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
  • Caroline, Outbound to Sweden

    I have just started my ninth month of exchange, and it is truly crazy how fast time has started to fly by ever since January. I’m running out of weekends to meet up with all the amazing people I have met here in Sweden. As my classmates here discuss what classes they will take next year, I am reminded that my life in Sweden is ending soon.   Read More...

  • Mason, Outbound to Germany

    Hallo!A lot has happened since my last journal. In January, we celebrated Fasnacht in Germany. It’s a huge festival where everyone dresses up like a witch and there are big parades in every city.   Read More...

  • Julia, Outbound to Denmark

    I am officially in the last hundred days of my exchange and it is bittersweet to say the least. I have met such amazing people and learned so much. I am so grateful for this opportunity.   Read More...

  • Taylor, Outbound to Peru

    There are officially two months left of my exchange and I have honestly never felt more upset. I feel like I just wasted eight months of my life but at the same time I have learned so much about myself personally. I finally found my niche here in Peru.   Read More...

  • Gracie, Outbound to Brazil

    Here we are already in the last day of March. When I started exchange, the thought of spending a whole 9 months here was very intimidating. I thought that it would last forever, and that I'd never get to my last months.   Read More...

  • Emily, Outbound to Brazil

    Wow it's been a few weeks since my last post and time is flying by faster than ever. THe clock is ticking and I feel like I have to count my moments here and make sure they aren't being lost. I’m starting to make sure that I'm reaching harder for those moments.   Read More...

  • Murphy, Outbound to Brazil

    Hello! It has been awhile since my last journal, and man does it feel like it. October feels like it happened eons ago.   Read More...

  • Miles, Outbound to Spain

    I have been in Spain for roughly six months and I can confidentially say that it has been the most life changing experience I have ever had. I have gained a strong boost in confidence, maturity, self esteem as well as an improved understanding of the world around me. My time here has been rough at times like my first month where I was home sick but other than that it has been amazing.   Read More...

  • JC, Outbound to Italy

    It's been a while since I wrote my last journal entry and a lot of stuff has happened since then, so this Journal will be loaded with fun stuff I’ve gotten a chance to do so far on my exchange.I think I’ll begin at Thanksgiving. Now, you may be thinking that since I’m not in the United States that would mean no turkey for me, but that’s where you’d be wrong. One of my closest friends here in Italy, GIulio, has an American mother.   Read More...

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