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
  • Mia, Outbound to Brazil

    Oi! It has been 4 months since I have been in this amazing county! I am living in a small town called Petropolis.   Read More...

  • Liam, Outbound to Taiwan

    At the time of writing, I’ve been in Taiwan for around 100 days. Let’s start by talking about how I’ve been here for 100 days and yet I’ve only found the time to write two blogs. Basically what it boils down to is that writing is actually crazy hard.   Read More...

  • Keiko, Outbound to Argentina

    Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of content, with a Rotary trip, the end of the school year, going into summer, getting sick, and more, the end of October and November have been quite packed.I went on a Rotary trip was from October 28th to November 4th. For these 7 days, I traveled through the Patagonia region of Argentina with 30 other exchange students, which was quite crazy!   Read More...

  • Keily, Outbound to Japan

    Hey! It’s Keily Again!It’s been three months and a week since arriving in Japan and I gotta say, everything has been going amazingly!Yesterday I switched host families and it was rough. You wouldn’t think changing host families would be such a big deal, but it truly is!   Read More...

  • Bianca, Outbound to Brazil

    Oi! I can’t believe I’ve almost been in Brasil for 2 months. The time flies so quickly, but it also feels like I have lived here forever.   Read More...

  • Daniela, Outbound to South Korea

    Journal #2 2019. 11. 25It is crazy to think that I have been in Korea for almost four months now.   Read More...

  • Jetta, Outbound to Belgium

    I’ve officially been here in Belgium for 3 months now! I can confidently say that these have been some of the best three months of my life. Belgium is such an amazing country and unique country.When I arrived here, the weather was cold and wet; but after a few months here, I know that it this is typical Belgian weather and I have grown to love it.   Read More...

  • Paola, Outbound to Denmark

    Hej!It has been an incredible 3 and half months in Denmark. So much has happened in such a shot amount of time, and yet I feel like time is going by so quickly.I am starting to really learn Danish- things are clicking and I'm remembering so much more now. I'm able to hold up conversations and I understand most everything people say to me!   Read More...

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