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Student Survey for Germany

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The Student Survey “one for all” has begun

The largest student survey that has ever been carried out in Germany started on 4 May 2021. Altogether approximately one million students, randomly selected by their universities, are invited to take part in the online study. The purpose of the survey is to gain an insight into the students’ social and financial situation and their everyday student life. Thanks to the large number of participants, even small groups can be depicted and regarded as representative. This applies to, for instance, students who have a child or students suffering from health impairments, students in extra-occupational courses of study, without university entrance qualification from school as well as to international students.

Who can participate and how?

A third of the students are randomly selected by their own university and invited, by an email sent to their university email address, to participate in the online survey. In Bavaria, the survey will take place from 7 May until the end of August 2021. After an intensive period of processing the data, the first results can be expected in 2022.

What does “one for all” mean?

The survey is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) and combines several surveys that have up to now been carried out individually in one single one, thus the name. The survey is carried out by the DZHW (German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies). The “Student Survey in Germany” provides an extensive and differentiated picture of the situation of students in Germany.

The Student Survey in a few words:

  • It is the most important and largest student survey carried out in Germany.
  • It provides an important data basis for making decisions for German politics as well as for universities and Studierendenwerke.
  • It is a central part of educational monitoring in Germany; the data complements official statistics, containing information that no other source supplies.
  • Due to the large number of students questioned, it also takes account of small groups of students often overlooked by the usual surveys, for example, students with children or students suffering from health impairments, students in dual or extra-occupational courses of study, students without university entrance qualification from school, international and non-traditional students.
  • It is sensitive for questions regarding diversity, social inequality and gender identity.


More information is available on the survey’s official website:

... as well as on the social media channels of the study: