PLEASE NOTE: the National Student Survey (NSS) will not take place this year. This has been chosen nationwide because organizing a student survey in times of a corona crisis will most likely not yield valid results. Moreover, the UU is now focusing on organising (digital) education. 

This page will be updated in due course with more information about the National Student Survey (NSS) 2021.

What is the NSE? 
The NSE is a large-scale annual survey that invites nearly all higher education students in the Netherlands to give their views about the various aspects of their learning experience.

What topics does the NSE cover?
The NSE is a wide-ranging survey on the various aspects of your learning experience, such as the content of your degree programme; your teachers; information provision by your programme; learning and study facilities; study load; and assessment and grading.

Why should I take part in the NSE?
The NSE is a key feedback tool for Utrecht University. By taking part in the NSE, you help us improve the academic experience for our current and future students.

When can I complete the NSE?
The survey will be open until 7 April.

On January 29th, an email will be sent to your UU email address with a link to the survey. Tip: complete the survey straight away! You will continue to receive reminders every 2 weeks until you completed the survey.

How long does it take to complete the survey?
The survey takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete and covers all the aspects of studying at Utrecht University: from programme content to available study facilities.

Can I save the survey halfway through and come back to it later?
Yes, you can. You reclick the link and continue where you left off.

Can I complete the survey on my smartphone or tablet?
Yes, you can.

Can I also complete the survey anonymously?
You can select one of two options: 

  1. Giving consent that your answers will be sent to Utrecht University on a detailed level. Data-analysts of Utrecht University will process your answers in order to improve the quality of education.
  2. Giving consent that your answers will only be processed by the research provider. Utrecht University only receives pseudonymous data that has limited usage.

Participation is never anonymous. However, your individual answers will never be shown to teachers and will not be used to your disadvantage.

What should I do if I do not receive an invitation email?
Only those students whose main enrolment is with Utrecht University will be invited to take part in the NSE. Does this apply to you and did the invitation email not get spam-binned? Then go to, where you can ask to resend your personal link. You will be asked for your UU address (which ends with You will receive your personal link to this address. If that also does not work, then please contact

What will Utrecht University do with the NSE results?
Using your feedback, we decide which areas to focus on in the year to come. So by taking part in the survey, you are making a direct contribution to improving the quality of your programme.

What did Utrecht University do with NSE results in former years?

  • As students you rightly attach great importance to a sufficient number of study spots. It is difficult to create more study spaces. We did start a pilot in the exam periods during which only UU-students and -employees could use the study spaces in the university’s libraries. We are also starting a pilot to better inform you of the location of available study spots.
  • You were also less satisfied with the internationalization of Utrecht University, but based on the survey we were not sure why. Therefore, student panels were organized which led to valuable insights. We are now deciding how to follow up on those insights.

For what other purposes are the NSE results used?
The NSE results are used by organisations such as and Keuzegids Hoger Onderwijs to provide programme information to incoming students. The Best Degree Programmes Elsevier Guide is also based on NSE data.

What do I get for completing the survey?
A chance to win:

  • 1 KILROY Travel voucher (value €2.000)
  • 500 Ticketmaster gift cards (value €20) for a concert, festival, show or sporting event

Utrecht University also has a number of prizes, such as:

  • 50-hooded sweaters 'Utrecht University 1636'
  • 50 vouchers for 5x coffee / tea of choice at Gutenberg, Goliath, Lodewijk or Jazzmans

Once all responses are processed, the winners will be selected at random from the list of all participants. Winners will be notified via email.

Who commissions the NSE?
The NSE falls under the responsibility of Stichting Studiekeuze123. Stichting Studiekeuze123 was initiated by the Council for Universities of Applied Sciences, the Dutch Council for Training and Education, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands and the student organisations LSVb and ISO; it thus represents the entire higher education sector in the Netherlands.

Who administers the NSE?
The NSE is administered by research provider Ipsos.

Is participation in the NSE confidential?
Participation in the NSE is confidential. The survey results will never be traceable to you personally and any reports from this survey will not identify any individuals. No reports will be made on groups of fewer than 10 students.

When will the survey results be available?
The NSE 2019 results will be posted via (Dutch) at the end of May 2019.