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Every year, thousands of students are eager to start their student days and this year, you will be one of them! To start your student life well and to get to know and discover your new student city, the KEI-week comes to the rescue. In 2022, this fantastic week begins on Monday, August 15, and lasts until August 19. With about 12 to 15 other first-year students, you will explore Groningen in a group led by a number of experienced older students.

Below you will find the provisional program of the KEI-week of 2022. We hope to go wild again this summer. During the KEI-week we offer a varied program of both festive and informative events. This way you will be optimally prepared for what awaits you during your student days. There is also plenty of time to get to know the city and its associations. There is something to do for everyone and nothing is obligated. Therefore, you can make your KEI-week perfect for you and have a week to never forget!

Monday 15 Aug

Registration 10:00 - 17:00 Broerplein

After having registered for the KEI-week of 2022 online, you have to confirm your participation during the Registration on Monday the 15th of August. Even if you haven’t registered online yet, you can still get a wristband for the KEI-week here! You will also receive the KEI-bag full of useful information and fun goodies: now the KEI-week can really start!

Information Market 10:00-17:00 Vismarkt

At the information market you can get to know almost all (student) organizations that the student city of Groningen has to offer. There are sports and study associations, but also political organizations and company. There’s something for everyone!

Sit & See 12:00-17:00

Three beautiful convertible buses drive through the city to show you the most beautiful places in Groningen. During this sightseeing, a few enthusiastic senior students are on the buses who can tell you all the ins and outs of the city.

International Welcome 14:00-17:00 Academy Building

The International Welcome is the welcome moment for all international KEI-participants. Here they receive an introduction to the Netherlands, Groningen and of course the KEI-week.

Meet your KEI-leaders 17:00-20:00

This is the first time you can meet your KEI-group and your KEI-leaders. You will all have dinner together and then you can go to The Grand Opening with your group, to start the week well!

The Grand Opening 20:00-01:00 Grote Markt

During The Grand Opening, the KEI-week will be opened in a spectacular way with a big party! Performances will take place on a big stage and you will be welcomed by well-known Groningen residents and the Executive Board of Stichting KEI that organized this week. From this moment on, the KEI-week is on!

Tuesday 16 Aug

KEI-Picnic 12:00 - 14:00 Stadspark

On Tuesday, the program starts a relaxed picnic in the park. Here you can have breakfast in the sun whilst enjoying some DJ music. Blankets, food and drinks are provided and you can pick them up per KEI-group, so you can start the day chill. It is also possible to play games and meet other international students at the Mix It Up!

KEI-conference: Game On 14:00-17:00 Martiniplaza

This event prepares you as best as possible for your student days. You receive all kinds of tips for to start your studies great and you will be informed about various activities that you can do in addition to your studies. You will learn a lot through various lectures and workshops about effective studying, applying for jobs, presenting and entrepreneurship. There are also interesting speakers who talk about their student days. So you should not miss this event!

KEI-Parade 20:00-21:30 Route through the city centre

At the KEI-parade, the city streets are turned upside down! During this parade, the student associations and organizations will march through the city center with a lot of noise and festivities. Come and have a look, because you don’t want to miss this!

Night of the Songs 21:00-01:00 Grote Markt

The Night of the Songs is the biggest karaoke event in Europe! Together with about eight thousand other students and citizens of Groningen, you can sing along with well-known hits.

Wednesday 17 Aug

Sportsplaza 13:00-18:00 ACLO sportcentrum

During this event you can get acquainted with all student sports associations. You can get information here, but also try out many different sports. Get ready to show your sporty side and visit the ACLO sports center.

More to Explore 20:00-23:00 Harmony Building

During this event you will get to know all the cultural associations of Groningen. With interactive workshops you can see which association suits you. There will be all kinds of different activities, from painting to singing and much more. In addition, you can enjoy performances from various comedians, fantastic bands, choirs and much more.

Pub crawl 22:00 - 04:00 City centre

Groningen wouldn’t be Groningen without all the pubs in the Poelestraat, among others. You can dance the night away here, since the Groningen nightlife has no closing time. During the Pub Crawl you and your KEI-group will be given a route which you have to follow to collect stamps. When you arrive at the end of the Pub Crawl and you have collected all the stamps, you will receive a nice gadget that will come in handy later in the week!

Thursday 18 Aug

Backyard Beats: Open Air Festival 14:00-19:00 Kardingerplas

Come and relax on the fourth day of the KEI-week! A wide range of artists and acts will be featured at this festival and the sustainable character of the 54th KEI-week will be highlighted. Enjoy the weather, participate in one of the many activities organized by student parties, or dance in the grass. The festival is located at a beach, so don’t forget to bring your swimsuit!

Eat & Greet 17:00-22:00

The Eat & Greet is the time to visit one of the many associations in Groningen’s student life and grab a bite to eat. All associations open their doors; from student associations to cultural organizations and from politics to sports. After the meal you can stick around for a tour!

Movie at the Vismarkt 22:00 - 01:00 Vismarkt

In the meantime, do you need to recover from the KEI-week? That is possible at the open-air cinema, the Film on the Vismarkt! A huge cinema screen will be placed on the Vismarkt, on which a nice movie will be played. This way you can relax with your KEI-group while enjoying popcorn and a drink.

Friday 19 Aug

Love, Lust & Lounge 14:00-17:00 Pathé Groningen

The last event that takes place during the day is all about sex, alcohol and drugs. By means of interactive lectures and activities, we want to make you aware of the new temptations that will come your way during your student days. You can relax and enjoy all this from your cinema seat!

The Final Party 21:00-04:00 Suikerunie Groningen

To end the week with a bang, you can celebrate at the Final Party! With four different areas, there is something for everyone. You can have a toast to this great week together with your KEI-group and all the other new people you have met. Beware that the doors close at 23:30h! Buy your tickets for the Final Party via the following button:

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Afterparty 03:00-06:00 PALACE

For the real die-hards, it is possible to continue partying after the Final Party during the Afterparty in nightclub PALACE! Will we see you there?