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
  • Morganne, Outbound to Lithuania

    Hey guys! Just popping in to say I’m just chilling in quarantine..First I was really lucky to have gone to France before the virus really hit here. I visited my host brother Joris (who my family hosted last year).   Read More...

  • Marley, Outbound to Slovakia

    Hello again everyone! Here’s a little update on my life, how I'm handling everything surrounding the COVID-19 situation:The most frustrating thing that's happened on my exchange so far is all of the unknown going on surrounding the corona virus. I left my host family on Sunday (March 8th) to go snowboarding with Rotary and everything was completely normal, two days before the first case had been diagnosed here in Bratislava.   Read More...

  • Keiko, Outbound to Argentina

    Hey guys! I hope you all are well. In this journal I'll talk about my school situation, COVID-19 conditions, and what my current life looks like.So far on exchange, my school situation has been quite comical and unique.   Read More...

  • Daniela, Outbound to South Korea

    Journal #3 2020. 03. 22It has been quite a bit since I last posted a journal.   Read More...

  • Bianca, Outbound to Brazil

    Wow! I cannot believe I have been in Brazil for a little over 5 months now. Let’s pick up where I left off my last entry.   Read More...

  • Tytus, Outbound to Thailand

    This is my second journal entry, the outbound to Thailand, Tytus Simmons, from district 6950. As of now, the Corona Virus is causing us all stress. This unexpected turn of events has my trip cancelled, but this just goes to show that anything can happen while you are on exchange, either good or bad, it all counts to your experience.   Read More...

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