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National Student Survey


The National Student Survey (NSE) is a national survey in which tens of thousands of students voice their opinion about their degree programme. The UG takes part in this survey.

Each year, students are sent a link to the survey via their student email in January-March.

Your opinion matters

We use your opinions to improve the quality of teaching and facilities. These improvements take place in various ways and at various levels: at the national level, per university, per faculty, per degree programme and, where possible, per track.

The results of the NSE are also a valuable source of information for secondary school pupils and prospective students. They are published on, for example, and in the Keuzegids and Elsevier higher education guides to help students and prospective students to compare degree programmes before making their choice.

How it works

You will receive a link to the survey via your student email. The questionnaire will take about 15 minutes to complete.

Win a great prize and support CoCoST for better protection of wildlife and nature. To thank you for your participation,

During previous NSE editions, the Ubbo Emmius fund donated €0,25 to CoCoST for every student who completed the NSE. Next to that, all students taking part in the NSE stand a chance to win prizes. Last year, prizes were:

      1 x one year free tuition (worth €2,209)
      1 x Apple MacBook Air (worth € 1,129)
      4 x Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones (worth € 380)
      3 x Logitech mouse and keyboards (worth € 218)
      400 x vouchers (worth € 25)

*If you pay University fees, the raffle prize is a discount.

How will the results be used?

Once the results have been compiled, the UG will study the issues that have been flagged up. The results will be analysed and discussed by UG and faculty managers, advisory committees, degree programme managers, quality coordinators, and students and staff from the programme committees and the participation councils. This cycle ensures that all of the issues raised by students are included when determining the points for improvement.

Some of these points for improvement can be taken on board fairly swiftly, such as spreading the student workload more evenly across the academic year, or adjusting the number of tests. Other improvements may take longer. Preparing students for the employment market, for example, is an important long-term theme, and we are working with Career Services to improve the transition from studying to a career. We also use the results to assess what is going well and should therefore be continued.

What is the NSE?

The NSE (National Student Survey) is a large-scale national survey in which students share their opinions on their degree programmes. The NSE is carried out by Studiekeuze123 on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, in collaboration with educational institutions. This provides a large base, making it an effective tool.

Stichting Studiekeuze123 is an initiative of student organizations ISO and LSVb and the umbrella organizations the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the Dutch Council for Training and Education (NRTO). The survey is carried out by an external research agency. For more information, go to

NSE privacy statement

Taking part in the NSE involves processing some of your personal data. The UG takes the utmost care when dealing with personal data. Any information that you fill in will be analysed and processed in confidence. Your answers will not be linked to you as an individual student when the results of the NSE are reported or distributed within the UG or for the purpose of national comparisons. All of the results sent to the UG will be anonymous so that none of your answers can be linked to you personally. Lecturers, for example, will not be able to find out what you have filled in. Read more about how your data is used in the NSE privacy statement (2023).

Results of the 2023 NSE

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