one survey - for all

The student survey for higher education institutions

This nationally representative student survey combines various student surveys that were previously conducted separately under one roof: the Social Survey (Sozialerhebung, since 1951), the Student Survey (Studierendensurvey, since 1982), EUROSTUDENT (since 2000) and Studying with Impairments (beeinträchtigt studieren, since 2006). This has the advantage of reducing the survey density at higher education institutions; at the same time, it provides a representative data basis for educational reporting and research. Higher education institutions are the central partners for the success of the survey. For this large-scale student survey, it is necessary to invite every third student to take part in the survey online in the summer semester of 2021. In order for this project to succeed, we rely on your support, especially when it comes to approaching students.


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    In the future, the nationwide student survey will take place every four years. It covers a broad range of topics, from the social and economic situation (formerly known as the social survey), to health impairments of students, to challenges and general conditions in the course of studies, to career prospects and social values. The long-standing expertise of the participating institutions (DZHW, DSW, AG Hochschulforschung of the University of Constance) allows for a comprehensive and time-comparative examination of the topics relevant to students, higher education institutions, politics and science.

    The benefit for participating higher education institutions lies in the exclusive access to the data collected at your institutions, which can form the basis for study organization and evidence-based quality management, among other things. In addition, you will have access to the project-related publications (educational reporting). At the same time, researchers at your institutions can use the data for their own research purposes (Research Data Centre).

    The results are highly relevant for society, science, business and politics. For this reason, the study is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and supported by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) and the German Rectors' Conference (HRK).