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

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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
  • Marcella, Outbound to Germany

    March-April225 days have passed since I first arrived in Germany, and soon will be time for me to leave, which I dread the mere thought.On March, it was still very, very cold and cloudy. I still needed to wear my Winter jacket every time I left the house and, to make things better, it would occasionally snow!However, it doesn't matter how cold it is outside, life goes on.On this still very cold month, I went to a ballet bestowed to me by my second host family, which was one of the highlights...  Read More...

  • Henry, Outbound to Thailand

    Hello! I am writing this with about 2 months remaining in my exchange and in between my 2 large Rotary hosted trips around my host country. School has ended for me and I’ve been on break for about 2 months now.   Read More...

  • Nikki,Outbound to Italy

    Ciao tutti,I've been busy lately, I just moved to my 3rd host family a couple days and it was hard because I really liked my 2nd host family. I felt really connected with them. I went to London with my 2nd host family which was so much fun.   Read More...

  • Paula, Outbound to Taiwan

    Hello, this journal is a month late.. sorry. but a lot has happened.   Read More...

  • Kate, Outbound to Mexico

    April 7, 2018Welcome to my first guest journal! I hope you like the different perspective on my Rotary Youth Exchange, which has been written by my amazing mom, Therese.If you are reading this blog, you may fall into one of four reading audiences.1. You are a friend or family member of Kate (here in the United States or there in México).   Read More...

  • Camille, Outbound to Finland

    So here I am 8 whole months later… that must be some kind of record. I can now say that after 6 whole months of winter I am in the clear, and spring finally decided to show up. There has been snow on the ground since the middle of October, and even now a week into April there is still snow covering a fair area of the ground.   Read More...

  • Mikayla, Outbound to Brazil

    I’m currently sitting on the top floor balcony of my apartment building, overlooking a city in the mountains. I am surrounded by strangers who turned into family, understanding a language I never could have imagined being able to learn. It’s night time here right now and the whole city is beautifully lit up with dancing lights, for as far as I can see.   Read More...

  • Hannah, Outbound to Brazil

    Part of the reason I decided to go to exchange was to help myself in the future. You see, I plan in working for the State Department, and I wanted to become familiar with another language, another culture, another mentality. When I go to college next year, I plan to study International Relations, Political Science, and Spanish.   Read More...

  • Sebastian, Outbound to Spain

    Hola el meu nom es Sebastian Claro i jo soc el estudiant d’intercanvi amb Rotary en Barcelona, Espanya. My very first journal… I have completed about 2/3rd‘s of my exchange year here in Barcelona, Spain and this is my first submission. There are no words to explain what I have been feeling and seeing and experiencing on this year abroad.   Read More...

  • Vale, Outbound to Germany

    I've made it to my 7th month of exchange! Just last August I put a pause to my daily routine in South Florida and took a plane to Germany to begin a new daily routine. It's truly an indescribable feeling because it's like I've lived my whole life in Berlin yet at the same time, it feels like I left just yesterday.   Read More...

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