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
  • Lindsay, Outbound to France

    To start off with, exchange isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. My exchange so far has had its share of ups and downs. There have been days when I want nothing more than to go home, and if you're a future outbound, I am sure you will have days like this, as well.   Read More...

  • Colson, Outbound to Brazil

    Alright so I meant to do this months ago. And I was strongly encouraged to do this about a week ago, so it’s finally here. My second journal about my wonderful life in Brazil.I’d like to start by saying that I’ve been putting this off because I’ve had a whole lot of events that I wanted to include that were week after week.   Read More...

  • River, Outbound to Turkey

    Today marks 5 months since I've arrived in Turkey, I think I can say for the past month now I am used to Turkey. I remember when I first got accepted and it feeling like forever until I left but now that I'm here time is flying by. So many things have happened the past few months I don't know where to startWell here in Turkey I live in a small city called Ere─čli.   Read More...

  • Eliot, Outbound to Thailand

    So far I have been here 4 months and I have just switched host families. It has been a big change not just in families but also in location. My first host family was really far away from the city in the middle of nature.   Read More...

  • Ben, Outbound to Germany

    Hallo everyone!!!November was such a whirlwind month for me. I can't believe that I'm already more than 4 months into my exchange and that I am so adjusted to the language, culture, school, and daily life. I have a lot to catch up on so buckle up.So I'll start by talking about the city I live in, Dresden, because it's pretty incredible.   Read More...

  • Camille, Outbound to Finland

    4 months in my new home, it sounds like such a short time but feels like i’ve been here for so long. The amount of things I’ve done and goals I’ve accomplished is so crazy to actually think about, and I’m still ready for more. Since my last blog a lot has happened, I’ve been so busy with everything from school to rotary events and I absolutely love it!The first thing I want to talk about is the ensilumi or first snow.   Read More...

  • Cora, Outbound to Denmark

    So many things have happened within my first four months in Denmark. Just recently, I changed to my second host family. I am so excited to be living with my new family and I can’t wait to have new experiences with them, but at the same time I am also sad that I had to leave my first host family.   Read More...

  • Anna, Outbound to Italy

    Since it is my 3-month-anniversary, I figured that I should really sit down and write about what Italian school is like, and what I am enjoying most about my exchange at this moment.Italian school is difficult. My school in Florida expects me to have marks by the end of the year, and let me tell you, I am very worried. I have a modified schedule but since it is not in effect yet, I am in each lesson that my class participates in.   Read More...

  • Gabby, Outbound to Spain

    It's crazy to think that I've already been in Spain for two and a half months. But at the same time, it's only been two months? I'm sure that everyone has already said it, but life here has just become my normal life.   Read More...

  • Vale, Outbound to Germany

    THREE MONTHS! It's unbelievable how amazing this past month was. I keep falling in love with this city and the people.   Read More...

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