conditions are conducive to good learning, and by carrying out objective evaluation.
For more information, please visit www.fadaf.de.
Every two years, FaDaF appoints a consortium of 8 university-related German course providers in strict accordance with predefined quality criteria. The language institutes are located in different cities in all parts of Germany.
The consortium regularly participates in international educational trade fairs and uses these and other occasions to spread information about German courses in Germany. You can get to know the current members of the consortium here.