Industrial Design Engineering - English - 3 years - Full-time

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 share their experience of the products and create sustainable furniture to suit their needs. Co-creation has become a reality for every professional designer. And it’s second nature to our IDE ‘open innovator’ students at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS). Anyone can come up with a ground-breaking idea. But IDE teaches you is to funnel your creativity by collaborating with all stakeholders, taking ethics and other cultures into account and making a positive impact with the launch of your project.


To enrol for the IDE programme you need to have passed your exams in at least the following subject: mathematics. Also, because this is a 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

To enrol on the IDE programme, you’ll need an affinity with maths and physics. This is a three-year programme taught in English, so you’ll need a secondary school diploma equivalent to a Dutch VWO and a good command of English. Before we can decide on your eligibility, we’ll 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.

Bachelors candidates who are educated in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, USA, Canada (Quebec only when the education language is English), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or Malta, or students holding a diploma (including English as an exam subject) stated on this diploma list, don’t need to take an English proficiency test.

All other prospective students are required to hand in a valid and sufficient language test.

Please check our Admission requirements for more information.

If you completed your prior education in a country other 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 Enrolment Centre and ask for details.

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

You have a Dutch diploma

The minimum requirement for admission onto the three-year IDE degree programme is a VWO diploma with mathematics. Students with an MBO or HAVO diploma don’t qualify for IDE, but can be admitted to the Dutch language four-year degree programme in Industrieel Product Ontwerpen (IPO).


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  • 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


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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 Enrolment Office by completing the contact form.
There is no Admission Test 21+ (Dutch) for this degree programme.
There are no exceptions to the official admission requirements. The Enrolment Office is the only party that can make decisions regarding your qualification for admission based on official regulations. You can’t rely on any other sources of information for your qualification for admission.

Student for a day

Get a taste of student life

3 February 2018

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.

Need help making a decision

We would 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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