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
  • Cata, Outbound to Romania

    Buna ziua everyone!How can I even begin to explain what it feels like to be in a different universe. In my short time here, I've absorbed many new things about myself and the world around me. I feel so alive here.   Read More...

  • Julia, Outbound to Finland

    So I arrived here a little over a month ago leaving my family and friends. But this experience so far has been the best time of my life. Even though Exchange is hard and challenging but it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.   Read More...

  • Murphy, Outbound to Brazil

    Oi e bem-vindo a meu diário primeiro!Hi and welcome to my first journal! I have been in Brazil for almost a full month now. It feels crazy to say that, in just these past few weeks I have already experienced some crazy emotions.   Read More...

  • Taylor, Outbound to Peru

    Whoever said exchange wasn’t easy was definitely not lying. It’s so easy to be frustrated especially when you don’t know the language. One time I was cleaning my house and my mom began shouting instructions at me in Spanish but I didn’t understand her so she got frustrated and would shout louder.   Read More...

  • Sydney, Outbound to Finland

    “The two important things in life is to learn that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavor is taking the first step, making the first decision.” (How appropriate that I found this on an “I love Finland” Facebook page as I was getting ready to post my first journal entry).I am so glad that I took that first step! Kittos to Rotary Florida district 6950 for helping make this dream come true. And also &ldquo...  Read More...

  • Mason, Outbound to Germany

    Hallo! I can’t believe I’ve already been here for a month! Everything here is so amazing I don’t even know where to start.I got here a few days before I went to my language camp, so I got to meet my host family and a few people that live near me.   Read More...

  • Cain, Outbound to Japan

    皆さん、こんにちは!I’ve been in Japan for about two months now. It still feels like a dream. I arrived in Japan on August 26, which means my birthday, April 26, will be my eighth month here.   Read More...

  • Veronika, Outbound to Brazil

    Every day here brings a new experience and new knowledge. Have I not been sent to Brazil, I would have never learned that Brazilians eat avocados with sugar, threaten to beat their kids with a flip-flop, and hold their knife in the left hand and fork in the right. Brazil is just as wild as I imagined.   Read More...

  • Taylor, Outbound to Austria

    Hallo Freunde!Tis’ me! Taylor the Floridian in which is currently FREEZING cold Austria! I wanted my first journal to be both an insight as to what I have done in my country so far but also an inspiration to the students who are in the same exact seat I was a year ago, reading everyone’s journal articles.   Read More...

  • Chloe, Outbound to Taiwan

    In just a few short days I will have been in Taiwan for a whole month! I feel as though I’ve barely scratched the surface of the language and culture here, but at the same time I already feel like this beautiful country is already becoming a part of me.When I first stepped off the plane, I was surrounded by the sound of hundreds of voices speaking a language I didn’t understand, breathtaking but unfamiliar sights, and a warm, welcoming family who I knew nothing about, but was despera...  Read More...

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