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
  • Nena, Outbound to Finland

    Hey ! I’m not sure if this is my first or second journal entry but 🤷🏻‍♀️. My name is Nevaeh and I’m in Finland on exchange.   Read More...

  • Nena, Outbound to Finland

    Hellooooo it’s another journal entry . I figure I also talk about my experience during the holidays leading up to now. I do have to tell y’all that it’s a very good idea to get out of the house .   Read More...

  • Keiko, Outbound to Argentina

    Hello everyone! Inspired by the new year, I am going to share a few new projects that I am working on! I started a book club, participated in a Rotary project, completed several cultural investigations, and I am exploring new art.Book club: I started my own book club!   Read More...

  • Jaylyn, Outbound to Germany

    Wow this is my very first journal and I’ve been here for over 5 months. Where can I start off I don’t even know. LOL.   Read More...

  • Aliya,Outbound to Slovakia

    Ahojte. It’s been about five and a half months of me living in Slovakia. I swear, the days here have just been going by quicker and quicker.   Read More...

  • Willem, Outbound to Finland

    This is my first journal entry on my exchange. I’ve currently been in Finland for about 6 months and the journey so far has been incredible, to say the least. I’ve changed so much as a person, even if it’s not noticeable to everyone around me.   Read More...

  • Jose, Outbound to Peru

    Peru is a marvelous country that everybody needs to visit at least once in their life. It has everything ranging from mountains, to the jungle, to deserts, to beaches. I live primarily in the city of Lima but I can honestly say I do not enjoy my experience in Lima because the city is sad and depressing.   Read More...

  • Jose, Outbound to Peru

    My exchange so far has been great. Peru is a country very rich in culture and the food is amazing. I used to live in a city called Lima, Peru but now I’ve changed to the city of Cusco and I love it here but sadly I have to go back to Lima soon, because I’m only here in Cusco for vacation.   Read More...

  • Marin, Outbound to Italy

    Ciao tutti! Can you believe I have been living in Monza, Italy for five months! I cannot believe it!   Read More...

  • Christian, Outbound to Czechia

    Hello! My name is Christian and I’m an outbound to the Czech Republic. It’s been a very fun and interesting five and a half months so far!   Read More...

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