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Adult Education Survey (Eurostat)


Data description

EurostatThe European Adult Education Survey (AES), coordinated by Eurostat, provides data on formal, non-formal and informal education and training, covering a sample of persons from 25 to 64 years of age.

The Adult Education Survey uses a common EU questionnaire, tools and a reporting framework. Education, occupation and economic activity data are harmonised using standard international classifications:

  • Education is classified by ISCED (UNESCO)
  • Occupation is classified by ISCO (ILO)
  • Economic activitiy is classified by NACE (Eurostat).


Time period

2016 AES was carried out in 2016-17, surveying subjects in 33 countries: BE, BG, CZ, DK, DE, EE, IE, EL, ES, FR, HR, IT, CY, LV, LT, LU, HU, MT, NL, AT, PL, PT, RO, SI, SK, FI, SE, UK, NO, CH, MK, BA and RS. The total net sample size for the 33 countries was approx. 240,000 individuals.

2011 AES
was carried out in 2011-12, surveying subjects in 31 countries: BE, BG, CZ, DK, DE, EE, IE, EL, ES, FR, IT, CY, LV, LT, LU, HU, MT, NL, AT, PL, PT, RO, SI, SK, FI, SE, UK, NO, CH and RS. The total net sample size for the 30 countries was approx. 225,000 individuals.

2007 AES (pilot) was carried out between 2005 and 2008, surveying subjects in 29 countries: BE, BG, CZ, DK, DE, EE, EL, ES, FR, HR, IT, CY, LV, LT, HU, NL, AT, PL, PT, RO, SI, SK, FI, SE, UK and NO. The total net sample size for the 26 countries was approx. 183,000 individuals.


Support links


How to access data

Current EUI members can apply to access EU-AES micro data as follows. Please note that the Eurostat application process can take up to two months due to clearing procedures with EU member state statistical agencies. The EUI is a Eurostat-recognised research entity.

  • Complete the Library's Micro Data Registration Form (selecting 'AES' in the dropdown menu)
  • The EUI Researcher - or Principal Investigator in a research team - must create an EU Login to apply for Eurostat micro data access
  • Special note: Eurostat informs that for EUI researchers - it is necessary to use a non-institutional (non-EUI) personal email account for the creation of the EU Login. It is not necessary for all members of a research team to create an EU login; only the person submitting the application.
  • Project applications are made using the online Microdata Access Workflow Tool
  • Before completing the form, consult the Eurostat EU Adult Education Survey description page for details of EU-AES variables, reference years and population
  • The Principal Researcher is normally the Project Supervisor / Professor
  • The EUI Data Manager is Thomas Bourke
  • The names and contact details of all individual researchers on the project must be included in the form. Here the EUI e-mail addresse(s) and contact details are to be used
  • Write to [email protected] for the Research Entity ID number and the description of the EUI's secure data environment
  • After receipt of the micro data access application, the Eurostat technical unit may send preliminary feedback to the Principal Investigator (or to the person who submitted the application, this can be individual researcher)
  • If the application is approved by Eurostat, the applicant(s) must sign and return the Eurostat micro data access contract
  • Eurostat sends the signed application to the EU Member States' statistical agencies for final consultations
  • The applicant(s) must also complete the online EUI Data Registration Form (selecting 'AES' from the dropdown menu) and sign the internal EUI Conditions of Use agreement
  • The Library then provides access to the data.

Eurostat informs that, upon conclusion of the user-contract, no other person is eligible to access the data. Breach of these conditions may lead to the withdrawal of the EUI's research entity recognition, and the potential loss of access to Eurostat micro data by other scholars at the EUI.

The EUI is a Eurostat-recognised research entity.

EU-AES is not available to short-term visitors at the EUI, and is not available off campus.

Member State statistical agencies and Eurostat reserve the right to decline access to EU-AES data.


Metadata support

The GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences maintains the Metadata for Official Statistics Support Portal for European micro data. Detailed metadata and documentation for EU-AES and other micro datasets are available.

The service is part of MISSY - the GESIS Microdata Information System - providing support for users of European micro data.

“MISSY pools a broad spectrum of metadata in one centralised resource. This includes information on series, such as access conditions or details on data collection in participating countries, as well as detailed information on variables such as frequencies, filter information or question wordings... Users can choose between systematic accesses via a series, the variable-over-time matrix which lists the availability of variables in table form or a thematically sorted access to all studies. Additionally selected variables can be visualised in a comparison table.”


Data Citation and disclaimer

Researchers must cite the source of EU-AES data as follows:

"This study/report/paper is based on data from Eurostat, EU Adult Education Survey [reference year(s)]."

The following disclaimer must be added: "The responsibility for all conclusions drawn from the data lies entirely with the author(s)."


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Contact: Thomas Bourke at [email protected]   





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