Industrial Design Engineering - English

Ever wondered how IKEA managed to become the largest and most popular furniture retailer in the world? Well, it might have had something to do with the fact they let groups of users chip in to share their user experience of the product to create furniture that better fits the consumer’s needs. Co-creation has become a reality for every professional designer. But to Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) students studying at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS), it’s their second nature. Sure, anyone can come up with a groundbreaking idea. What IDE teaches you is to funnel your creativity by involving the end users and stakeholders of your product and taking other cultures into account.


To enrol for the IDE programme you need to have passed your exams in at least the following subjects: mathematics and physics. Also, because this is a 3 three-year English taught programme, you will need a secondary school diploma equivalent to that of a Dutch VWO and a good command of English. 

Admission requirements

You have a non-Dutch diploma

Before we can decide on your eligibility, we will need to assess your secondary school certificate. To make sure your certificate is evaluated fairly, we work with NUFFIC, an organisation that specialises in the assessment of international education qualifications.

This programme is taught entirely in English. You’ll need a good command of the English language, both spoken and written.

Bachelor candidates who were educated in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada (except for Quebec!), Australia, New-Zealand, South Africa or Malta, or students holding a diploma (including English as an exam subject) stated on this diploma list, need not take an English proficiency test.

All other prospective students are required to hand in a valid and sufficient TOEFL, TOEIC , IELTS, or Cambridge ESOL certificate to the Enrolment Centre. The certificate must not be older than two year at the start of the study year.

If you completed your prior education in another country than those listed above you might still qualify for exemption, if:

  • you have an American or International High School Diploma, or
  • you have an European or International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Please contact the THUAS Enrolment Centre and ask for details.

The minimum TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS and Cambridge CAE/ CPE scores for are:


  • Paper based > 550
  • Computer based > 213
  • Internet based > 80, With minimum subscores of 20


  • Listening and Reading > 670, You must also complete 'Speaking and Writing' successfully


  • Listening > 6
  • Reading > 6
  • Writing > 6
  • Speaking > 6
  • Overall > 6


  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) > A/B/C
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) > A/B/C

Please note: The Hague University of Applied Sciences does not accept Institutional TOEFL scores, TOEFL ITP scores or any other language test certificates.

Please note: if you take (or have taken) the TOEFL English proficiency test, please allow The Hague University of Applied Sciences to check your online results to verify your TOEFL certificate. The Institution Code of The Hague University of Applied Sciences is 7042.

If you have not quite reached the level you need to enrol for a degree but your results are promising, we offer an English Prep School programme, which takes six months or one year. On completion of this, you will not only be ready to join a Bachelor class, but you’ll also have learned a lot about the Netherlands, The Hague and our university.

You have a Dutch diploma

The minimum requirement for admission to the 3-year degree programme in Industrial Design Engineering is a vwo-diploma. This admission requirement applies because this is a 3-year programme taught in English. Students with a mbo- or havodiploma do not qualify for admission to the 3-year degree programme in Industrial Design Engineering. They can, however, be admitted to the 4-year degree programme in Industrieel Product Ontwerpen (IPO).


  • N&T Does not qualify for admission
  • N&G Does not qualify for admission
  • E&M Does not qualify for admission
  • C&M Does not qualify for admission


  • N&T Immediately qualifies for admission
  • N&G Immediately qualifies for admission
  • E&M Immediately qualifies for admission
  • C&M Does not qualify for admission


  • Does not qualify for admission


If you received a vwo-diploma previous to 2010, your diploma will be assessed individually to see if you qualify for admission. If you have any questions about this,  you can contact the Central Student Enrolment Office by completing the contact form.
There is no Admission Test 21+ (Dutch) for this degree programme.
There can be no exceptions made to the official admission requirements. The Central Student Enrolment Office is the only agency that can arrive at decisions regarding your qualification for admission as based on the official regulations. You cannot rely on any other sources of information with regard to your qualification for admission.

Student for a day

Get a taste of student life

5 November 2016

Open Day

An Open Day is a great way to visit our campus; get acquainted with current students, lecturers, and meet our team of study advisors. You will get a sneak peak of the open creative IDE workspace called ‘Area 51’, complete with a state of the art 3D printer.

8 - 9 December 2016

Trial Study Day

Join an IDE class and meet our current students and lecturers. This is also your chance to experience how IDE coaches you and your fellow students in becoming innovative designers. Experience masterclasses like: Design Exploration and Implementing Business & Products.


Student for a day

Shadow a current IDE student and experience what it’s like to study at THUAS. You will participate in brainstorms with existing project groups and attend useful classes like User Involvement or Materials & Manufacturing. Which could already make clear to you what type of designer you would like to be and how your product can stand out in a user-centered world.

Need help making a decision

We like to help you make the right decision

It takes a bit of thought and research to find the right programme. The Hague University of Applied Sciences organizes various activities throughout the year to give you the best possible idea of the various study’s offered. You also learn what it’s like to study at THUAS. This way, you can click on the registration button without a doubt in mind. Or you’ll know for certain it’s not right for you. 
Contact our Study & Career Centre Contact us by phone (+31) (0)70 445 8595 or by email

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