FAQ National Student Survey

The National Student Survey (NSE) is a large-scale nationwide annual survey that invites nearly all students in higher education to give their opinion about their educational programme. Virtually all universities of applied sciences and all universities in the Netherlands partake in the NSE.

  • What are the questions in the NSE about?

    The NSE asks students to give their opinion about many different aspects of their educational programme: the programme’s curriculum, acquired skills, career preparation, lecturers, information provided by the programme, study facilities, assessment, timetables, study workload and student guidance.

  • What are the results of the NSE used for?

    Your opinion will help the University of Twente to improve the quality of our education for both our current and prospective students. The student assessments in the NSE are a vital source of information for the website Studiekeuze123.nl, and they are also used as an important source for the Elsevier programme guide and the Keuzegids Universiteiten.

    Within UT, each programme analyses the results in order to make improvements. Across the UT itself, measures for improvement are put in motion for issues that transcend individual programmes, including academic schedules, study facilities and accommodation.

    Based on the results of the NSE, several measures have been taken, such as decreasing the number of examinations in bachelor-level education (TOM-model). The number of project rooms and study rooms has also increased in recent years. Additionally, a student pool, called Student Minds, was created in collaboration with students, to allow them to think along with the UT regarding improvements, as well as new plans with respect to education and student facilities.

  • How can I participate in the NSE?

    You will receive an invitation to participate in the survey by email in mid-January, including a personal link to the survey. On www.nse.nl, you can request a personal login code using the ‘lost link tool’. The code will be sent to you by email. Alternatively, you can contact us at student@nse.nl. The NSE is conducted annually, from mid-January to mid-March.

  • Who conducts the NSE?

    The NSE is the responsibility of Stichting Studiekeuze123. Stichting Studiekeuze123 was founded by The Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, NRTO, VSNU, and the student organizations ISO and LSVb. The survey is conducted by research firm GfK.

  • When are the results available?

    The National Student Survey takes place every year. The results of the NSE will become available in June each year, via www.nse.nl/online (published in Dutch).

  • How long does it take to complete the NSE?

    Completing the questionnaire takes about 10 to 20 minutes. You can give your opinion about many different aspects of your educational programme.

  • What do I get for completing the NSE?

    Completing the questionnaire helps the University of Twente to improve the quality of education. In addition, you become eligible to win a variety of prizes, including six months’ worth of tuition fees (EUR 975.50).

Are my data being treated confidentially?

Student information is treated confidentially by both Studiekeuze123 and research firm GfK at all times. The contract that participating institutions signed states that the institution shall treat all information confidentially.

The NSE is conducted in accordance with the Dutch Law on Privacy (Wet Bescherming Persoonsgegevens). The Survey has been registered with the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College Bescherming Persoonsgegevens), reference number 1573217.

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