FSD3516 Eurostudent VI: Finland 2016

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  • Statistics Finland

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cost of living, distance learning, educational expenditure, educational grants, employment opportunities, higher education institutions, housing, living conditions, students (college), tertiary education, youth employment

Abstract

The data were collected for the cross-European EUROSTUDENT VI study, forming the Finnish part of the survey. Main themes surveyed included economic circumstances and time use of students, progress in studies, international mobility, and future expectations and plans. The study was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Questions covered the respondents' current programme of study, as well as satisfaction with the current programme and its contents. The survey also charted the respondents' gap years, and qualifications and employment background before enrolling in the current programme. Further questions were asked about the respondents' expectations for getting a job after graduation and the salary they expected to receive a year after graduation. Inquiries were also made about possible postgraduate studies as well as studies abroad, including time as an exchange student.

Living conditions and economic circumstances were studied with questions on housing, as well as monthly income and expenses. The respondents were asked whether they had taken out a student loan or were planning to do so, and which factors had had an impact on their decision. Time use was investigated by asking about paid work done during the semester, factors affecting progress of studies, time spent on studying per week, and whether the respondents had progressed in their studies as planned.

International mobility was investigated by asking about study periods abroad and other issues related to study abroad (funding, expectations, reasons, obstacles).

Personal conditions were further studied by asking the respondents whether they had children and how many, and whether the was anything that hindered their studies (e.g. long-term health conditions, learning difficulties, disabilities). Some questions focused on family background, surveying the education level and social standing of the respondents' parents.

Background variables included, among others, the respondent's age (categorised), gender, language skills, country of birth, field of study, year of study, whether the respondent was a student at a university or a university of applied sciences, and whether the respondent had children. The education level and countries of birth of the respondent's parents were also surveyed.

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