Every year thousands of students can’t wait to start living the student life, and this year you are one of them! The best way by far, to dive into this lifestyle and discover your new city, is by participating in the KEI-week. This amazing week starts on Monday the 14th of August. Together with 12-15 other first years students you will explore Groningen, guided by senior students.
Monday the 14th of August
Registration Day10:00 - 16:00Broerplein
On Monday the 14th of August the KEI-week will start with the Registration Day. In the Academy Building you need to finalize your registration where you will receive the first important things that you will use during the rest of the KEI-week. You can sign-up on Monday until 16.00!
Already signed-up on the website?
To finalize your registration for the KEI-week you must print your E-ticket and the information of your KEI-group. (The E-ticket will be sent by email when you sign-up on the KEI-week website. The information about your KEI-group will be sent just before the KEI-week). On the Registration Day, in the Academy Building, you can go to the “E-ticket row”. When your E-ticket is scanned, you will receive a KEI-wristband that gives you access to the events during the KEI-week. If you do not have a wristband you cannot participate in the events.
Not yet signed-up on the website?
For those who did not sign-up via the website, no worries, as you can still do so during the Registration Day. For these participants there are special rows available, “CASH/PIN rows”. At these lines you can register and pay immediately. After signing-up, you will be placed in a KEI-group, you will receive the information about your KEI-group, and of course get your KEI-wristband.
When you are all signed-up and have gotten your wristband, you will also receive a KEI-bag with all the important things you can use during the KEI-week. In the bag you will find your program booklet, a discount booklet, information about organizations that are interesting for students and much more.
Information Market10:00 - 17:00Vismarkt
This is it! You have registered yourself for the KEI-week at the Registration Day, you’re in a new city full of new people and loads of opportunities. Wondering where to go next? The Information Market is the place you need to be!
The Information Market you can find more than a 100 different representatives from Groningen and its student life, to help you get on your way. The police are around to tell you about getting yourself a safe student room, student associations are there to explain what life can hold outside of your studies, there are also political parties to join and even work opportunities of offer! Come and have a nose round the stalls, and let us show you what Groningen has to offer!
In addition to all this information there is a house-hunt lounge where you can sit down, have a rest and get some help finding a student room. You can also sign up for ‘get a room!’. Who knows, you might end up with a new room as well as new friends at the end of the KEI-week.
Welcome15:00 - 17:00Academiegebouw
Welcome! This event is all about new international students who are going to study in Groningen. You will be welcomed to your new city by volunteers of the KEI-week. They will give you tips that you can use during the KEI-week and during your study! So if you are an international first year student, make sure to visit the Welcome! It will be held in the same building as the Registration Day.
Sit and See12:00 - 17:00Vismarkt
Close to the information market is the hop on hop off sightseeing bus. This open-topped double-decker bus, chauffeured by some joke-ready student tour guides, will show the sights of the city. Step on for a chance to spot the best places to spend your KEI-week and beyond!
In addition, the busses also drive past the locations of many of the events that will take place during the week. Seeing these locations on Monday will help you not getting lost during the week.
Dinner with your KEI-groepje17:00 - 19:30
Before going to the Grand Opening, it is time to meet your fellow group members! You will meet them at the house of one of your KEI-leaders where you will all enjoy dinner together. Your KEI-leaders won’t only show you around on Monday evening, they will stay with you during the whole week to make sure you discover all the ins and outs of the Groningen student life.
The Grand Opening20:00 - 01:00Grote Markt
The last event on Monday is The Grand Opening on the Grote Markt. This is the moment where the KEI-week will truly be opened in a spectacular manner, and the party will get started. During The Grand Opening you will be welcomed officially to Groningen by famous people from Groningen and the board of the KEI-week who make this week possible.
Tuesday the 15th of August
KEI-picnic11:30 - 13:00Stadspark
On Tuesday the 15th of August the day starts with the KEI-picnic. Whilst listening to some music in the background, you can enjoy a restful start to your day with a free picnic in the Stadspark. After that you can go straight to the next event: KEI to your Future!
KEI to your Future13:00 - 16:00MartiniPlaza
Want to be prepared to get the most out of your time as a student? Do you want to combine your studies with work and other interests? Head to KEI to your future. This event aims to help you be the best student (in the widest sense of the word) you can be! This event has workshops on studying effectively, applying for part-time work, being active in life next to your studies and much more.
KEI-parade20:00 - 21:30City center
Are you curious about all of the different student associations that are present in Groningen? After an afternoon full of activities you can go to the city center for the spectacular KEI-parade. The associations will present themselves with beautiful vehicles and great groups of people. This colorful parade will temporarily turn the city center upside down with all its splendor.
Night of the Songs21:00 - 01:00Grote Markt
Tuesday night hosts one of the most entertaining events of the KEI week. Students and locals come together to sing their hearts out to their favourtite tunes. Old classics, new hits, typical Groningen songs, you name it, it’ll be sung at the night of the songs. Don’t worry about knowing the words, these will be available on screens round the podium. Make sure you don’t miss this, the biggest karaoke-event in Europe!
Wednesday the 16th of August
Sportplaza13:00 - 18:00Sportscentre ACLO
After two days of full on partying, it’s time to get your sport on. The Sportplaza is the ideal event to find the sport association you are going to join in Groningen. With 50 different sports on offer, there is sure to be one for you. Don’t forget to bring your sport kit, so you can have a chance to give the many workshops and sport clinics a go. At Sportplaza there will also be a bike sale organized by WerkPro.
More to Explore20:00 - 23:00Oosterpoort
After being active all day you can continue on to the More to Explore. During this event you can do, hear and see a lot of interesting workshops such as DJ workshops, salsa dancing and painting. There are also several acts during this event such as cabaret and bands. Along with your KEI-group you can learn and explore a lot of fun, nice and new things.
Pub Crawl22:00 - 01:00City center
In order to make sure you really feel at home in Groningen, it’s important that you know what the city has to offer at night. That’s why you should join our pub-crawl, where you will be led around many of the most known and also some more unknown pubs and clubs in Groningen. Between 22:00 and 1:00 you and your KEI-group can pick up a route at the information point on the Grote Markt. If you finish the Crawl and have collected a stamp at each bar, you'll receive a nice reward! So don’t miss this amazing chance.
Thursday the 17th of August
Open Air Festival14:00 - 19:00Stadspark
The Open Air Festival is all about dancing, chilling and enjoying yourself. During the day several sustainable activities will be organized, because the Thursday is all about sustainability. The festival takes place at the Stadspark where you will be entertained throughout the day. The festival site has a stage, where DJ’s, several well-known artists and students will show their music and moves. During the festival you can also find lots of information about student associations from Groningen and surroundings. Last but not least, there will also be diverse workshops present in which you can participate or you can simply chill out and relax in the sun.
Eat & Greet17:00 - 22:00
After a whole day chilling at the Open Air Festival, being hungry wouldn’t be a surprise. You have the chance to go to one of many of the associations for dinner. This is a great opportunity to see what an association is like in real life, if you are thinking about becoming a member which can be helpful if you are. A wide variety of food will be on offer, from buffets to barbeques, for no more than 5 euros. Student associations, to sport clubs, to cultural and political groups all open their doors for you, so bon appétit!
Outdoor Cinema on the Vismarkt22:00 - 01:00Vismarkt
Thursday evening the Vismarkt will be transformed into an open air cinema. The open air cinema has been organized for many years during the KEI-week and in the meanwhile has become a well-known concept amongst the citizens of Groningen. Do you want to chill with your KEI-group, enjoy the fresh air with some drinks and watch a movie with thousands of other people? Then don’t hesitate and join the open air cinema at the Vismarkt.
Friday the 18th of August
Love, Lust and Lounge14:00 - 17:00Cinema Pathé
The last activity of the KEI-week revolves around sex, alcohol and drugs. During your student life you will encounter temptations, but you'll also have to learn to deal with those responsibly. But how exactly are you going to do this? By attending lectures and workshops you will be informed about everything. Moreover, relaxation will also play an important role during this day. With many lounge areas we will make sure that you're fully charged for the Final Party!
Final Party21:00 - 04:00Kardinge
The Final Party marks the end of the KEI-week with a bang. Like each year, we will try give everything we got to present you the most fantastic party of the week. In our opinion, there is no better way to end the KEI-week. This year the Final party will take place at Sportcentrum Kardinge. By giving you access to four different dance areas, which each have their own reference to Peter Pan’s Neverland, you will find yourself in a fairy tale you will never forget.
Let’s yourself go in our gigantic silent disco called Black Castle or get down to the guilty pleasure sounds played at Pirate Bay. Perhaps you will find your inner mermaid or merman at the Crocodile Creek and swim the night away. One thing’s for sure, for our biggest acts, you will have to check out the main stage Tiki Forest.
We enable students who are not a participant of the KEI-week to buy a ticket for the Final Party through our website. PLEASE NOTE: a KEI-wristband enables you to get access to all events of the KEI-week. This means that if you are a KEI-participant, KEI-leader or KEI-crewer, you don’t have to buy a ticket for the Final party.
Throughout the night there will be buses who will transport you from the Grote Markt to Sportcentrum Kardinge and back again to the Grote Markt.
Tip: students from the Hanze and University without KEI-week wristbands will be able to buy their own tickets stand-alone tickets.
After-party03:00 - 06:00Kokomo Beach Club
Are you not yet done with all the partying? Then join us for the After-party where you can party until late in the morning!