Wherever you go, your safety should come first. Therefore there are a few steps you should always follow before you go abroad. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the travel advice and don't forget to save some important contact information beforehand.
Travelling outside of the EU? Make sure to get your visa on time. Visa procedures take time and money so do not leave this for the last moment. Your partner university may have to supply documents. Contact the ambassy of your country of destination for more information.
When studying abroad, it is essential to have the right insurance. You have to make sure you have at least a valid insurance that covers healthcare, repatriation and third-party liability. You should also familiarize yourself with the specifics of insurance in the country of your destination.
Go-Europe is a Dutch, independent, organisation that supports young people and students with information about possibilities of going abroad within Europe. Their information is about study/internship abroad, but also volunteering and other possibilities are shared by Go-Europe.
WilWeg is a Dutch organisation of student ambassadors that have been abroad. They support and inspire others in going abroad. This podcast tells about the experience of 4 students (Dutch spoken)