About the NSE

What is the National Student Survey?

The National Student Survey (NSE; Nationale Studenten Enquête) is a nationwide survey researching students’ satisfaction with the higher education course they’re pursuing. Every year, almost all students in Dutch higher education are invited to participate. And every NVAO-certified course programme and degree programme at a 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 at Studiekeuze123.nl.

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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 perfect 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 universities, universities of applied sciences and their course programmes can be used to improve the quality 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.

What is the Nationale Student Survey about?

The National Student Survey (NSE) consists of a questionnaire asking students to rate the following aspects of their course programme and institution:

  • Content of the study programme
  • Skills acquired
  • Preparation for a professional career
  • Teachers and lecturers
  • Information provided
  • Study facilities
  • Testing and assessment
  • Programme schedules
  • Study load
  • Academic guidance/counselling

All of these 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. This independent foundation is the result of a cooperation by the Dutch Ministry of Education, the student organisations LSVb and ISO, the university association (VSNU), and the Dutch Council of Training and Education (NRTO). Research is carried out by the Dutch research institute MWM2. Studiekeuze123 is wholly funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.