Checklist - Before your exchange


Make a financial plan and ensure you have sufficient funds
Make sure your passport is valid for the time that you’ll be staying in the Netherlands and check with the authorities in your home country how many months your passport still needs to be valid for when you return there
Prepare the necessary documents for your visa and/or residence permit (if applicable), and if you need a visa, obtain it before you travel
Arrange your healthcare (and other) insurance

Decide how and when to get to Rotterdam

Arrange accommodation in Rotterdam, at least for your first few nights

Register for your courses (you will receive an e-mail from the exchange coordinator about the registration procedure)


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Sign up for the orientation programmes

Register for a Dutch language course

Appoint someone you trust to act as your representative. For instance, for your bank account: if you lose your bankcard, it will be easier if someone in your home country is authorised to arrange a new one for you.

Essential things to pack before departure

Your passport
Proof of your healthcare insurance
Tickets and journey details
Credit card

Some money in the form of cash (euros)

Clothing for temperatures between -5°C and 25°C (between 23°F and 77°F)
Toiletries Bag

Medications (if applicable)

 Emergency phone numbers

Optional things to pack before departure

Your (international) driver’s licence
Passport photos (you will need a few during your first few days here)
Mobile phone

Laptop / tablet

Travel adapter
Extra contact lenses or spare pair of glasses
Umbrella (it rains quite often in the Netherlands)
Bed linen (some housing agencies offer linen)
Travel guide
International Student Identity Card
First Aid kit

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