KEI-week 2021

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. You as a first-year student, the KEI-loper, are of course uttermost important. During the KEI-week everything revolves around getting to know your fellow students and your new city in all of its glory. 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!


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?


Dates and costs

The KEI-week 2021 takes place between the 16th and 20th of August. How the KEI-week is going to look like this year is still unclear. We are of course hoping that we will be able to create and organize an KEI-week in the same way as we have done for the past 52 years. How the KEI-week will look does depend on the measures that are in force at that time. Do you want to be the first one that knows how the KEI-week 2021 is going to look like? Then follow us on our social media channels and sign up for our newsletter!

To take part in the KEI-week you have to register, this can happen either online or at the Day Registration on the 16th of August. Signing up online will cost you approximately €25,- and if you choose to do it on the 10th of august it will be around €28,-. These prices may shift a little bit, this will depend on how the KEI-week eventually is going to be. The ticket gives you access to all the KEI-week events, including open air concerts, parties and workshops, a picnic, and lots of coupons for discounts around the city. When buying a ticket, you also get a KEI-bag with all the information you will need during the KEI-week.



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).

The KEI-week kicks off on Monday the 16th 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. 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 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 Universities of Applied Sciences 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

Can you join the same KEI-group as a friend?

Yes, it is possible to join a KEI-group with one friend. Mention this in the registration form and you will be placed in the same KEI-group. We can only match you if you give the right e-mail adres. You can only join a KEI-group with one friend. It is not possible to join with three or more people.

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

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


Monday: 09:00-19:00

Tuesday: 09:00-18:00

Wednesday: 10:00-17:00 (contactable till 18:00 on whatsapp)

Thursday: 10:00-17:00 (contactable till 18:00 on whatsapp)

Friday: 10:00-16:00 (contactable till 18:00 on whatsapp)

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 renting a room 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 festivities and activities which you can participate in.

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. Signing up for the KEI-week does not mean you are obligated to participate in the online events. You are free to join the events you like.

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 ( 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.