FSD holdings contain a number of data series and individual datasets suitable for research on students and studying.

There are also many datasets that contain individual questions and variables which are potentially useful to researchers of the subject. The data archived at the FSD can be downloaded free of charge from Aila Data Service, according to the conditions set for each dataset.

Please note that below is listed only a sample of all data available at the Data Archive and we encourage you to use keyword search more datasets on the subject on Aila. In addition, datasets suitable for research on the theme may be found from other European data archives by using CESSDA Data Catalogue (Opens in new tab).

Questions and variables of quantitative datasets that have been fielded in English or translated at the FSD can be explored by browsing through Aila variable search. If a quantitative dataset has not yet been translated, you can request a translation free of charge. Qualitative data are only available in their original language. Where applicable, all related materials are freely accessible on the study description page of each dataset.

Datasets on the theme

FSD3484 Vocational School Student Survey 2019
The Vocational School Student Survey (VET Student Survey) 2019 is a total study charting experiences of young people studying in Finnish vocational education institutions. Main themes of the survey included applying for studies, experiences relating to studies and teaching, financial circumstances, plans for the future and working life, and wellbeing and leisure time.

FSD3333 Perceptions of Vocational Education: Ninth-Graders 2018
The survey charted ninth-graders' perceptions and opinions of vocational education and training in Finland. Main themes included, among others, the ninth-graders' plans after completing lower secondary school, perceptions of how general and vocational upper secondary education are appreciated, and opinions on studying.

FSD3273 School Well-being Profile 2017-2018: Lower Secondary School, Grades 7-9
The data examined the well-being of Finnish schoolchildren in grades seven to nine of basic education. The themes of the survey included school conditions, social relations, possibilities of self-actualisation and state of health.

FSD3304 FSD3304 EduMAP: Interviews with Adult Education Policy-Makers and Personnel on the Social Exclusion of Young Adults 2017-2018: United Kingdom
This dataset includes interviews with educational personnel and policy-makers in the adult education sector in the United Kingdom working with vulnerable young adults. The interviews discuss contents of study programmes provided by the organisation, pedagogical approaches, gender equality, life management, social problems, socioeconomic status, and active participatory citizenship. FSD's holdings also include data collected in the nine other EduMAP countries in their respective languages (Finland, Turkey, Spain, Romania, Latvia, Hungary, Greece, Germany and Estonia).

FSD3266 Identity Horizons of Finnish Higher Education Students 2015
This survey studied the identity, values, attitudes, experiences, and expectations of Finnish higher education students between 18 and 24 years of age. The themes of the survey included, among others, self-esteem, personality traits, and local and global identity.

Datasets elsewhere

People interested in finding data on students and studying should also take a look at data available at other data archives around the world.

In Finland, the Language Bank of Finland (Opens in new tab) also provides services to researchers and archives audio and video material. Research data produced in Finland may also be searched via the Fairdata.fi Etsin (Opens in new tab) . Services of various European social science data archives can be accessed through the website of CESSDA (Opens in new tab) . The UK Data Service (Opens in new tab) has, among other things, a wide variety of excellent qualitative data. Another good source of data is the German GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (Opens in new tab) . The extensive holdings of the American ICPSR (Opens in new tab) are also well worth searching.