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'Student Survey in Germany 2021' (SiD)

Take a chance to help improve the situation of all students at German institutions of higher education.
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'The Student Survey in Germany' is the most comprehensive survey of all students in Germany to date. More than one million students at 250 universities in Germany are invited to take part in the survey in the summer semester of 2021.

More than 1,500 students at the University of Jena have already participated! Participation is possible until the end of August.

Survey on study situation at German universities​

'Student Survey in Germany' (“Studierendenbefragung in Deutschland”) aims at achieving a representative description of the situation of all students in Germany. This is an opportunity for you to help improve the situation of all students by sharing your personal educational history.

Important questions at a glance

What is the survey about? Show content

"The Student Survey in Germany" is a nationwide survey on study conditions at German universities that will be conducted every four years, starting in in the summer semester 2021.

This study aims at achieving a representative description of the situation of all students in Germany. This includes particularly the

  • social and economic situation of students
  • different educational, career, and life paths
  • various attitudes, interests, life situations
  • challenges you encounter during your studies (such as studying with kids, mental health and health impairment, diversity and gender aspects).

The University of Jena is participating in this student survey. More than one million students throughout Germany are invited.

Who conducts the survey? Show content

The German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) conducts the survey in a project with the AG Hochschulforschung at the University of Konstanz and the German Studentenwerk (DSW). The invitations to the survey are sent to the students by the participating universities.

Please find detailed information on the survey online www.die-studierendenbefragung.de

Why is my participation in the survey important? Show content

The "Student Survey in Germany" is a newly designed nationwide representative student survey to obtain a realistic picture of the situation of students in Germany:

  • How much money do students need for their living expenses? BAföG could be adjusted accordingly or support programmes be set up.
  • What kind of challenges do students encounter during their studies? Students with children, impairments or with a migration background can they be supported in a targeted manner.
  • What are the reasons students do not continue their studies and consider dropping out? This helps to improve our assistance and support services.
  • What are the general study conditions?  This is an opportunity to improve the situation of all students by sharing your personal educational history.

The survey provides an important basis for national and international education reporting. You can help policy makers, scientists, and higher education institutes to uncover problems students encounter in everyday-life and how improvement can be implemented.

How can I join the survey? Show content

You will receive an e-mail with an access link and password for the online survey. The access-password is randomly allocated. This process makes sure that there are no conclusions possible as to your identity.

The e-mails are sent via the Student Service Centre de of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. The questionnaire is available in German and English.

How long does it take to complete the questionnaire? Show content

It takes about 34 minutes to complete the questionnaire. We try to do justice to the situation of all student groups, therefore the survey duration varies. Most students will finish the questionnaire in 30 minutes, others may need up to 40 minutes. You may also save the results and continue later.

Where do I find the survey results? Show content

Brief summaries of our university's results as well as the detailed results will be published here after the survey is finished.

What happens with my data? Show content

The survey data will be analysed anonymously by researchers of the German Centre for Higher Education and Science Research (DZHW), the AG Hochschulforschung at the University of Konstanz and the scientific community. All applicable data protection regulations are strictly adhered to so that no conclusions can be drawn as to individual response behaviour. In addition to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO), the data protection regulations, which have been co-developed by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sozialwissenschaftlicher Institute e. V. (ASI), are followed.

Contacts

Survey coordinator
Division 1
Claudia Hüttner
Phone
+49 3641 9-411041
Fax
+49 3641 9-411002
Universitätshauptgebäude
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Legal Office
Stefanie Buchmann, Dr
Data Protection Officer
Phone
+49 3641 9-402087
Universitätshauptgebäude, Room 3.58
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW)
Martin Fuchs
Data Protection Officer
Lange Laube 12
30159 Hannover
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