KEI-week 2019

The KEI-week is the general introduction week for all new first-year students in Groningen. It gives you the perfect opportunity to get to know the city and the opportunities on offer for you in the city, in all the aspects of your life as a student. During your KEI-week it is not mandatory to visit every event, so you can take part in as many or as few of the events as you like!

Dates and costs
The KEI-week 2019 takes place between the 12th and 16th of August. To take part in the KEI-week you have to register, this can happen either online or at the Day Registration on the 12th of August. Signing up online will cost you €25,- and if you choose to do it on the 12th of august €28,-. This price makes the KEI-week the cheapest introduction week of the Netherlands. The ticket gives you access to all the KEI-week events, including concerts, parties and workshops, a free brunch on the Tuesday of the KEI-week, and coupons for discounts around the city. With the ticket you also get a KEI-bag with information all the information you will need to during the KEI-week.

All the participants of the KEI-week, KEI-lopers, are placed in a KEI-group. The groups have 12-15 people and are linked with 2 to 3 KEI-leaders. KEI-leaders are older students who take you to all the KEI-events and show you around the city. You get to know your KEI-group on the first Monday of the KEI-week, when you have dinner together at their house. The idea behind the group is that it is an easy way to get to know people quickly and have people to experience the KEI-week with. You can also choose to be placed in a group with someone you already know. As well as first-year students groups, you can also join an older-years group. This is for students that, for example, already have their bachelor and are starting a new study in Groningen or are transferring to Groningen for a minor. The third group-option is a mixed group, which contains both international students and Dutch students. In addition you can indicate your interests when you sign up the KEI-week, so you are placed in a group with like-minded individuals.

The start of the KEI-week
The KEI-week kicks off on Monday the 12th of August with the day registration. Here you can either confirm your enrollment or sign up for the KEI-week. You will receive your KEI-wristband and KEI-bag here. This wristband gives you access to the all the KEI-week events and the KEI-bag contains a program booklet, coupons and other relevant information.

Would you like to know more about the KEI-week? Read more about its history below!

The concept of the KEI week is already 51 years old. In 1969 new students to Groningen participated in the KEI-week for the first time, all be it in a totally different form from what it is today. There was a growing demand among students to be introduced to the city, which lead to a group of students to set up an organisation to meet the demand. These students organised an introduction period where first years were introduced to the city and their new lives as students. In 1972 a foundation was officially set up to organise this introduction period, the Foundation Commissions First-year Information (Stichting Kommissie Eerstejaars Informatie). This turned into the Foundation Committee for First year Students Introduction (stichting Kommissie Eerstejaars Introductie) in 1993, which is shortened to the KEI foundation.

In the beginning only first years students of the University of Groningen took part in the introduction week, but from 1971 students from the universities of applied science (Hanzehogeschool)  were also welcome. Although this participation was initially minimal, it increased rapidly in the 80s as a result of better cooperation between the universities. Finally, students from the applied science university started taking part in the organisation of the KEI week too.





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Frequently asked questions for KEI-lopers

Is there a possibility for accomodation if you do not have a room yet?

If you have not found a room yet, it is very easy to stay in Groningen during the KEI-week. The KEI organisation offers varied sleeping facilities for which you can register. Make sure to book a place for the he KEI-camping, Usva Sleep-In for the KEI-hostel. In addition to the sleeping facilities of the KEI organisation, there is also the possibility to stay in a student house. Lots of current students in Groningen open their houses as a place to stay for a small price. It is also possible to book an accommodation at the Bud Gett Hostel or The Student Hostel with a discount code.

The costs for the sleeping facilities differ a lot. Look for more information about the sleeping facilities under the heading KEI-week > Sleeping.

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.

I’m allergic to certain foods, is it still possible to join the food-related events?

Of course we would still like you to join the food events. You can report your allergy to your KEI-leaders and during ‘Eat & Greet’ you can inform the student organizations, they will make sure to arrange something for you! During the KEI-picnic there will be a free packed lunch for your whole KEI-group which includes bread, fruit, juice and varied spreads. For more information about the food during the KEI-week, just email to with the specifics of your allergy. We will make sure to inform you and possibly arrange something for you!

I am arriving in Groningen on Wednesday, can I still participate?

You definitely can! Just buy your ticket online via the website and come get your wristband at the KEI-building.

During the KEI-week the KEI-office (Pelsterstraat 23, near the Vismarkt) is open at the following times:

Monday:             09.00h-19.00h
Tuesday:             09.00h-18.00h
Wednesday:       10.00h-18.00h
Thursday:           10.00h-18.00h
Friday:                10.00h-18.00h

You can go there if you have any questions or if you want to buy a ticket after the Registration Day.

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.