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
  • Dani, Outbound to France

    Ever since Spring Break came to an end, I’ve felt like time is slipping away faster than any other month. These past few weeks of May and early June have been a roller coaster of mixed emotions: nostalgia for our first days, joy for my experience abroad, sadness yet curiosity to see what the future holds. Perhaps is the fact that school is almost over for all the seniors in my class, exchangers are already waving their goodbyes or simply that time is truly passing by and I can only do my b...  Read More...

  • Dani, Outbound to France

    Mes chers amis, it has been nine months since I arrived in France. It has been an incredible learning experience, one that was never in my plans, that will soon come to an end in twenty three days as I return back home. It is surreal how fast time flies, especially these past few weeks, but I can only live each day to the fullest.   Read More...

  • Colson, Outbound to Brazil

    Alright so the time has finally come, I’m gonna write my third and final journal. (I meant to do like at least 2 others this year but I’ve been busy and I apologize deeply). The time has also come for me to say goodbye, it’s my final month and everything is coming to a close.   Read More...

  • Pessi, Outbound to Thailand

    Sawaddii Krab,It has been a while since the last time I wrote here. I have been busy with traveling and other things here in Thailand. During the past few months I have fallen in love with Thailand even more than before.   Read More...

  • Kate, Outbound to Mexico

    June 4, 2018What is Culture? Future Outbound Candidates, as you get ready for Outbound Orientation II (also known as Cultural Boot Camp) in Lake Yale, I would like to share my perspective ten months into my exchange. Before exchange, I was like many of you: culture refers to food, traditions, history, and language.   Read More...

  • Vale, Outbound to Germany

    9 months in Berlin and just 1 month left until I fly back home! As I approach the end of my exchange, my heart is heavy. Of course I am excited to return home to my family and friends but at the same time, I'm leaving an incredible exchange life behind.   Read More...

  • Camille, Outbound to Finland

    So here I am 10 months later, the end of my Exchange is looming in the near future and my heart is breaking at the end of each day. My exchange for a lack of better word has been sensational, I’ve had the best year of my life thus far and it really hurts to think it will be over so soon.The last to months have been so insanely busy and I’ve truly loved every minute. April started with and early Easter,my family and I painted Easter eggs, real egg shells filled with chocolate, with wa...  Read More...

  • Kate, Outbound to Mexico

    May 31, 2018Welcome back to another journal! I know it has been a long time since I wrote, but I have 24 days of exchange and 4 days of school left, and I am trying to live it to the fullest.In these last two months, I have been very involved in Rotary activities. I have had the opportunity to speak at three local Rotary Clubs, including my host club and my host grandfather’s Rotary Club.   Read More...

  • Katie, Outbound to Netherlands

    Let me begin by saying I apologize for how long I’ve gone without writing a new journal, I’ve been insanely busy the last few months since my last journal. But I am ready to tell you all about my past few months, so settle in, get ready, indulge yourself in some popcorn, because this will be a lot to read.Now, the last time I made an update about my exchange was January 3, 2018, the day I moved to my second host family. The Van Doorlemolen’s.   Read More...

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