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
  • Rose, outbound to Netherlands

    Read more about Rose and all her blogsI just turned 16 last Thursday (03/16). Birthdays in the Netherlands are done not too differently than in the USA. I brought some candy for everyone, someone brought me a party hat, and I ate way too much cake.   Read More...

  • Victoria, outbound to Argentina

    Read more about Victoria and all her blogsThe month of March has brought few surprises, and I have begun to settle into a daily routine. I wake up when the sun is high in the sky, and begin the process of motivating myself to roll out of bed. I usually go downstairs to say hello to the lady who helps around the house, and then I busy myself with what I like to call "independent learning".   Read More...

  • Ashley, outbound to Germany

    Read more about Ashley and all her blogsI honestly thought I had two weeks until I needed to write this journal, but I looked at my calendar and then today was March 1st! February has flown by to the point where I’m not entirely sure I actually experienced the whole month! I have done so many amazing things this month, but most of them revolved around the greatest time of the German calendar, Karneval!   Read More...

  • Abbey, outbound to Germany

    Read more about Abbey and all her blogsI am now at the part of exchange where everything is great. The language is great, my host family is great, I have a lot of friends, everything is more normal. The beginning 3-4 months for me were really hard.   Read More...

  • Destiny, outbound to Taiwan

    Read more about Destiny and all her blogsSo I have just past the half way point of my exchange and this completely blows my mind! It feels like I have only been here for a month, not half a year! This has had me thinking about all the things I am going to miss about my home here in Taiwan.I will miss my classmates so much.   Read More...

  • Nikki, outbound to Belgium

    Read more about Nikki and all her blogsGuess whose inconsistent self is back ? Meeeee it’s me. But a one month time gap is better than like, a five month one, and lots of fun things have happened in literally just the past five days so let’s go to the nitty gritty fun stuff.   Read More...

  • Hutch, outbound to Italy

    Read more about Hutch and all his blogsWell, on the 10th of March will be my 6th month here. Time is really starting to exponentially accelerate lately, giving me anxiety if I can do all that I want to accomplish in time :), but I'll find a way. These past couple of months I have concentrated on understanding my family better and working with them to build a better relationship between us.   Read More...

  • Will, outbound to Poland

    Read more about Will and all his blogsIt's been about 5 months since my last journal entry. As it turns out, there's a lot you can do in 5 months in a foreign country. I could probably spend a good Saturday afternoon and evening typing it all out.   Read More...

  • Hayden, outbound to Taiwan

    Read more about Hayden and all his blogsHi, This month of February was probably the most exciting month of my exchange. For the first time I celebrated the Chinese New Year. Imagine our normal New Year but with more colour, excitement, and tradition.   Read More...

  • Rose, outbound to Netherlands

    Read more about Rose and all her blogsI am more than half way through my exchange. That still hasn't really registered in my mind. Seriously, there's no way I am going back to Florida in four and a half months.   Read More...

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