Social and Economic Conditions of Student Life

57% of students are enrolled in a university (UIT), 33% in a university of applied sciences (UAS) and 10% in a university of teacher education (UTE). The social and economic condition of students differs across types of higher education institutions.

Social and economic situation of students by type of institution, 2016, in %
  Total (all students) UIT students UAS students  UTE students
  % % % %
At least one parent attained higher education degree 43 52 33 26
Students with migration background 30 33 29 18
Students with children 5 4 5 16
Living with parents 40 38 40 45
Paid employment 75 71 78 83
Financial support from familiy 83 89 74 77
With grants or scholarships 12 12 13 9
With study-related dept 12 10 14 14
UIT: Universities
UAS: Universities of applied sciences
UTE: Universities of teacher education
Source: SSEE 2016

The majority of the UIT students (52%) have at least one parent who attained higher education degree. Conversely, the share of students who have at least one parent who attained higher education degree is lower in the universities of applied sciences (33%) and in the universities of teacher education (26%). Regarding housing situation, less than half of students are living with their parents (UIT: 38%, UAS: 40% and UTE: 45%). UTE students work the most (83%) as compared to UIT students (71%) and UAS students (78%).

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