General information on placement tests and registration for language courses

Registration for all language courses at the Language Center, and for placement tests if required, can only be carried out online via the NEO platform during a limited time period at the beginning of each semester. All students taking English and German (DaF) courses at the Language Center for the first time, must take a placement test before they can take the course.

Detailed information about how to register for NEO and sign up for placement tests and language courses is given below. Access codes are necessary to register for placement tests and language courses. Details of online registration dates and times with relevant access codes for each semester will be posted below ahead of each registration period.

Please note: after registering for your course, you must also register the course in the Examinations Office (Prüfungsamt) in order for it to be added to your transcript of records.

What is NEO?

The HFU Language Center (LC) uses a Learning Management System called NEO, which enables the LC to administer all courses centrally. Our instructors also use NEO to provide students with online materials and to post important messages and information. Our students use NEO to register for language courses online and to access blended learning materials. NEO can be used on any internet-ready device, such as PCs, laptops, tablet computers or smartphones.

Signing up for NEO

Please follow these instructions to sign into and configure the Learning Management System NEO:

  • Click on this link: www.hs-furtwangen.edu20.org
  • Click on Sign Up
  • Use the Access Codes which will be posted on this page ahead of time.
  • Enter your details (using correct capital and small letter in your name) and click submit.

    • Please note you need your HFU email address to register.
    • If you do not yet have an HFU email address, you can use your private email
      address temporarily.

Please note:
If you already took a course at the Language Center in the previous semester (with or without a placement test), you do not have to reregister for NEO. Simply log into NEO and enter the access codes of your chosen course. It is not necessary to do another placement test.

If your account has been inactive for longer than a semester, it may be archived and you will not be able to access it. In this case please contact the site administrator at mca(at)hs-furtwangen.de to have your account reactivated.

Taking the English Placement Test

All first semester students and students taking a Language Center course for the first time, must take an online English Placement Test first. The English Placement Test is only available online and will be activated for a limited period of time at the beginning of the semester. The Access Codes necessary to register will be posted on this webpage in advance.

Exception: students of HFU Business School (IBW, IBM and IEB) do not have to take a placement test for the language courses (English and regional focus language) required as part of their degree.

Students who have already taken an English course at the Language Center do not have to retake the Placement Test. Students who want to take more than one course, only have to take the test once. For more information on what to do in the case, please read the section on Registering for a language course.

Please follow these instructions to take the English Placement Test:

  • Log into NEO here: www.hs-furtwangen.edu20.org
  • If you have not yet registered with NEO, please refer to Signing up for NEO above.
  • Enter the relevant Access Code for your campus.
  • Complete the registration form.
  • When you log in for the first time a pop-up with information will appear. Click on either, Show me next time, or deactivate it with Got it, thanks!
  • Click on Dashboard on the left-hand side and Einstufungstest
  • Under Lessons, click on FU/VS, Englisch Einstufungstest SoSe
  • Read the instructions carefully and at the bottom of the screen click Take Quiz.

Taking the German (DaF) Placement Test

All international students at HFU taking a German course at HFU for the first time, whether an intensive course or a semester course, must take a DaF (German as a foreign language) Placement Test before registering for a course. This applies to both international guest students who are attending the university for 1 or 2 semesters, and master's students who are studying full-time for 2 years. If you are taking a DaF Intensive course, you are automatically registered in NEO by the Language Center and will receive an email from the Language Center informing you that you should take an online placement test. With the results you will be registered for the appropriate DaF intensive German course.

Please note: If you have an international German language qualification (Goethe Institute, Telc, TestDaF), you are not required to take the Placement Test. Please present the certificate at the Language Center as soon as possible in order to be placed in the next course level.

The German Placement Test is only available online and for a limited time period. The Access Codes necessary to register will be posted on this webpage in advance.

Please follow these steps to take the German Placement Test (Einstufungstest Deutsch):

  • Log into NEO here: www.hs-furtwangen.edu20.org

    • Click on Log in in the top right corner.
    • If you have not yet registered with NEO, please refer to Signing up for NEO above.

  • When you log in for the first time a pop-up with information will appear. Click on either, Show me next time, or deactivate it with Got it, thanks!
  • If you are a guest student in Furtwangen, click on the Dashboard and select FU DaF Einstufungstest SoSe 2017
  • If you are a guest student in Schwenningen, click on the Dashboard and select VS DaF Einstufungstest SoSe 2017
  • If you are a Master's student, please select the Placement Test for your degree programme, e.g. IBM DaF Einstufungstest SoSe 2017 or BME DaF Einstufungstest SoSe 2017, etc.
  • Under Lessons, select once again the relevant DaF Placement Test.
  • Read the instructions carefully and, at the bottom of the screen, click Take Quiz.Please note: The tests must be taken one after the other beginning with A1! Each level must be passed before you are allowed to continue to the next level. For example, you must pass A1 to be allowed to continue to A1. The test is finished when you fail to pass a certain level. For example, if you do not pass B1, this means you are not yet proficient at this level and must therefore take a course at this level.

Registering for a DaF-Intensive course

If you are taking a DaF Intensive course, you are automatically registered in NEO by the Language Center. You will receive an email from the Language Center informing you that you should take an online placement test in NEO (see Taking the German (DaF) Placement Test).

With the results you must register for the appropriate DaF intensive German course. The Access Codes necessary to register and the dates of the courses will be posted on this webpage in advance.

On the final day of your course, you will retake the placement test to define your new level. When you have established your level of proficiency, you must register yourself for the appropriate DaF semester German course (see Registering for a Language Course).

Registering for a Language Course

How to register for a language course:

  • Log into NEO here: www.hs-furtwangen.edu20.org

    • If you have not yet registered with NEO, please refer to Signing up for NEO above.
    • If your account has been inactive for longer than a semester, it may be archived and you will not be able to access it. In this case please contact the site administrator at mca(at)hs-furtwangen.de to have your account reactivated.

  • Click on Log in in the top right corner.
  • When you log in for the first time a pop-up with information will appear. Click on either, Show me next time, or deactivate it with Got it, thanks!
  • Hover over Classes in the menu on the left.
  • Click on Catalogue on the drop down menu.
  • Select the Category you are interested in.
  • If you are taking part in one of our language courses for the first time, please be aware that you are only allowed to register for courses at the level indicated in the Placement Test.
  • Select your course from those offered.

    • The courses are individually named according to:
    • Campus - Schwenningen (VS) or Furtwangen (FU)
    • Name of course
    • Day and time
    • Building and room

    For example: VS, English 7 - Technology, Wed. 2.00 - 3.30pm, N 12
    i.e. English Level 7 - special focus technology, on Wednesday from 2.00 - 3.30pm in N building, Room 12 on Schwenningen Campus

  • Click on relevant courses to see a course description.
  • If you wish to register for a course, click on Enrol in the top right hand corner.
  • Enter the relevant Access Code. The number of course participants is limited. When the course is full, it is no longer possible to register.
  • You can register for more than one course if you wish by clicking on Enrol in the top right-hand corner and entering the relevant Access Code.

If you have already carried out a placement test, this does not have to be repeated.

Please note: It is important to attend the first class as otherwise you may lose your place on the course.

Registering your language course with the Examinations Office

After registering for a course (and receiving confirmation from the teacher), you must also register your language course, as with all elective courses (Wahlpflichtfächer), separately with the Examinations Office (Prüfungsamt). If you do not do this, your language course will not be listed on your official transcript of records.

The registration period is normally for one week starting in the 3rd week of lectures. Check here for exact dates and deadlines.

Classroom Participation and Course Assessment

Important information regarding class participation and course assessment:
The course assessment has 2 components, Classroom Participation and a Written Exam, both of which have to be passed with a minimum grade of 50% (grade: 4.0) in order to pass the course.

Classroom Participation
Regular attendance in the Language Center language courses is a course requirement. If participants miss more than 3 classes per semester (including absence due to illness), they will be awarded a "fail" grade for "Classroom Participation".

Classroom Participation includes additional classwork in NEO. If you have not achieved a grade of 50% for this work, you will not be allowed to take the written exam.