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.


What College Admission says about Youth Exchange:

"As an Admissions Counselor and former RYE Exchange student, I know my colleagues in higher education - and specifically admissions – see international exchanges as valuable opportunities to transcend the traditional classroom experience. At a time where American universities are scrambling to diversify their campuses and create global communities that better reflect our hyper-connected multicultural world, applicants who have participated in exchanges are at a premium."

Michael Murray
Assistant Director of Recruiting, Office of Admissions
St. Bonaventure University, NY

Outbound Exchange Student Timeline


  • August - Visit your district's page to find information meetings. 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


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


  • 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 haven't written on this site for a while. I've just been so busy lately. Not only did I have Eurotour recently, but my weeks are winding down and I've been trying to spend as much time with my friends and host family as possible.Eurotour, jeez, where do I begin?   Read More...

  • Ashley, outbound to Germany

    Read more about Ashley and all her blogsThis is it. The last journal describing a full month of life in Germany. Not gonna lie, it’s a little weird to have to start admitting to myself that in just a few weeks I won’t be living in a tiny village near Cologne, where I can eat Schnitzelbrötchen in school with my friends, eating Müsli when I get home from a long day of hard school work, hanging out with my German friends, watching movies in German with my host family, and doin...  Read More...

  • Destiny, outbound to Taiwan

    Read more about Destiny and all her blogsDisclaimer: It has been a long time since I posted, my laptop stopped working so I had to go old school and use a pen and paper to keep up with life in Taiwan. Then I used the excuse it was too sad to go back and read what I have written down. I miss my home in Taiwan, family, and friends every day. My mom came to visit me for ten days in March.   Read More...

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