This project allows students from the USOS partner institutions to enter into a dialogue with each other about a topic related to sustainable development. The most inspiring correspondences are published on this blog.

A new call for participants will be launched in October 2021

How it works

You apply online (currently closed) and wait for your pen friend to be announced. You will first have the opportunity to get to know your pen friend in an informal way, after which the actual correspondence starts, the aim of which is to arrive at a publishable text. A tutor will be assigned to you to help you in this process. Tutors are affiliated with any of our partner institutions.

The project consists of four rounds:

  1.          Round 1: Participant X starts the correspondence with an analysis/opinion on the submitted topic (700 to 1.000 words)
  2.          Round 2: Participant Y replies with his/her own analysis/opinion from his/her own perspective on the topic (700 to 1.000 words)
  3.          Round 3: Participant X replies (200 to 500 words)
  4.          Round 4: Participant Y replies for the second time (200 to 500 words)
​Visit our blog to see the already published correspondences