The Student Social Survey is a survey of students in Austria that has been conducted at regular intervals since the 1970s. 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 and the OECD.

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 survey results were published in June 2020.

The core topics covered in the survey 2019 were as follows:

  • University Admission and Motives for Studying
  • First-Year Students: Advice and Information prior to Studying
  • Situation for Students: Levels of Satisfaction and Difficulties
  • Student Grants/Financial Aid
  • Employment
  • Living Conditions and Finances
  • International Mobility
  • International Students in Austria
  • Students with Health Impairments/Disabilities
  • Students on Doctorate/PhD Programmes
  • Students with Children