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
  • Cora, Outbound to Denmark

    Click HERE to read more about Cora and all her blogsIt’s unbelievable for me to think that I have been in Denmark for two months already. It feels like I just stepped off the plane yesterday to start my new life in another country. I have already met so many amazing people and experienced thing I never thought I would be able to.One thing that has made my first two months so enjoyable is my host family.   Read More...

  • Paula, Outbound to Taiwan

    Click HERE to read more about Paula and all her blogsHello, this is my first journal and I have experienced more things than what I have experienced all my life in these 2 months. First of all I will talk about my first host family. This family is made up by 4 members.   Read More...

  • Nikki, Outbound to Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Click HERE to read more about Nikki and all her blogsIt has been just over two months since I arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and I'm still starstruck. I would say that I've come down from the high of the "honeymoon phase", but the country itself still leaves me speechless. I'm living in Banja Luka, a small city with just under 200,000 residents.   Read More...

  • Devon, Outbound to Brazil

    Click HERE to read more about Devon and all her blogsMy goodness gracious! I can hardly believe that it has already been two months since I boarded a plane for Brazil! So many things have happened since I’ve arrived.   Read More...

  • Lexi, Outbound to Italy

    Click HERE to read more about Lexi and all her blogs“Che sarà, sarà.” What will be, will be. What region we go to and even the country we get sent to is out of our control. But oh, did I get lucky, did I get my first option?   Read More...

  • Sabrina, Outbound to Peru

    Click HERE to read more about Sabrina and all her blogsHola from the Southern Hemisphere! Words can’t explain how crazy and amazing these last 2 months have been. 2 months since I’ve left the US and everything I know.   Read More...

  • Kate, Outbound to Mexico

    Click HERE to read more about Kate and all her blogsMy family is right when people ask about me and they reply, “Kate graduated high school and moved to México.” I am not on a year-long vacation, tour, or mission trip. For me, exchange now feels like my life because moving and establishing a new normal is exactly what I have done. I came to a new place with my suitcases, hopes, and determination, and now I have found another home by building meaningful relationships with my ho...  Read More...

  • Em, Outbound to Brazil

    Click HERE to read more about Em and all her blogsIt’s been over 11 weeks since I arrived in Brazil, and I can tell you I could not believe my eyes when I saw 11 weeks. Life on exchange has gone by so fast and I want it to slow down. Living in brazil for almost the past 3 months has changed my life forever.   Read More...

  • Valen, Outbound to Lithuania

    Click HERE to read more about Valen and all her blogsLabas! It’s been over a month since I arrived in Vilnius, Lithuania. The weather is the coldest I’ve ever been in!!   Read More...

  • Hailey, Outbound to Chile

    Click HERE to read more about Hailey and all her blogsI can't believe I have already been living in Chile for a month, time really does fly. So much has happened in such a short amount of time and it has already had a huge impact on my life. Coming here I had no idea what to expect and as any other exchange student about to leave to spend a year in a different part of the world, I had fears.   Read More...

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