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University Students' Health Studies

The project has ended in 2016.


Cross-national student health study (CNSHS) - a European consortium studying students’ health, behaviours, and health needs in the university setting

In this project we are partner in an European consortium undertaking European-wide research with respect to the health status and the health behaviour of university students, their need for prevention and promotion activities and the structures of the university setting regarding health promoting venues, including cultural differences between the countries.

Partners/collaborators: University of Bielefeld, Germany (coordinator), University of Sofia, Bulgaria, University of Kaunas, Lithuania, Catholic University Lublin, Poland, Navarra Public University, Spain, University of Alicante, Spain, Hacettepe University, Turkey, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Timeframe: January 2005
External funding: Syddansk Universitets Forskningsfond for the 2005 data collection
Contact person at SDU: Christiane Stock (


The SLiCE (Student life perspectives in Europe) study is a cross-national longitudinal study dealing with different aspects of health and health behaviours among university students around Europe in order to identify any needs for intervention programmes that could potentially improve students' health.
SLiCE is a cohort study among first year students and aims at following them for up to 5 years. The aim is to analyse health and health related behaviour as well as life perspectives among university students, and to detect changes in health and health related behaviour over time. Secondly, the aim is to compare health and health related behaviour among university students between the participating European countries.
The study is being conducted from 2010 to 2016 in 13 European countries and includes about 1000 students in each country. Participants are asked to answer an online questionnaire every six months that takes about 20 minutes to complete and questions divides onto the following categories:
  • Psychosomatic complaints
  • Perceived Stress
  • Well being (depressive symptoms)
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Food
  • Body image
  • Dietary behaviour
  • Physical activity
  • Personality
  • Sexuality

Key data for SLiCE:

Students are to be invited along august and September 2011. The study questionnaire is to be launched later in the autumn of 2011 and data are to be collected until autumn 2016.

Network participants:

The following partners are engaged in the SLiCE network:

  • Charles University in Praque, Czech Republic
  • Eötvös Lorànd University, Hungary
  • Hacettepe University, Turkey
  • Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania
  • PJ Safarik University Kosice, Slovak Republic (network coordinator)
  • Public University of Navarra, Spain
  • Rouen University Hospital, France
  • Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria
  • The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
  • University of Amsterdam, Netherland
  • University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • University of Bradford, UK
  • University of Bremen, Germany
  • University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • University of Leeds, UK
  • University of Miskolc, Hungary
  • University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

The SLiCE study is being conducted in the following countries: 

  • United Kingdom 
  • Lithuania 
  • Slovak Republic 
  • Denmark 
  • Bulgaria 
  • Hungary 
  • Spain 
  • Poland 
  • Belgium 
  • France 
  • Netherland 
  • Turkey 
  • Czech Republic

Timeframe: September 2011 - August 2016
Contact person at SDU: Christiane Stock (


The Social Norms Intervention for the prevention of polydrug usE (SNIPE) is a longitudinal study. SNIPE is based on the a social norms approach and the main objective is to develop, implement and test an e-health intervention to reduce use of alcohol and tobacco smoking, prevent use of cannabis, cocaine and synthetic drugs and prevent poly-drug consumption among European university and college students.

Key data for SNIPE:
SNIPE is conducted in cooperation between eight European partners and the German partner work as a coordinator. The study runs from the 1 of March 2011 to the 28 of February 2013 and the intervention is tested in seven European countries. The main objective can be described as follows:

  • To cross-culturally assess and reduce the self reported frequency of the consumption of alcohol and other substances in six European Union countries and Turkey by targeting this group directly and informing as well as university/college staff through a project related website
  • To develop an e-health intervention based on a social norms approach to reduce and prevent the use of alcohol and other substances as well as poly-drug use in students
  • To test the intervention regarding understanding, feasibility and applicability in different countries and settings to evaluate its use for other European countries after the project ends
  • To develop good practice guidelines for an e-health social norms intervention in order to disseminate the project results to the wider scientific community and the general public but also to interested university and college staff wanting to implement a similar intervention

Partners in SNIPE:

University of Bremen, Germany (Project Coordinator)
University of Antwerp, Belgium
University of Bradford, UK
University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
University of Navarra, Spain
University of Leeds, UK
PJ Safarik University Kosice, Slovak Republic
Marmara University, Turkey 

Timeframe: March 2011 - February 2013
External funding:  European Commission, Directorate-General Justice, Freedom, Security 
Contact person at SDU: Christiane Stock, (

Last Updated 22.03.2019