Checklist: before departure


  • Make a financial plan
    • Ensure you have sufficient funds to support yourself
    • Apply for grants and/or scholarships
    • Ensure you have enough cash (in euros) to cover your expenses for the first couple of days in the Netherlands
  • After acceptance to the exchange programme/courses, you'll be requested to upload a picture for your student ID
  • After receiving your university login keys (ERNA details), log on to the university systems by using the direct link mentioned in the email about this matter
  • 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