The KEI-leaders are the guides of the KEI-participants. They show the KEI-participants what to do and where to go, so they will have an awesome KEI-week! Of course as a KEI-leader you will have an awesome week as well!

You will form a KEI-group with 2 or 3 other leaders and you will guide around 15 KEI-participants around. All the KEI-leaders can be recognized by their KEI-leader t-shirt. Sometimes a KEI-leader will also be called a KEI-mom (KEI-mama) or KEI-dad (KEI-papa).


The KEI-leader subscription for the KEI-week 2019 will take place on Wednesday the 15th of May between 08:00 a.m. and 11.59 p.m. After this subscription a random selection will take place. This means it does not matter at what time exactly you subscribe, so you can do this whenever you have time between 08:00 a.m. and 11.59 p.m.!

As a KEI-leader you have to confirm your registration. You can do this either on the 22th or the 23th of May; the exact time and location will be announced later on. After your confirmation you will participate in the raffle for KEI-leader 2019. Besides, on the 9th of August the KEI-leader training will take place! This training is obligatory, so keep this in mind when you subscribe. After you have been selected

Tips and Tricks

What exactly is a KEI-leader? What are your responsibilities and tasks. How do you take care of your KEI-participants. We will explain it all on this page!

What are the tasks as a KEI-leader

  • Show them how nice it is to be a student in Groningen
  • Visit all the events, also at daytime!
  • Show them as many organisations and associations as possible (they are in the KEI-app and in the program booklet).
  • Show them around in Groningen
  • Wear your KEI-leader t-shirt
  • You’re a KEI-leader the entire week, not only during the program and the parties!
  • Try to create a close group with the KEI-participants. You can for example join multiple challenges at the events, eat together, and go to the parties. This will enhance the group cohesion!
  • You will have supervision over a group of young students. Therefore it’s important be aware of the responsibilities which go along with this. So you’re responsible for the well-being of the KEI-participants, but you’re not responsible for their actions.

Eating at the KEI-leaders

Monday at 17.00 its finally there: your KEI-group will show up at your house and the food and drinks are ready to be consumed! We have something new this year to encourage sustainability: ‘Meatless Monday’. 

How do you take care of such a meeting? When there are around 15 hungry and thirsty people in front of your house the easiest thing to do is to cook some easy food. No inspiration? We have some tips:

  • It’s not always a good idea to order food; it’s quite busy around that time ;). You can cook together or have the diner ready when they arrive.
  • Offer some non-alcoholic drinks as well!
  • Keep in mind that there can also be vegetarians.
  • Let the KEI-participants know that they also have to pay for the food and drinks they consume. Make rules about who takes care of the money or that it’s everybody on their own. In the Netherlands it’s common that everybody gives for example €10 to a KEI-leader (or someone else), and with this money you will do all the activities like buying drinks at the events or eat together.
  • Let everybody introduce themselves
  • Sit between the KEI-participants so they will feel comfortable
  • Exchange phone numbers and make a Whatsapp group
  • Think about where to meet before the Picknick on Tuesday
  • Buy a gadget for the whole group so you can always recognize them
  • When the weather is sufficient, a barbeque is always a good idea!

What do we expect?

  • Don’t push KEI-participants to drink alcohol
  • In case a KEI-participant drunk too much, take care of him/her going home safely. Let them call/app you when they’re home or bring them home safely.
  • Be aware of that there’s more than only drunkenness. Someone could have put something in someone’s drink!
  • If necessary, go to the first aid which is available at all the KEI-events!


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Frequently asked questions for KEI-lopers

When is the KEI-office open in the KEI-week?

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.

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.