Every third year, a large international study of student living conditions, under the name Eurostudent is conducted. In the latest survey, 27 countries, including Norway has participated.
The Norwegian part of the Euro Student V was conducted among a representative sample of 8,000 Norwegian students in the autumn of 2013, over 3,400 students responded to the survey, yielding a response rate of 44 percent. e.
The study provides a very comprehensive data based on the social dimension of studies in higher education. Main topics of students’ social background, how quickly they complete education, their income, living conditions, time spent on study and paid work, satisfaction in education, international mobility and living conditions of vulnerable groups.
New figures from the Euro Student V shows that Norwegian students who do not live at home with their parents, spent 29 hours a week for their studies. These figures apply to all students who lived at home with their parents. This is the exact same time distribution as in previous Euro student survey from 2010.
More on Paid Work
At the same time Norwegian students seem to spend more time on paid work than before. The number of hours has increased by three hours, from 12 hours in 2010 to 15 hours a week in the latest survey. The scope of employment appears to have been relatively high among the students. The figures, however, include both full-time students and part-time students. About 20 percent of students reported that they were part-time students.
Norwegian master students work mostly in the Nordic countries
The Norwegian master students spent 34 hours a week of study. This is slightly less than the Swedish and Danish students, who spent respectively 37 and 35 hours in their studies. The differences between the Norwegian and Swedish students are so small that it is uncertain whether it is statistically significant. The Finnish graduate students spent the least time on studies, 29 hours. German and French masters students studying as much as the Norwegians.
Less Income disparity
Another striking detail about Norway is the income disparity among the students. As seen from the figure, the disparity of students’ income differs greatly across the EUROSTUDENT countries.
On the one hand, in the Netherlands, Germany, Malta, Denmark and Switzerland, resources are distributed relatively evenly among the student population. On the other hand, in Estonia, Ireland, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Latvia, the concentration of income is quite high. Norway is in the middle of the scale interms of income distribution.