The Student Social Survey is a survey of students in Austria that has been conducted at regular intervals since the 1970s. The research group "Higher Education Research" conducted the most recent survey during summer semester 2015. More than 47.000 students at state and private universities, universities of applied sciences and university colleges of teacher education participated in the survey 2015. Similar surveys are also carried out at regular intervals in other countries in Europe. The international comparison data are used in the Bologna Process and by international organisations like the EU.
Since most of the information collected through the Social Survey is not otherwise available, the report is an important information basis for higher education policy. The objective of the survey is to be able to provide an overview of the study situation and living conditions of different groups of students, e.g. first-year students, students on Bachelor, Master’s or Diploma programmes, Doctorate/PhD students, working students, students with children, older students, students with health impairments or foreign students.
The 2015 survey results are published in the 'Report on the Social Situation of Students' (all reports are available in German only):
- Materialien zur sozialen Lage der Studierenden 2016. Bericht eingereicht vom Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft (pdf)
Additional reports based on data from the Student Social Survey 2015 (all reports are available in German only):
- Students with health impairments (Zur Situation behinderter, chronisch kranker und gesundheitlich beeinträchtigter Studierender)
Additional information on the survey and more results are available on the project website www.sozialerhebung.at