What does 'KEI' stand for?
KEI stands for “Kommissie Eerstejaars Introduktie” , which can be translated as “The commission for the introduction of first-year students”. The KEI-week is the general introduction week for all incoming higher education students, both at the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. The KEI-week is the oldest, largest and cheapest introduction week in the Netherlands.
Who organizes the KEI-week?
The KEI-week is organized by the Board of Directors consisting of 7 students. They are supported by the Supervisory Board and, starting in May, the Event Managers assist Board of Directors with their tasks. During the KEI-week 200 KEI-crew members and 900 KEI-leaders are helping to make the KEI-week possible.
When does the KEI-week start?
The KEI-week 2017 takes place from 14th until the 18th of August!
What does the KEI-week cost?
The fee for registration is only €25,-: the cheapest introduction week in The Netherlands! You can also sign-up during the KEI-week, this costs €28,-. When registered, you have access to all events. The KEI foundation will provide coupons that will enable you to buy drinks and meals in bars and restaurants for reduced prices.
Who can sign up for the KEI-week?
The KEI-week is organized for all first year students of the University of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Obstetric Academy Amsterdam Groningen, Stenden University of Applied Sciences and HBO-NL. Pre-Master and Master students are also more than welcome!
Can I recieve a refund if I have paid but choose not to attend at the KEI-week or KEI-hostel/Sleep-in?
It's not possible to claim a refund for any previously paid for 'articles' such as a ticket for the KEI-week or a place to sleep during the KEI-week (KEI-hostel, Sleep in). We advise you to wait with your registration until you are accepted at the university/school. We don't have a maximum of participants for the KEI-week, so you can always sign up online for the KEI-week until the 11th of August. However, we don't have an unlimited amount of places to sleep, so we can't guarantee a place to sleep if you wait too long.
What is the deadline for registration?
Online registration is possible until the 11th of August. During the KEI-week you can also sign up on Monday during the Day Registration. If you are not able to sign up before Monday evening, you can sign up at the KEI-office located at Pelsterstraat 23, during the rest of the week.
Can you join the same KEI-group as a friend?
Yes, it is possible to sign up with a friend for the KEI-week. Mention this in the registration form and you will be placed in the same KEI-group.
Is there a possibility for accomodation if you do not have a room yet?
Through this website it is possible to get a place to sleep during the KEI-week. You can choose to apply for the Usva Sleep-In, for a place at the KEI-hostel or for a student house where you can stay during the week. It is also possible to go to Bud Gett Hostels and get a discount with the code: KEI-WEEK.
The costs differ a lot. You can choose between the Sleep-in at the Usva (€49) and the KEI-hostel (€83,-). For the student houses, there is a maximum price of €25 for the housing and an additional €5 for breakfast.
What does the KEI-week have to offer?
During the KEI-week you get to know all the different aspects of Groningen. The KEI-week provides general information about room rental and student grants. You can also get in touch with sports organizations, student societies and other sorts of associations. Besides all this, there will be a lot of parties and other entertaining activities such as the biggest sing-along event in Europe, the Movie on the Vismarkt and a lot of great workshops.
Can the KEI-week be seen as an initiation?
No, not at all! You should see the KEI-week primarily as something that is just fun to do. It is a week full of information, activities and parties. Signing up for the KEI-week does not mean you are obligated to go to the events. You are free to go wherever you want, and join the events you like.
Where can I find information about the KEI-week?
I'm allergic to certain foods, is it possible to still join the food-related events?
Of course we would still like you to join the food events. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the specifics and we will make sure to arrange something for you!