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 15th of August. Together with 12-15 other first years students you will explore Groningen, guided by senior students.


Monday the 15th of August

  • 10:00 - 16:00u Registration Day - Broerplein »

    Registration Day

    10:00 - 16:00

    Registration Day

    On Monday the 15th of August the KEI-week will start with the Registration Day. In the Academy Building you need to finalize your sign-up 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 sign-up 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.


  • 10:00 - 17:00u Information Market - Vismarkt »

    Information Market

    10:00 - 17:00

    What’s a better way to start your KEI-week than with all the information you need about your new life in Groningen? Exactly! That’s why after the Registration Day, the Information Market will take place at the Vismarkt. Over 100 organizations will be present to give you information about all of the opportunities and activities you can do besides your study. Maybe you are interested in a student association, you might have the ambition to participate in a political organization, or you just want to look around, this is all possible. Do not miss it and come to the Information Market!


  • 15:00 - 17:00u Welcome - Huize Maas »


    15:00 - 17:00

    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 Huize Maas nearby the Information Market. 


  • 12:00 - 17:00u Sit and See - Vismarkt »

    Sit and See

    12:00 - 17:00

    Besides the Registration moment and the Information Market, you can also enjoy the Sit & See. Go Grab one of the waiting convertible busses and take an introductory tour through Groningen, showing you all its remarkable features and later locations of KEI events. During the tour a tour guide will provide you with information about the different locations and the history of the city. The starting point for the Sit & See is at the A-kerk (the big church), next to the Information Market.

  • 17:00 - 19:30u Dinner with your KEI-groepje - »

    Dinner with your KEI-groepje

    17:00 - 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.

  • 20:00 - 01:00u The Grand Opening - Grote Markt »

    The Grand Opening

    20:00 - 01:00

    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 16th of August

  • 11:30 - 13:00u KEI-picnic - Stadspark »


    11:30 - 13:00

    On Tuesday the 16th 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! 

  • 13:00 - 17:00u KEI to your Future - MartiniPlaza »

    KEI to your Future

    13:00 - 17:00

    Do you want to get the most out of your study time? Then KEI to your Future is the perfect event for you! Besides the presence of people from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the University of Groningen, you will have the chance to visit different lectures about joining activities next to your study. Themes such as studying effectively, planning, career opportunities and finding a good combination between study and secondary activities are treated during KEI to your Future. Several workshops will be given on topics such as presenting, applying for jobs and debating. You can also relax and enjoy the music in the lounge area. So do you want to be well-prepared when you begin your study? Then drop by KEI to your Future and get inspired!

  • 20:00 - 21:30u KEI-parade - City center »


    20:00 - 21:30

    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.

  • 21:00 - 01:00u Night of the Songs - Grote Markt »

    Night of the Songs

    21:00 - 01:00

    During the Thursday evening you will be able to experience the biggest karaoke event of Europe on the Grote Markt! All of the classics are sure to be heard, sung by Groove Department and others. The lyrics of the greatest hits will be projected onto the big screens next to the stage, so that you can sing along to them all.

Wednesday the 17th of August

  • 13:00 - 18:00u Sportplaza - Sportscentre ACLO »


    13:00 - 18:00

    After an evening of partying on the Grote Markt, on the Wednesday gives you the chance to see if you can do your favourite sport in Groningen. At the Sportplaza over 50 sport associations are present to inform you of all the different sports you can do in Groningen. Furthermore, you can also participate in different sport workshops and clinics. Make sure not to forget you sport clothes, there are plenty of changing rooms.

  • 20:00 - 23:00u More to Explore - Broerplein, Harmoniegebouw & Vismarkt »

    More to Explore

    20:00 - 23:00

    After being active all day you can continue on to the More to Explore, the new event of this year. 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 like cabaret and bands. Along with your KEI-group you can learn and explore a lot of funny, nice and new things.

  • 22:00 - 01:00u Pub Crawl - City center »

    Pub Crawl

    22:00 - 01:00

    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 18th of August

  • 14:00 - 19:00u Open Air Festival - Stadspark »

    Open Air Festival

    14:00 - 19:00

    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 two stages, 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.

  • 17:00 - 22:00u Eat & Greet - »

    Eat & Greet

    17:00 - 22:00

    After the Open Air Festival there is the opportunity to have a quick look inside the different student associations during the Eat and Great. This includes the bigger student organizations, but also some of the cultural, political and sport associations. Are you considering to join an association and/or do you still have some doubts? Then this event is perfect for you. For no more than €5 the student associations give you the opportunity to join them for dinner and invite you to take a look inside their organization. Whether you decide on joining an association or not, we all need to eat, so you might as well join for the cheap food and great atmosphere!

  • 22:00 - 01:00u Outdoor Cinema on the Vismarkt - Vismarkt »

    Outdoor Cinema on the Vismarkt

    22:00 - 01:00

    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 19th of August

  • 13:30 - 17:00u Love, Lust and Lounge - Cinema Pathé »

    Love, Lust and Lounge

    13:30 - 17:00

    The last day activity of the KEI-week revolves all 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. In addition, relaxation will also play an important role during the day with plenty of lounge areas so that you are fully charged for the Final Party!

  • 21:00 - 04:00u Final Party - MartiniPlaza »

    Final Party

    21:00 - 04:00

    The Final Party is the last event of the KEI-week. In order to finish the week properly, we have pulled out all the stops and made this the biggest event of the week. There is literally no better way to finish the KEI-week than with the Final Party. During the party major artists will perform in different areas of the MartiniPlaza. Check out the poster below to see the lineup! For transportation to the Final Party busses available, these will drive between 21:00 and 00:00 between the Grote Markt and MartiniPlaza.

    If you're a KEI-participant, entry to the Final Party is free! For students who don't have a KEI-wristband it is possible to buy tickets online for just €10. You can buy tickets for the final party here.



  • 03:00 - 06:00u After-party - Kokomo Beach Club »


    03:00 - 06:00

    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!