There are 2 ways to apply and find the best suitable university. First, you can research and apply via Studielink. Studielink is a platform where you apply (enroll) to institutions of higher education in the Netherlands. This is the only way to apply in the Netherlands. Second, you can use the help of specialized agencies and they will find for you everything and arrange all the application processes. However, always be aware on which stage of the process your agent and double-check their work. One and the first stage of the process is getting a visa. Azerbaijan has no embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, that’s why it’s more preferable to visit the branch in Georgia.
International students are encouraged to enroll in International Foundation Years from the Netherlands Center for International Education (Holland ISC). Two existing programs – Business and Management and Natural and Technical Sciences – give foreign students the necessary basis for successful undergraduate studies.
Requirements for applicants for training programs for international students:
Good Grade Certificate (Attestat)
IELTS: 5.5 (at least 5.0 for the written part, at least 5.0 for any component)
Minimum age for admission: 17 years
In Rotterdam, you will almost always be able to reach your destination by bicycle. It is better to buy second-hand bikes through Facebook groups from previous year students which are so much cheaper than used bikes in shops. It is easier for you to have a Dutch bank account as some shops and restaurants do not accept Visa or Master cards. There are a lot of banks and you can choose which one is suitable for you. The information about the bank and its facilities you can get from the official web site of the bank or just by walking the nearest branch and asking questions.
It is very important to have insurance in the Netherlands. From my own experience, I would recommend AON student insurance. Bear in mind that you cannot open any Dutch account or get work permits without insurance. The cost of medical facilities here is extremely expensive, so take care of yourself and get your insurance with good contain. However, you can get painkillers and various medicaments from supermarkets such as Albert Hein (service desk) for a good price.
About AON student insurance: https://www.aonstudentinsurance.com/students/en/