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
  • Paula, Outbound to Taiwan

    大家好,我覺得我的中文是比較好。現在我著台灣八個月。I have had great experiences in Taiwan and I am grateful to have met all the people I have met. I recently was involved in a lion dance performance and it was awesome. The teacher chose the people he thought it would be better to play drums and he chose me.   Read More...

  • Titi, Outbound to Austria

    So yesterday marks exactly 30 days until I go back home! It's incredible how much time flies by and it goes so quickly! I the last 3 months, I've switched host families (FOR THE LAST TIME!!!!!), see multiple live concerts, and show my family the city and country that I've been living in!For Easter, my older sister, who is living in Berlin, came to visit me!   Read More...

  • Hannah, Outbound to Brazil

    When I first arrived to Brazil, I was automatically placed in “ensino medio” (high school) because Rotary Youth Exchange is intended for high school students. I was the equivalent of a junior and studied there for about five months.I really liked this time because it gave me a chance to catch onto Portuguese (taking notes in class and listening to lectures helped so much!) and to learn some basic things I needed to know, like important presidents and events from history.When the scho...  Read More...

  • Vale, Outbound to Germany

    8 months in this beautiful city. How quickly time has flown by, it's scary to think that I have 2 months left before I return home. This past month, I've actually been traveling more than I've been at home which has been so fun and also a main reason that I am late in writing this journal.   Read More...

  • Em, Outbound to Brazil

    As the days tick down, faster with each passing day, I wonder where all the time has gone. In retro-spec, the past 279 days, has had the same amount of time in years past, but on exchange, time seems to go by even faster. I look back on these past nine months and see all the ups and downs and how I have changed and learned from these situtations.   Read More...

  • Lindsay, Outbound to France

    WOW!! Happy May 1st! These last 8 months have flown by and have definitely been the quickest 8 months of my life.   Read More...

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