General Introduction

 Please Note

  • The course enrolment is in the Language Center, via the platform NEO.
  • But, after enrolling for your course, you have to register the course in the Prüfungsamt (Examination Office) by filling in the registration form. Only then will your course be entered on your final transcript!!

The HFU Language Center (LC) uses a Course Management System (CMS) called NEO.
Our CMS allows the LC administration to manage all courses centrally, lets our instructors provide students with online content, and allows students to enroll in courses online, as well as access blended learning materials. NEO can be used on any internet ready device, be it PCs, laptops, tablet computers, or smartphones.

Signing up for NEO

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

  • Using your favorite browser, navigate to:
  • Click on Sign Up

    • If you are studying in Schwenningen enter the access code: XFTC-IXYD

  • To finish joining, enter your details and click submit.

    • Please note that for the purposes of class enrollment you need to use your HFU email
    • If you do not yet have a HFU e-mail address, you can use your private e-mail
      address temporarily.

  • Once you have joined NEO, a welcome window will pop up. Select Update your Account.
  • Click Edit in the top-right corner.
  • Select Picture. Here you can add a picture of yourself if you wish, or select an avatar.
  • Click Save.
  • Click Edit in the top-right corner.
  • Select Info.
  • Under Student ID, please enter your faculty and your student number. Please use the
    following format: Faculty - Student Number. For example: WIB 123456

    • If you do not yet have this information, you can enter it at a later point in time.

  • Click Save. Congratulations! You have successfully signed up in NEO.

Taking the English Placement Exam

Please note:

  • All students, who haven't been enroled to an English course before, have to take the English Placement Exam.
  • Students, who have been enroled to an English course before, don't have to take it again. If you want to take more than one course, please take the test only once.
  • The Placement Exam is only available online in a certain time window.

Please follow these instructions to take the English Placement Exam:

Access codes are:


FacultyAccess Code
Digitale MediaICVU-YAII
Information ScienceDKEE-MXDU
MME (Furtwangen)YSWX-JEEC


FacultyAccess Code
Business SchoolHLXV-EHMI
MME (Schwenningen)RTHE-VQOY


FacultyAccess Code
  • On the Dashboard, select "FU/VS, Englisch Einstufungstest"
  • Under Lessons, select "FU/VS, Englisch Einstufungstest"
  • Read the instructions carefully and, at the bottom of the screen, click Take Quiz.

Taking the German Placement Exam

General notes:

  • You will be unable to access the placement tests before or after the time window
  • The placement exam is subdivided into four sections: DaF A1, DaF A2, DaF B1, and DaF B2
  • You must start with the section DaF A1!
  • You can move from one subsection of the test to the next only if you scored 75%, or more on
    the previous section. For example, you can only move to DaF A2 if you score at least 75% in
    DaF A1.

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

  • Log into NEO (
  • On the Dashboard, select DaF – Einstufungstest
  • Under Lessons, select Deutsch (DaF) Einstufungstest
  • Read the instructions carefully and, at the bottom of the screen, click Take Quiz.
  • You will be allowed to take one section after another, until you reach a section in which
    you score less than 75% and can’t go further. Please take note of this final section of the
    test: this is your proficiency level.

Enroling in a Language Course

Enrolment will start on 4th of October 2016, 1pm

Courses will start on 10th of October 2016

Please note:

  • Enrolment is only possible over the online platform NEO.
  • All students who want to enrol into an english or german course have to take the English or German Placement Test (see instructions above).

Please follow these instructions to enrol into a language course:

  • Log into NEO ( - if you don't have a NEO account yet, please follow the steps above to create one)
  • Hover over „Classes“ in the upper left corner and click on „Catalogue“.
  • Choose the category you are interested in.
  • Go through the course list and choose the course appropriate for you. The courses are named according to Campus and Level.
  • Click on „Enrol“ and enter the right code. The access codes will be put up on this homepage   shortly before the enrolment time starts.

Enroling in a DaF-Intensive course

Please note: Online registration for the pre-semester intensive courses is from Monday, 5 September, 2016 at 8.00am until Monday, 19 September 2016 at 12.00 noon.

DaF course - Access codes

Please follow these instructions to enrol in a DaF-Intensive course.

  • Log into NEO (
  • Using the your proficiency test level as a guide, select a course from the chart below and
    note the access code.
  • In the top-right corner, click Enroll.
  • In the pop-up window, enter the access code of the course you qualify for.
  • Congratulations, you have successfully enrolled in your DaF-Intensive course!

In winter semester 2016/17 the following courses are available:

VS, DaF 1/1 (Level A1) and DaF 1/2 (Level A2-B1) - Intensive, start Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 1.15pm, Schwenningen Campus.  Meeting point: Room E1.01 at 1.00pm

FU, DaF 1/1 (Level A1) and DaF 1/2 (Level A2-B1) – Intensive, start Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 8.30am, Furtwangen Campus.  Meeting point: Room B 1.23 at 8.15am

Class Participation and Passing

1. Class Participation

  • Please attend the first day of class, otherwise you will be removed from the list. If for some reason you cannot attend, please inform your teacher by mail in time, so that your place is reserved.
  • Max. 3 absences allowed, whatever the reason (illness, Campus Day, job interviews etc!)

2. Passing the Class

  • To successfully pass the class you have to meet the following two requirements, 50% of the final grade each:

    • classroom participation (see point number 1)
    • exam

  • The classwork consists of homework, online work in NEO and/ or short tests.
  • Please note that you have to pass each part with min. 50% (you have to get 50% in class work, otherwise you will not be allowed to appear for the exam).