KEI-week 2020

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. 

 

De KEI-week 2020 takes places between the 10th and 14th of August. This year the KEI-week is mostly online. There will be a full afternoon and evening programme for the entire KEI-week in which participants (KEI participants) can participate. Online programme components are made available via an online platform. KEI participants will have access to the platform prior to the start of the KEI-week. In addition to the online activities, the KEI board is also looking at options for a number of physical components. The ultimate progress depends on the measures that are in effect during the KEI-week. During the KEI-week you will be placed in a KEI-group, so you can already get to know some people!

 

The KEI-week is a fantastic week during which you will get to know everything about the student life. No matter where you are from, after the KEI-week you will know Groningen inside out!

 

So will you take part in the best week of your time as a student?

Then register here for this amazing week!

 

Costs

Register before the 1st of July and take advantage of the early bird discount! Until the 1st of July the price of registration is only €7,95! After this date it is still possible to register for the KEI-week. With your registration you get access to the platform before the KEI-week already. Most parts of the KEI-week will take place at the platform.

 

KEI-group

All the participants of the KEI-week, KEI-lopers, are placed in a KEI-group. The groups are paired with 2 KEI-leaders. KEI-leaders are older students who can help you during the whole week with questions about the life as a student. 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 degree programme 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, this is a good choice for internationals who immediately want to meet Dutch students, or vice versa. In addition you can indicate your interests like sports, culture or partying when you sign up the KEI-week, so you are placed in a group with like-minded individuals.

 

The start of the KEI-week

If you enrolled for the KEI-week then you will get access to the platform in the weekend before the KEI-week. That way you have the time to look around and find information about all the student organization. The platform will be accessible via your web browser, but you can also download the application in your app store this app is not available for download at the moment, but it will be).

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

 

History

The concept of the KEI week is already 52 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 University of Applied Sciences (Hanze Hogeschool)  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 Hanze University of Applied Sciences started taking part in the organisation of the KEI week too.

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Frequently asked questions for KEI-lopers

Do I have to be in Groningen during the KEI-week?

The KEI-week will mostly take place online this year. Therefore it is definitely possible to join the KEI-week from home. During the KEI-week you can meet some new friends online and you get to know Groningen. Besides the online activities there might be some physical activities in Groningen depending on the measures due to the coronavirus.

Is it possible for me to change KEI-groups during the KEI-week?

Yes it is. If you want to change your KEI-group for any reason you can contact the OFFICE-crew. To do so, you can call them (050 363 80 90), email them (info@keiweek.nl) or contact them via Whatsapp (+31 6 4422 6680).

If you have found another group which you think is more fun or suits you better? Thats also possible, you’ll will have to contact the OFFICE-crew about your replacement. This is important because we need to know which group you’re a part of in case of an emergency.

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.

When does the KEI-week takes place?

The KEI-week 2020 takes place from 10th until the 14th of August!

What does the KEI-week cost?

Register before the 1st of July and take advantage of the early bird discount! Until the 1st of July the price of registration is only €7,95! After this date it is still possible to register for the KEI-week. With your registration you get access to the platform before the KEI-week already. Most parts of the KEI-week will take place at the platform.

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!