Every second Danish university student feels lonely

Christian Wenande
August 24th, 2015

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New university students face many hurdles

Almost half of all Danish university students feel lonely to some degree, according to a new survey from the national masters and PhD students association Dansk Magisterforening (DM).

The survey showed that 14 percent of the students said they often felt lonely, 32 percent felt lonely some times and 3 percent said they always felt lonely.

“The transition to university can be chaotic,” Frederik Thordal, DM’s student association head, told Metroxpress newspaper. “Moving to a new city, the pressure to perform and preparing for work life by getting work experience while studying are just some of the challenges students face.”

“Many don’t prioritise their social lives enough, which is a big mistake. The competencies won’t be developed well enough if you don’t communicate with others. It will be more difficult to create networks and get work.”

READ MORE: More students getting private tutoring

Better interaction and activites
The universities and DM are both working to improve at including all students into university life.

Aside from educating tutors to ensure there are also activities for people who don’t engage in drinking and partying, they are also improving the interaction between teachers and students. The University of Copenhagen has set aside 20 million kroner a year to improve the student environment.


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