For university students, when it rains, it pours…

Buzás Boglárka | 2022-10-28
As a university or college student, you are likely to experience how expensive it is to study. You may have wondered whether, if you had been born somewhere else, or if you had started your studies outside your home country, it would have been "less painful" to get a degree. We investigated what the statistics say.

What have we worked with?

The data come from the results of the seventh sampling period of the Eurostudent survey. The project ran from 2018 to 2021 and students from 24 European countries took part in the questionnaire, so the survey sometimes reflects the effects of the crisis felt during the period of the pandemic. The results have been processed in a number of studies, which are available on the relevant EU websites.


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For whom does it pour, when it rains, and to what extent?

It is no surprise that students from different geographical, economic and political backgrounds have different levels of financial burdens. The Swiss and Swedes are in the best position, with more than 60 percent of them feeling absolutely no financial problems. By contrast, in Turkey, the proportion of students who have serious or moderate financial difficulties is higher than 80 percent. After Switzerland and Sweden, students in Austria and Portugal have the best financial situation.

Hungary “matches” the European average in terms of students who are perceived to be in very serious financial difficulties (25%), but has a slightly higher proportion of students in moderate difficulties (30%) than the average (28%). Unfortunately, Hungary is one of the countries where the proportion of students in poorer financial circumstances has increased between the sixth and seventh sample, i.e. over the years. But the situation is similar, although to varying degrees, in the Czech Republic, Finland, the Netherlands and Turkey.

All in all, we can say that it is not easy in almost any country to get a degree, especially if you do not have a family behind you, who can support you (financially too).


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