Welcome to Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship Program

What an exciting adventure awaits you, as a potential Rotary exchange student or host family, as you look to expand your horizons as they've never been expanded before.

We invite you to explore our site, learn more about the program, and, if it's right for you, take those first steps toward one of the most amazing, memorable, adventurous years of your life.

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RYE Florida - All Around the World

My Nguyen in Belgium

My Nguyen in Belgium

Sami in Sweden

Sami in Sweden

Corey - Japan 2014

Corey - Japan 2014

RYE D6970 Florida

RYE D6970 Florida

Erica - Finland

Erica - Finland

Inbound Students 2014-2015

Inbound Students 2014-2015

Blaine in Japan

Blaine in Japan

RYE on the Rhien river, Dusseldorf, Germany. Stuart Brown OB

RYE on the Rhien river, Dusseldorf, Germany. Stuart Brown OB

Thailand - OB Stephanie Bird

Thailand - OB Stephanie Bird

Outbound Exchange Student Timeline

YEAR 1

  • August - Visit your district's page to see when information meetings will be offered. Some districts require you to pre-register for such meetings and to attend WITH your parents.
  • September - Attend an information meeting.
  • October - Work on your application - it takes most 3-5 weeks to complete.
  • November 1st - Deadline for completed application
  • November - Interviews
  • December - Find out if you are selected

YEAR 2

  • January - First outbound training weekend
  • January-July - Language studies on your own
  • June - Second outbound training weekend
  • July/August - Leave for your exchange

YEAR 3

  • June/July the following year - Return to the US from your exchange year
  • July - Rebound weekend
  • Steve, outbound to Croatia

    Read more about Steve and all his blogsBok/Hello. Zovem se Steve/My name is Steve. Ja imam 16 godina, te su u Hrvatskoj za oko tri mjeseci/I am 16 years-old, and have been in Croatia for about three months.   Read More...

  • Briana, outbound to Austria

    Read more about Briana and all her blogsThese last two months have been epic. I went on a family trip with my host family to Dubai. This was an amazing trip.   Read More...

  • Ashley, outbound to Germany

    Read more about Ashley and all her blogsTwas the night 'for December and all through the house, not a creature was stirring including Ashley because she is still trying to recover from her amazing inbound weekend with her great Rotary Youth Exchange friends! So, I am apologizing now for the grammar mistakes that are most likely all throughout here... November was so amazing but also such a blur!!   Read More...

  • Destiny, outbound to Taiwan

    Read more about Destiny and all her blogsHey everyone! I have reached my three month mark of my exchange and I don’t believe it, it feels like I have only been here a week but yet my whole life too! I have made so many lifelong friendships in such a short period of time.   Read More...

  • Marisa, outbound to France

    Read more about Marisa and all her blogsIt's the little things that make me never want to leave. I've been here a little over 3 and a half months and I can't believe it. Time is going by so fast now; the weeks feel like they only last a couple days.   Read More...

  • Laura, outbound to Greenland

    Read more about Laura and all her blogsI’ve done so much these past few months, but what I’ve come to realize is the more that happens here, the harder it is to put into words. Greenland is no longer just my ‘host country’, it's my home. The place where I feel most content.   Read More...

  • Rachel, outbound to Spain

    Read more about Rachel and all her blogsHey guysss! Since I have last journaled a lot has changed. My Rotary district had an orientation with all the inbounds in the district and it was a blast!   Read More...

  • Liam, outbound to Denmark

    Read more about Liam and all his blogsNow I have been in Denmark for a little more than four and a half months. Since I submitted my last journal entry, a lot has happened! To start, I have made many friends in school, some are exchange students and some aren't.   Read More...

  • Rose, outbound to Netherlands

    Read more about Rose and all her blogsWhen they told me that this year would fly by, I had no idea just how fast it would go. I move out of my first host family's house and into my next one. Although the houses are pretty close, I am going to miss my first host family.   Read More...

  • Marcela, outbound to Brazil

    Read more about Marcela and all her blogsSo currently here in Belo Horizonte it is 00:34 in the morning, the 14th of November 2016 (yes they use 24 hour time in Brazil) and I was sitting here thinking the same thing I know many of the other exchange students find themselves thinking at one point or another... where the heck did the time go??? My 100th day here just passed last week and here I am thinking I have only been here a month.   Read More...

  • Ashley, outbound to Germany

    Read more about Ashley and all her blogsWhoops! Time got away from me and I forgot to tell you all about my wonderful October here in Germany. I wrote this in a word document, but forgot to submit it, so here you go!   Read More...

  • Hayden, outbound to Slovakia

    Read more about Hayden and all his blogsExchange is a beautiful thing. You not only exchange yourself, but your life, your parents, your friends, your culture, the scenery, and your feelings. You're thrust into the unknown, and while some would find it frightening, I find it strangely exhilarating.   Read More...

  • Emma, outbound to Germany

    Read more about Emma and all her blogsHallo alles! Wow, after 2 and a half months I feel like this is the first time I can sit down and properly write this. Exchange is not something you can ever be prepared for, these last two months have been some of the best of my life and to try to put it all into words is near impossible.   Read More...

  • Jaden, outbound to Hungary

    Read more about Jaden and all her blogsSzia!First, I’d like to fix some mistakes I noticed in my last post:1)Lake Balaton is the biggest lake in Central Europe, not all of Europe.2)I wrote about going to the Statue of Liberty but I wasn’t sure of the real name. But that’s it. That’s the name of it.   Read More...

  • Nicole, outbound to Finland

    Read more about Nicole and all her blogsHello, everyone! I have officially been in Finland for 3 months (and I’m just now writing my first blog post)! Here’s the thing, being an exchange student is crazy.   Read More...

  • Marisa, outbound to France

    Read more about Marisa and all her blogsExchange is really hard. Period. People laugh in your face every day.   Read More...

  • Kenzi, outbound to Norway

    Read more about Kenzi and all her blogsOne of the things I am asked the most by people I meet in Norway is “why Norway”. In complete honesty, most of the time I can't remember my exact reasoning, but having lived here for over three months now I can think of plenty of reasons for the next exchange student to give as an answer to that question. I joked quite a bit with my family about the unearthly beauty of this country before I came here, but it really is the truth. While ...  Read More...

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