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

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
  • Lindsay, Outbound to France

    So, I've been in France for almost 7 months now and time is going by so quick. I have about 2 months left of my exchange (because I am going home to graduate with my class), it seems like I have so much time left but I also know in about what feels like 2 seconds, it'll be time to say my goodbyes. Some days I'm ready to just hop on a plane back to the U.S and other days I can't imagine saying goodbye to this life.   Read More...

  • Devon, Outbound to Brazil

    Seven months ago, I arrived to a new world where I didn't speak the language and knew no one. I can't believe how fast it has gone by! So much has happened, and I honestly think it is too much to convey in writing.   Read More...

  • Jasmin, Outbound to Thailand

    I’m now a little more than 7 months into my exchange. Now, 7 months didn’t quite call for a huge celebration. However, hitting my 6 month mark did.   Read More...

  • Dani, Outbound to France

    “What does it feel like to live so far from your family and loved ones in an unknown country for a year?”Certainly, it feels like the best decision of my life to this day. I have been in France for six months so far, living each day à la française. These past few months have been incredibly amazing yet quite hectic; between changing host families, attending Rotary meetings, traveling and more-it has been a struggle keeping up with my blogs, Désolée!For sta...  Read More...

  • Grace, Outbound to Croatia

    Long time no blog…oops!6 months and 7 days in…How’s life?Things have certainly slowed down on exchange. Winter, currently wrapping up, left the Old City oddly quiet, and lacking many tourists. School remains painfully boring, but I continue to numb the pain via coffee after coffee with friends.   Read More...

  • Vale, Outbound to Germany

    Schon 6 Monate in Deutschland!! Just a tad late but better late than never. This is my 6th journal and every month has more surprises and adventures!From my last journal, I forgot to post more pictures so I will be posting a few from my wonderful trip to St.   Read More...

  • Natasha, Outbound to Taiwan

    Already into 2018! It’s been a while since the last journal entry because I felt like there hasn’t been too much to write about. The holiday season is quite different form what I’m used to in America.   Read More...

  • Sierra, Outbound to Denmark

    I have been in Denmark for almost seven months now and I know in my past entries I said it was crazy how long I have been here but time is truly flying by. I didn't write after Christmas, but spending Christmas in another culture without my family was really cool actually. I missed my family and friends of course, but I didn't miss home as much as I thought I would.   Read More...

  • Will, Outbound to Taiwan

    Has it been 6 months already? I’m losing track of time here. I don’t even know where to begin, probably should begin with saying sorry to RYE Florida for forgetting to update my blog for 5 months.There has been so much that has happened in my time here that I definitely don’t have the room in this bio to say everything.   Read More...

  • Kate, Outbound to Mexico

    Welcome back to another English journal! The first partial (one of three school grading periods) of the semester is wrapping up for me, and I finally have had a chance to sleep again like a normal person after all the projects, presentations, exams, and activities. Even though technically I am an exchange student, I love that I am not treated as one at school, but just like the rest of my classmates.   Read More...

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