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
  • Yasmeen, Outbound to Taiwan

    Click HERE to read more about Yasmeen and all her blogsI honestly cannot believe I’ve been in Taiwan for a month now. It is hard to put everything that has happened and everything I’ve done this past month into words because it is such a rollercoaster and in many ways indescribable. But I’ll start with the 14 hour plane ride from Atlanta to Tokyo.   Read More...

  • Destiny, Outbound to Poland

    Click HERE to read more about Destiny and all her blogsDzieĹ„ Dobry! It’s hard to believe I have been in Poland for a little over a month now. I cannot explain how much love I have for this beautiful country.   Read More...

  • Nouni, Outbound to Brazil

    Click HERE to read more about Nouni and all her blogsI truly believe that you can never be sad when around a Brazilian. Today symbolizes my two months in this under appreciated country that I have grown to love. My exchange started off bumpy, seeing that I left my home city at 8pm on a Monday and got to my host city at 2am on a Wednesday.   Read More...

  • Kennedy, Outbound to Brazil

    Click HERE to read more about Kennedy and all her blogsIt has officially been a month and some change since I arrived in Brazil and started my Rotary Youth Exchange experience, and I'm finding myself at a hardship to encompass all the feelings and experiences I've had into words! (Which is why I wrote so much.)When I arrived in Belo Horizonte early in the morning, I waited over an hour to locate my bags, which hadn't arrived and wouldn't for another three days. Despite waiting fo...  Read More...

  • Nikki, Outbound to Italy

    Click HERE to read more about Nikki and all her blogsCiao everyone my name is Nikki and Im in Italy.I would today I have been in Italy for about 8 days or so. My first day here it was good I got in around 11:30 in the morning. The second day here I went to hang out with the Australian in Sarzana.   Read More...

  • Natasha, Outbound to Taiwan

    Click HERE to read more about Natasha and all her blogsSo, it's been a little under a month since I have come to the island of Taiwan, and while everyday isn't an epic adventure, I have been immensely enjoying my time here. After traveling for nearly a day I was greeted at the airport by my my families, exchange students and other Rotary members. I thought my Chinese was pretty okay, but after being surrounded by it constantly I realized I have much to learn.   Read More...

  • Saniya, Outbound to France

    Click HERE to read more about Saniya and all her blogsMy journey to Antibes was 18 hours, 3 flights, and a thirty minute car ride. I left my friends and family at the Tallahassee Airport and boarded a flight to Miami. I'll admit, saying goodbye did make me question my sanity a little bit, but soon I was relaxed and excited again.   Read More...

  • Katie, Outbound to Netherlands

    Click HERE to read more about Katie and all her blogsDear Past/Present/Future Exchange Students, Moms and Dads, Friends and Family, and of course, to anyone who happens to find themselves reading this.I would like to start this very first journal of mine off with:Hallo, ik heet Katie. Ik ben zestien jaar oud. Ik kom uit Tampa, Florida, en ik woon in Nederland voor het volgende jaar.Now for those of you who don’t speak Dutch and that way you won’t have to go to Google Translate to fin...  Read More...

  • Pessi, Outbound to Thailand

    Click HERE to read more about Pessi and all his blogsSa wat dii kraph! I have been in Thailand for about three weeks and I am already in love with this country. Before my exchange, I had travelled to many western countries, but Thailand is something completely new for me.   Read More...

  • Lauren, Outbound to France

    Click HERE to read more about Lauren and all her blogsSo today marks my 17th day here in Saint-Brieuc, France and things are slowly getting better. I'm not sure where to begin with this because there is so much I want to say. I guess the first thing I should probably address is packing.   Read More...

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