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20th Social Survey (2012)
Survey Period:
May 29, 2012 - Aug 20, 2012
Survey Data Type:
Quantitative Data
Published at:
Jun 25, 2017
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Data Package ssy20

20th Social Survey (2012) 


Study Series:
German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW)
Sponsored by:
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Project Contributors:
Middendorff, Elke;
Apolinarski, Beate;
Poskowsky, Jonas;
Kandulla, Maren;
Netz, Nicolai
Survey Design:
Survey Data Type:
Quantitative Data
Data Curation:
Daniel, Andreas;
Sarcletti, Andreas;
Vietgen, Sandra
1.0.0 (published at Jun 25, 2017)

Data Package Description

The 20th Social Survey is part of a survey series regarding the economic and social situation of students conducted since 1951 by the German National Association for Student Affairs (DSW) as part of their social survey. The Social Survey is a cross-sectional study which is usually carried out every three years. Key components of the study include access to higher education, structural aspects of the course and progress of studies, the economic and social situation (financing of studies, living expenses, employment, housing conditions) as well as topics in the field of activity of the German National Association for Student Affairs and socio-demographic characteristics. Over the course of the structural reform of the Bologna Process, the proportion of students of “new” courses of study in the sample of the 20th Social Survey has further increased compared to the sample of the 19th Social Survey. The implementation of “G8” in several federal states between 2009 and 2012, which reduced the duration until high school graduation from nine to eight school years, as well as the nationwide suspension of compulsory military service in 2011 allowed for matriculation at a lower age.

Documents related to this Data Package

Data Package

Title Description Document Language DOI File
20. Sozialerhebung. Daten- und Methodenbericht zur Studierendenbefragung 2012  Data and Methods Report on 20th Social Survey (2012)   German link_off ssy20_MethodReport_de.pdf
20th Social Survey. Data and Methods Report on the Student Survey 2012  Data and Methods Report on 20th Social Survey (2012)  English link_off ssy20_MethodReport_en.pdf
20th Social Survey (2012)  Study Overview  English link_off ssy20_Overview_en.pdf


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Quantitative Data, Standardised self-administered survey 
Population: Students with german citizenship and nonmobile foreign students that have been enrolled in a state or state-recognized higher education institution in the summer semester of 2012 (not including public administration colleges, schools for distance learning ... 
Sampling Procedure: Probability Sample: Stratified Sample: Disproportional 
Field Period: May 29, 2012 - Aug 20, 2012
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