User Experience Design - English

Whether it’s a smart fridge that replenishes itself online, or a watch that tracks our activity: the user experience of digital technology has become a reality for every professional designer. As a prospective student of User Experience Design (UXD) at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) you might already have some initial ideas of how to improve your daily life with the use of technology. But what UXD teaches you is to funnel your creativity by putting the end users of your product at the forefront of the designing process.


Felix Kaufman

On working with real clients

Grace Wabbijn

On motivation

Osman Öztürk

On making choices

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UXD is a three-year programme, as opposed to the regular four-year programmes at THUAS. The three-year programme only differs in its study intensity. To enrol for the UXD programme you don’t need to be a budding mathematician or a genius in mechanics. However, you will need a secondary school diploma equivalent to that of higher 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

To begin the 3-year bachelor's degree programme in User Experience Design, you should have a vwo-diploma with the appropriate "profiel".


  • 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 Immediately qualifies 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, you can contact the Central Student Enrolment Office by completing the contact form.
If you don't have the diploma that qualifies your for admission and you will be 21 or older when the new academic year begins, you can take the Admission Test 21+ (Dutch). If you pass this test, you can still begin the degree programme of your choice. The admission test for degree programmes offered at The Hague University of Applied Sciences tests your command of Dutch and English and also includes a programme-specific section.
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 peek at the UXD workshops and lecture rooms.

8 - 9 December 2016

Trial Study Day

Join a UXD class and meet our current creatives and lecturers. This is also your chance to experience how UXD coaches you and your fellow students to become innovative designers. Experience master classes like Project Design for Emotion and Psychology of Experience.


Student for a day

Shadow a current UXD student and experience what it’s like to study at THUAS. You will participate in brainstorming sessions with existing workgroups and attend useful introductory lectures like: Programming Basics and Building Engaging Prototypes. These could help you decide what type of designer you would like to be and how you can exploit your passion for technology.

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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