The Eurostudent Project
The main aim of the EUROSTUDENT project is to collate comparable data on the social dimension of European higher education. It focuses on the social and economic conditions of student life and also investigates temporary international mobility. The project provides reliable and insightful cross-country comparisons.
The Eurostudent project is currently on its eighth iteraction of the survey with 30 countries participating (Ireland has participated in all previous rounds since 2000). The survey is co-ordinated in Europe by the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW).
The survey is a valuable source of data to inform policy making at national and international level. These include data on a number of issues that affect Irish students such as commuting patterns, accommodation, income, expenditure and student well-being.
On this page you can find Eurostudent reports, details of the current survey, and links to online Eurostudent resources.
Eurostudent Online Resources
There are many online resources for those interested in Eurostudent.
First is the Eurostudent website, www.eurostudent.eu.
Then you can follow the main Eurostudent Twitter or our own Irish Eurostudent Twitter! Eurostudent run many EurostudentTalks which are free of charge to register for. Check out Twitter for more details.
An interactive dashboard is also available online where you can compare countries and answers to the different survey questions.
The Eurostudent 8 process is currently underway, with findings expected in 2023. The most recent report on Eurostudent is the Eurostudent VII report.
Findings of Eurostudent VII Report (2019)
The Eurostudent VII report has revealed that the number of students at Irish higher educational institutions has steadily increased and that there is now a higher proportion of female students attending Universities or Associate/Affiliate Colleges than men.
Ireland is one of 30 countries which participated in the Eurostudent VII survey in April/May 2019 and this report provides results from almost 20,000 students attending higher education institutes in Ireland.
Its key findings include:
· The proportion of students studying at Irish higher education institutions has steadily increased in recent years – since the last Eurostudent report in 2016, the numbers of students enrolled has increased by 3.8%;
· At undergraduate level, 52% of full-time students and 54% of part-time students are female. At postgraduate level for full-time students, this rises to 58% and for part-time students to 55%;
· Students report high levels of feeling that they ‘fit’ into higher education and appear to have few doubts that higher education was the right choice for them;
· Student satisfaction with the quality of teaching and the facilities of their institutions is high;
· 74% of students have experienced at least one form of difficulty during higher education. The most common being difficulties due to the standard of work in their programme, followed by financial difficulties.
HEA CEO Dr Alan Wall said this report provides a wealth of internationally comparable demographic, economic and social data.
“Over the last five years, the Irish higher education sector has made remarkable progress in expanding opportunities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with overall enrolments increasing by 11% during this time period,” he said.
Eurostudent Reports Ireland
Eurostudent reports can be found on the right hand side of the page.