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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 each year about their degree programme. The UG takes part in this survey.

Your opinion matters

The NSE is an important source of information for the UG. 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.

Fill in the NSE

This is how it works

Each year, students are sent a link to the survey via their student email in January-March. If you lose the link, you can ask for a new link via the NSE website. The questionnaire will take about 15 minutes to complete. Did you take part last year? If so, let your voice be heard again. Your opinion matters to us.

All students taking part in the NSE stand a chance to win prizes. During previous NSE editions, prizes were:

      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)

And the following prizes were raffled among UG students:

      8 x vouchers (worth € 150)
      5 x UG hoodies from the I Shop

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 falls under the responsibility of Stichting Studiekeuze123, 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 (2022).

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