Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Spring 2024
    February 12, 2024 to July 12, 2024
  • Fall 2024
    September 2, 2024 to December 20, 2024


Brianna Brown

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning, Human Ecology


Opportunity Description

DEA students can study at the Faculty of Industrial Design at the TU Delft in the Spring semester.

What is Unique about this Opportunity?

The department of Industrial Design houses the disciplines of ergonomics (human factors) and design (‘formgiving’). The emphasis of both these disciplines is on the interaction between user and product. Key aspects are the expressiveness of products, usability and aesthetics, the meanings that product forms have for their users, and the place of design and designing in a socio-cultural context. The department incorporates the above elements into both research and education.

TU Delft has a wide range of research facilities. These facilities are unique in the Netherlands and are used to conduct research for business and industry. They range from wind tunnels, a chip facility, high-voltage laboratory and nuclear reactor to serious gaming and product evaluation.

Taught in English, the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) offers an extensive range of courses in English, such as:

Design and Experience

Research and design

PO3, Fuzzy front end

Strategic Product Innovation

Cross Media Interaction Design

Design and Cultural Impact

Design Visualization


Video for Designers

Creating in Project Teams

Design Drawing for Erasmus and Adaptation

What is Unique about Delft, the Netherlands?

Delft is an hour's train ride south of Amsterdam. The small city, approximately 100,000, has a beautiful historic town center filled with tree lined canals, peaceful walkways and medieval churches. Birthplace of Vermeer and home of Delftware, blue and white painted pottery originally produced for the Royal family. Over one million visitors a year flock to this lovely town. The University campus Mekepark is consists of modern buildings in a park-like setting.

Student accommodation is not available on campus at TU Delft, but arranged by the university in cooperation with the DUWO housing corporation (DUWO). DUWO can provides international students with shared accommodation in a flat with other students, where students have their own bedroom, a shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, internet access and usually a washing machine. Furnished private apartments are also available (with their own kitchen and bathroom facilities). All accommodation is situated within three kilometers of the university.

Rents vary depending on whether you have a private unit or accommodation with shared facilities. The rent covers gas, water, electricity, internet connection and municipal taxes. You will receive more information about how to apply for DUWO housing after you have been admitted (

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How do I apply?

Applying to study on an exchange program is a two-step process. The Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit your nomination to the exchange partner.  Exchanges may have limited spaces, so early applications are encouraged.

  1. For Cornell approval and nomination, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by your college and the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page, or earlier, if filled.
  2. Once nominated by Cornell, complete an external application specifically for exchange students Schools typically admit the students nominated by exchange partners, but you must complete this process for them to review your application and offer you a place.