Going to another country on your own, finding a place to live, making new friends and, despite the language barrier, taking care of all the administration involved in your exchange will undoubtedly help you become more independent and mature.
Your living conditions will have an enormous impact on your well-being abroad. It will be a home away from home. You will usually have the same options abroad as you do in Flanders, but many higher education institutions also have special facilities for international students. However, this is not always the case, so start looking for a place to stay well in advance.
There are a number of health and safety considerations that you should take into account when you go abroad, including health insurance and maybe even vaccinations. During your stay abroad, it is important that you are properly insured against illness, accidents and possible damage to third parties. Different insurance policies cover different risks.
Most students who have an experience abroad will describe this afterwards as one of the highlights of their young lives and will not go through any emergencies or serious crisis situations. However, it is inevitable that accidents occasionally happen.