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
  • Rebecca, Outbound to France

    In these journals my idea is to keep everything as real as possible. It’s 100% true that exchange is not all butterflies and rainbows, and that there are indeed a lot of struggles. Also I apologize for the errors in my English, because it does become more difficult when you don’t use it all the time.Let’s start from the beginning, August 27th.   Read More...

  • Brad, Outbound to Finland

    This is my first journal entry. I have now been in Finland for about three months and I must say my exchange so far has been amazing for me. So many things have happened already and I have already seen change within myself.   Read More...

  • Judah, Outbound to Germany

    Well, it’s been about two and a half months. What a crazy time it’s been.This time last year I can remember myself thinking, “I wonder what my life will look like in a year.” I can specifically remember sitting at my lunch table at GHS the day after I sent in my application thinking that. It’s insane to me that it’s already been a year.I’ve been journaling every day of my exchange.   Read More...

  • JC, Outbound to Italy

    In two days I will have lived in Milan for two months, but let’s start from the beginning.After leaving the airport with my host father and sister, the first thing we did was get gelato.It was the best gelato I had ever had. I’ve lost count of the number of gelatos I’ve had since I’ve been here.For the first two days I was suffering from jet lag which caused me a bit of homesickness, but I got over it quickly. My host mom was freaking out a little bit because the jet lag made me lose my appetite...  Read More...

  • Caroline, Outbound to Sweden

    The point of these journals is to show the feelings of an exchange student, however it’s incredibly difficult to describe my emotions. For example, the weeks seem to go by super fast, but at the same time, I feel like I have been gone from home for a year already. Sometimes I feel so exhilarated and happy.   Read More...

  • Julia, Outbound to Denmark

    Since my last post, I have experienced so much more culture, met new people, and learned more Danish. I have been writing in my journal everyday so that I can remember what I have done, because it is so easy to forget when we are constantly doing so much! My family and I have gone to cities nearby to see what they look like and explore, which is very nice of them.   Read More...

  • Lizzy, Outbound to Finland

    Hei!Ok so I’m not sure why but I just felt like doing a journal entry because I have a lot of emotions running through me I want to share. So basically an update is that I can’t update you on everything that has happened since my last entry because so.much.has.been.done, and so much is going to happen. I’m going to see Phantom of the Opera and get to see backstage!   Read More...

  • Luke, Outbound to France

    Coucou! Next week will mark my second month of being in this extraordinary country, France. It seems unreal that I am in this country even to this moment, and I sometimes have to close my eyes, re-open them, and pinch myself in order to make sure that this life isn’t a dream.   Read More...

  • Emily, Outbound to Brazil

    Wow, yet another month has gone by in my journey through exchange. It seems as if it was just last week that I was writing my first journal entry. Life here in Viçosa has sped up a bit as I have accustomed even more into a daily and weekly routine.   Read More...

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