Loneliness (international) students

Leerking loneliness young people

How can we, together with those concerned, ensure that (international) students feel less lonely (Post Corona)? It hardly needs explanation that this question is relevant. During the Corona pandemic, it turned out that not only the elderly felt lonely, but also young people - especially if they are here from another country as a student or PhD candidate. All kinds of initiatives have been developed for that target group, but rarely with them. To prevent them from being left out the next time, we want to tackle this issue with that target group.

Over this one challenge

Learning circle loneliness young people


This was one of the challenges addressed in the first nano challenge, about 'post-Corona issues'.

Three mixed groups of students worked on it. The solutions they presented can be seen below, both in the form of a 'one minute pitch' and the presentation that the two teams put together.

The presented solutions have been fed back to the client, but have not yet been implemented. Do you find them interesting, or can you contribute to them? No doubt that is possible. Be sure to contact us to check what the options are.

The Results

During nano-challenge # 1, three teams worked on the question of how we can detect loneliness in young people, and what we (with them) could do about it. The three solutions that were devised for this are shown below. In the Talkshow of D'RAN Digitaal, these solutions were also discussed and guests responded to them. You can watch that talk show here.

Team 1 was looking for ways to be able to do something together in these times of Corona, without having to leave your home. They played with the idea of a 'game night', but the idea they worked out was the Saturday afternoon lunch together, where everyone who wants to eat with them receives the same ingredients - and where you prepare and eat the same lunch at the same time via video connection. Having lunch together, but alone. Below you can see the presentation of this team, as well as the video pitch they made.

Team 2 preferred physical encounter, but not only for lonely young people, but for everyone. In their idea 'Come Alone' is central: a call to come somewhere (a 'secret' place), alone, to do an activity there and to meet other people who came alone. Below you can see their presentation and pitch.

Team 3 started from the idea: "Hey, I have that too!" The concept they developed is called 'Same': an app / platform where you get to know online students with similar characteristics or interests, supplemented by a physical place where you can meet. Intended for students who are looking for more contacts and who find it difficult to build a network. How it works? You can see that below.


'Same' app. This can be realized by offering the idea as a project to Computer Science students or as a HBO graduation assignment. As a result, more research is done among the target group and students get the chance to make something tangible. The only obstacles are keeping costs low, the location of the activities and the corona measures.