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
  • Grace, Outbound to Croatia

    1 month and 4 days back homeAlthough my year abroad has come to an end, I wanted to upload one final blog post now that my life at “home” has returned to normal.Let me catch you upSince my last blog post in March a lot has happened. The last few months of my exchange were extraordinary and filled with enough joy to compensate for any early morning or late night I suffered during the year.Towards the end of March my class took a weekend trip to Rijeka, Croatia. The trip, while short, ...  Read More...

  • Dani, Outbound to France

    We tend to look at the end of exchange as tragic and unavoidable, as a nostalgic closure to our lives abroad. However, it shouldn't feel like a burden as we are experiencing possibly the best moments of our youth. I intended to live each day to the fullest along with my friends and host families, to make every moment count and to leave off that plane without regrets: the could haves, would haves, should haves and what ifs.   Read More...

  • Ana, Outbound to Germany

    Hallo Leute! Ich freue mich, euch zu schreiben!I’m extremely excited to tell you guys all about February!!! Lots of very exciting events happened this month and honestly, I can’t believe it’s already over.First of all, for the first and only time in my exchange, I switched to a new host family.   Read More...

  • Ana, Outbound to Germany

    Hallo alles und frohes neues jahr! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted a journal but I'm finally catching up on everything which is surprisingly hard to do when you're wrapped up in the world that is exchange. I’m glad to finally be able to share my experience with you all though!First, though I am not doing a journal for November, I would like to include something that happened from that time which was actually pretty cool!   Read More...

  • Destiny, Outbound to Poland

    Since I last wrote I actually switched back to live with my first family. I switched families because it was what would benefit my exchange and my happiness the most. I created such a good relationship with my first family and I am so happy to end my exchange with them.In April I had my Euro tour, I saw 7 countries in 18 days.   Read More...

  • Kate, Outbound to Mexico

    June 30, 2018This final month of exchange has been a whirlwind for me, with school finishing, some traveling, and also saying goodbye, and a million other memories big and small, I tried to maximize every moment of my time left on exchange by spending time with the people I love.We all process and handle the end differently, and I do not know how to begin explaining the emotional rollercoaster of the last month of exchange and the first days back in the United States. For me, every day had its o...  Read More...

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