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
  • Sophia, Outbound to Paraguay

    What a heck of a beginning to my adventures abroad. I thought I was fully prepared to go but what I wasn't (and couldn't) prepared for, was a storm delaying my first flight from Atlanta to Miami, which made me miss my flight to Santiago, Chile. I was sent to American Airlines (since that was the plane I had just got off) and tried to get myself on a different flight, but they told me that I would have to go through LATAM because that's the airline of the flight I missed.   Read More...

  • Maggie, Outbound to Austria

    Language CampSo in Austria all the Inbounds go to a Sprachkurs, or language camp for two weeks. It’s a time for the students to really learn german basics and to get to know each other. It was held at a boarding school on this beautiful lake called Traunsee.   Read More...

  • Jordan, Outbound to Denmark

    Hej alle! I cannot believe that I have already been in Denmark for a whole month. Even though it is quite stressful at times, I quickly have fallen in love with this beautiful country and my amazing city.I live in Odense, which is the 3rd largest city in Denmark and the largest city on Fyn island.   Read More...

  • Emily, Outbound to Brazil

    It’s hard to imagine that only a few weeks ago I was sitting at home daydreaming about Brazil. Before I arrived, I had no idea what to expect. I had formed many ideas in my head about what exchange would be like, but in reality, I was clueless that I would be living what is now my day to day life.My flight touched down in Belo Horizonte, the capital of my state, Minas Gerais.   Read More...

  • Mya, Outbound to Thailand

    I can’t believe it’s been one month since I’ve started my exchange in Thailand. Everything I’ve experienced and seen has been amazing. The people I’ve met and became friends with have all been very nice to me and help with anything.   Read More...

  • Lizzy, Outbound to Finland

    Moi!!It’s been a little over a month since I’ve arrived here in my new home, Espoo, Finland and every day blows my mind in a new way. I’ve gone on boat rides through Helsinki with my host dad, eaten lots of Finnish foods, went kayaking in cold waters, drunken countless numbers of coffee, seen the most beautiful sunset of my life with my best friends, gone to an amusement park, and so much more!! I feel so lucky with my host family.   Read More...

  • Zoe, Outbound to Japan

    Hi there and welcome to my first ever journal entry! It’s been a little over two weeks since I landed in Japan, and my experience so far has been quite a whirlwind. These first two weeks, although challenging at times, were incredible.   Read More...

  • Veronika, Outbound to Brazil

    One month…It has officially been a month since I have arrived to Brazil. What can I say, time flies when you’re having fun…This has already been such an incredible journey. Brazil never stops surprising me!   Read More...

  • Maggie, Outbound to Austria

    Background on my exchangeBefore I go into all the details of my time here in Austria, let me tell you a little bit about my situation. So I am in the capitol: Vienna, Austria. As of now I live in Floridsorf in District 21.   Read More...

  • Julia, Outbound to Denmark

    It is hard to believe that I have been in my new home in Denmark for a month now because it feels like I have been here for a year. I arrived in Denmark, and within two days, my host family told me to pack my camping bags for about a week-long festival and get ready for Smukfest. I knew I was going to a festival, but I didn't realize just how big this one was.   Read More...

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