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The main aim of the EUROSTUDENT project is to collate comparable data on the social dimension of European higher education. It focuses on the socio-economic background and on the living conditions of students, but it also investigates temporary international mobility. The project strives to provide reliable and insightful cross-country comparisons.


The Institute of Philosophy and sociology implemented the project's rounds II, III, V and VI. The Institute ensured state of the art data collection and processing.

What is Eurostuent?

EUROSTUDENT is a network of researchers as well as data collectors, representatives of national ministries and other stakeholders who have joined forces to examine the social and economic conditions of student life in higher education systems in Europe.

The beginning of EUROSTUDENT goes back to the 1990s. In 2016, the sixth round of the EUROSTUDENT project started with 28 participating countries (shown as participants in the map) from a broad geographical spectrum. The participants reach from Iceland in the north all the way to Turkey in the south and from Portugal in the west to Georgia in the east. This means that EUROSTUDENT data covers a large part of Europe.

What is the need?

The work of EUROSTUDENT is based on the conviction that cross-country comparisons facilitate learning about strengths and weaknesses or simply idiosyncrasies of national higher education systems and — thereby — help countries to see their own higher education system in a new light. The project therefore strives:

  • To provide a broad policy-relevant cross-country comparison of data on the social dimension of European higher education.
  • To support countries in their efforts to use the insights from the international comparison to review and improve the social dimension of higher education in their country.
  • To assist in capacity building in order to establish policy-relevant and robust national monitoring structures for the social dimension of higher education.

The EUROSTUDENT data set covers all aspects of student life. It focuses on the socio-economic background and on the living conditions of students, but also investigates temporary international mobility, students’ assessment of studies and their future plans.

Where can I find the results?

The findings of the EUROSTUDENT project are made publicly available in various formats:

  • 2017 Synopis of indincators
  • Synopsis of Indicators (PDF): This report is the central product of the EUROSTUDENT project. It adopts a broad, comparative perspective on the topics being analysed.
  • National Reports: Most national teams publish national reports. These offer in-depth analyses of students‘ social and economic conditions within a specific country.
  • Intelligence Briefs: Intelligence Briefs are short, stimulating documents presenting information and interpretive help on specific topics covered in the EUROSTUDENT data set.
  • EUROSTUDENT database: This is a publicly accessible online database containing all of the data gathered from the national contributors. It can be used by researchers and policymakers as well as the interested public.

Latest publications based on EUROSTUDENT data:

Information brochure on EUROSTUDENT VI (PDF, in English).

More about the project:


EUROSTUDENT VI participating countries
Added: 23.02.2017     Last changes: 18.07.2019
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