Sustainability is one of the most important buzzwords to emerge over the last decades, but what does it actually mean? Living sustainably relates to the environment, our ecology, thinking about the future and our own lifestyles.

The KEI Foundation is aiming to organise the KEI-week as sustainable as possible. Besides the event, we also try to be sustainable in the preparation. For example, we try to print as little paper as possible at our office.

A couple of more examples:

  • Promoting cycling as the most sustainable mode of transport.
  • The beer on offer during the KEI-week is Grolsch, one of the most sustainably brewed beers on earth.
  • Soft drinks are served by Vrumona, who also pays attention to sustainability.
  • The cars used by the treasurers and executive board during the KEI-week will be hybrid.
  • All t-shirts for KEI-crew and KEI-lopers are printed by P&P. This company is famed for its sustainability.
  • The picnic packets for the Open Air Festical contain as many organic products as possible.
  • This year the KEI-week introduces Meatless Monday. We try to motivate everyone who participates or contributes during the KEI-week to eat vegetarian.

However, Monday is not the only day related to sustainability! During the week, there will be various events, such as ‘sustainable Thursday’ and the Green Corner at Open Air Festival. There will be workshops on sustainability for students, to show you that living sustainably is a lot easier than you’d think.


  • UMEF certification for sustainable events (2014)
  • Green Key certification, level Gold (2017, 2018, 2019)


  • Public price for most sustainable introduction stunt 2015
  • Most Effective Sustainable Introduction stunt 2014


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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.