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
  • Maggie, Outbound to Austria

    Hi Readers! It is already halfway through my exchange and I am NOT here for it! Time is moving too fast and I am not even ready to think about going home.   Read More...

  • Taylor, Outbound to Peru

    Exchange is basically a choose-your-own-adventure type fantasy, like the lovechild of Life is Strange and Undertale. Well, maybe a little less Undertale. The point is you’re in charge of how most events play out and I’ve figured that you get the best results when you reiterate a two simple phrases: “thank you” and “yes”.   Read More...

  • Tina, Outbound to Taiwan

    大家好! Time really flies while on exchange! Suddenly I'm already approaching my fifth month in Taiwan and I've loved every moment thus far.   Read More...

  • Emily, Outbound to Brazil

    Wow I cannot believe how the time has flown by. I'm arriving towards the middle of my exchange and finding that it's has become ever so slightly harder to talk in English. I take this as a positive boost because it means that I have immersed myself into the Portuguese language enough that my mind is confusing the two languages.   Read More...

  • Jordan, Outbound to Denmark

    Hej Hej!!It has been a hot minute since I have last submitted a journal…. Sorry mom and dad…SO my last journal was about my first month here and everything that happened then. I thought that I wouldn’t be so busy after the first month, but if anything, life has just gotten busier.   Read More...

  • Julia, Outbound to Denmark

    It has now been five months since I have arrived in Denmark. Since my last post, there have been so many new things I have experienced. November was a month full of change.   Read More...

  • Mya, Outbound to Thailand

    It’s almost 5 months since I’ve come to Thailand and so much has happened in that time. In October I had my first Thai Halloween which is more just costumes and for adults. My Thai friends took me to a haunted house which was honestly not that scary but fun until we got lost figuring out where to go.   Read More...

  • Veronika, Outbound to Brazil

    The school year has come to an end… that means it’s time for SUMMER BREAK! This month was filled with so many end of the year festivities, parties, and of course… graduation! Although throughout the entirety of this school year I did almost nothing (besides doodle and use class time to write down all of my experiences in my notebook instead of taking notes) I did get to make some friends from school who helped me navigate through my first four months here and accept me for wh...  Read More...

  • Taylor, Outbound to Austria

    When I think of how my exchange has been so far I have running through my head is a million experiences that I could never even come close to capturing the magic of in just this journal. Both good and bad, but a learning experience with all. To the future outbounds, I hope you have that feeling soon as well.I love my host family more than anything, spending time with them is my favorite thing to do here.   Read More...

  • Veronika, Outbound to Brazil

    After 3 months I have learned how to appreciate the little things in life. I live in a relatively small city; there’s really only so much you can admire here. Like, an occasional rain in the middle of a hot day, or a cup of coffee with the people you care about the most… or better yet, when you get presented with an opportunity to travel!   Read More...

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