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.

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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

YEAR 1

  • 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

YEAR 2

  • January - First outbound training weekend
  • January-July - Language studies on your own
  • June - Second outbound training weekend
  • July/August - Leave for your exchange

YEAR 3

  • June/July the following year - Return to the US from your exchange year
  • July - Rebound weekend
  • Titi, Outbound to Austria

    I wrote this speech for our Rebound Weekend when they asked the rebounds to say something about how our year went, memories we made or some things we had learned on our exchange.I wrote my speech based on a few of the things I have learned in this past year.TO ANY FUTURE EXCHANGE STUDENTS, this year will be, without a shred of doubt, the most rewarding. You will learn a new language; you will make a family; you will travel with your friends; you will immerse yourself in a new culture; you'll...  Read More...

  • Henry, Outbound to Thailand

    Last year I was an Rotary youth exchange student in Bangkok, Thailand. When I first came to Thailand I was apprehensive about many things. "How could I learn such a foreign language?" "How do I make friends with these people?" But immediately I felt the warmth of these people towards me.   Read More...

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