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-mum (KEI-mama) or KEI-dad (KEI-papa).


The KEI-leader subscription for the KEI-week 2019 will take place on Wednesday the 13th 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. The exact date, 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 your KEI group how nice it is to be a student in Groningen
  • Visit all the events, also during the day
  • Show them as many organisations and associations as possible (they are in the KEI-app and in the program booklet), go with them to associations if they want to visit them.
  • Show them around in Groningen, introduce them to your favourite spots
  • Wear your KEI-leader t-shirt
  • You’re a KEI-leader the entire week, not only during the programme and the parties! This means that you are responsible for your group from Monday to Friday.
  • 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! Make sure that no one gets left out.
  • 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.

Dinner at the KEI-leaders

Monday at 17.00, the moment has finally arrived: 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’. Make sure you are prepared for your KEI-group to come at 17:00. 

How do you take care of such a gathering? 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 or vegans. 
  • 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, make sure everyone is included
  • 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 has drank too much, take care of him/her going home safely. Let them call/text you when they’re home or bring them home safely.
  • If you are unable to take care of one of the KEI-participants, please bring them to the first-aid or speak to someone from the KEI-organisation
  • Be aware that there’s more than only being drunk. Someone could have put something in someone’s drink! Keep an eye on your KEI-group. 
  • 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 does the KEI-week start?

The KEI-week 2019 takes place from 12th until the 16th 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 organisation 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 receive a refund if I have paid but choose not to attend 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 9th 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 Friday the 9th 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.