About the NSE

What is the National Student Survey?

The National Student Survey (NSE: Nationale Studenten Enquête) is a nationwide survey on student satisfaction. Every year, almost all students in Dutch higher education are invited to participate and give their opinion on their course programme and their university or university of applied sciences. Every NVAO-certified university or university of applied sciences can be a part of the Survey.

In recent years, massive numbers of students have participated in the NSE. All of the ratings can be found per course at the course pages at Studiekeuze123.nl (information is in Dutch).

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Why take the National Student Survey?

Student ratings give unique insights into students’ satisfaction with their higher education programmes. These insights are a great tool for prospective students looking for their degree programme. Who better to rate a programme than the students who are already enrolled?

Student ratings are also used to improve course programmes. These ratings help universities and universities of applied sciences pinpoint their exact areas for improvement.

Objective information about institutes of higher education and their course programmes can be used to improve the quality and tranparency of Dutch higher education. Based on this assessment, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the student organisations LSVb and ISO and the Dutch institutes for higher education have assigned Studiekeuze123 the task of organising the National Student Survey.

National Student Survey subjects

The NSE consists of a questionnaire asking students to rate various aspects of their course programme and institution. All students who participate are asked about the following aspects of their experience:

  • General satisfaction
  • Content and organisation of teaching
  • Connection to professional practice/professional career
  • Teachers
  • Guidance/counselling
  • Examination and assessment
  • Engagement and contact
  • Studying with a support need

In addition, institutions can choose to add questions on the following subjects to their questionnaires:

  • Skills - general
  • Skills - scientific skills
  • Skills - practical research
  • Programme schedules
  • Study load
  • Group/class size
  • Internships
  • Challenge and commitment
  • International aspects
  • International students
  • Structure and cohesion of the study programme
  • In-depth learning
  • Reflection
  • Remote learning
  • Study facilities
  • Participation
  • Equal treatment
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Art programmes

Student ratings are published annually and are searchable by course programme at Studiekeuze123.nl.


Do you have any questions about the National Student Survey? Please look at the Frequently Asked Questions or send us an e-mail at student@nse.nl.


The National Student Survey is organised by Studiekeuze123. Research is carried out by the Dutch research institute MWM2.

Studiekeuze123 is the result of a cooperation by the Dutch Ministry of Education, the student organisations LSVb and ISO, umbrella organisations the Association of Universities (Universiteiten van Nederland), Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen) and the Dutch Council of Training and Education (NRTO). Studiekeuze123 is wholly funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

‘Nationale Studenten Enquête’ is a registered trademark of Studiekeuze123.