Make a financial plan (- Ensure you have sufficient funds / - Apply for grants and/or scholarships / - Ensure you have enough cash to cover your expenses for the first couple of days in the Netherlands)
Accept your offer of admission (if applicable)
Pay your tuition fee (if applicable)
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
Subscribe to Erasmus University’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/channel/UCVu_ gFmKMDsZmHU8IYp9H1A).
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.
Things to pack before departure – Essential
Proof of your healthcare insurance
Tickets and journey details
Some money in the form of cash (euros)
Clothing for temperatures between -5°C and 25°C (between 23°F and 77°F)
Medications (if applicable)
Emergency phone numbers
Things to pack before departure – Optional
Your (international) driver’s licence
Passport photos (you will need a few during your first few days here)
Laptop / tablet
Extra contact lenses or spare pair of glasses
Umbrella (it rains quite often in the Netherlands)