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The Student SOM surveys

Between 1993 and 2013 the SOM Institute conducted student surveys in order to learn what students thought about education and about society at large. The questionnaire was distributed to the students at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Gothenburg, on a yearly basis.

The main purpose of Student SOM, first performed in 1993, was to learn more about the students' views on their education and the social environment at the University of Gothenburg. The surveys also included questions about the students' backgrounds and why they made the choice to study at the university.

In the beginning, the questionnaires were handed out in connections with regular lectures. Eventually, the SOM Institute started distributing them by post, and during the last years of the survey they were entirely web based. The samples consisted of around 2500 students in their first or their second-to-last semester of a first cycle programme.


The results were presented in an annual report that primarily addresses the students’ perceptions of their education. All annual reports are available (in Swedish) via the SOM Institute’s website.

Survey Information

Ylva Mattsson-Wallinder
Reserch Assistant

46 (0)31 786 1212


Page Manager: The SOM-institute|Last update: 11/27/2014

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