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
  • Judah, Outbound to Germany

    Well, I’m more than halfway through. This journal is very overdue, but better late than never amirite?In my time here since my first journal I have done countless amazing things and experienced several completely new things. I go to Munich typically weekly, I have gone skiing, and my friends from school and from exchange are all fantastic.   Read More...

  • Mason, Outbound to Germany

    It’s so crazy that it’s almost 5 months in Germany! The holiday season is over so I decided to talk about what different here. At the beginning of December my district had a Christmas weekend in Ulm. We took a language test, met the future Outbounds from this district, claimed the highest church in the world, and went to an amazing Christmas market! One of the most amazing thinks about Christmas in Germany is the Christmas markets.   Read More...

  • Drew, Outbound to Spain

    ¡Hola desde España!As the new year has started and I am switching host families soon (we get 2 host families in Spain) I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my time in Spain so far. Overall, this has been an amazing experience. I had a lot of fun with the first couple of months finding little things that were different in Spain and making a note of them.   Read More...

  • Ryan, Outbound to Czechia

    These five months have been the most fulfilling months of my life. The time has gone by in what feels like a day and a lifetime together.Let’s start from the beginning. I arrived on the 21th of August here in Prague and it was a shock.   Read More...

  • Sydney, Outbound to Finland

    I have been in Finland 5 and a half months. I am half way through my exchange here in Turku. I will be flying back around the second week of July.   Read More...

  • Hannah, Outbound to Slovakia

    It blows my mind that I’ve been on exchange for five months already. I remember reading posts before my own exchange about how fast the time passes, but couldn’t believe it until now. Now I am begging for it to slow down.   Read More...

  • Erilyn, Outbound to Sweden

    Hej allihopa!! I am sooo sorry for leaving y’all hanging for like 5 months… However, in those 5 months, I have been having the best time here in Sweden! Since there is a lot to catch up on, I’ll be splitting this journal into 2 or 3 different topics sections and will probably end up posting another one soon with the same idea.   Read More...

  • Mallori, Outbound to Slovakia

    Dobry den! It is November now and I feel like my exchange is passing before my eyes. I am already sad to think I only have seven months left..   Read More...

  • Julia, Outbound to Finland

    Moi!Life has been crazy here. Since the last time I wrote a blog I changed host families, went to Lapland, had Christmas/ new years, and have kinda survived the Finnish winter.These couple of months have been amazing and difficult. I first went to Lapland for a week with Rotary.   Read More...

  • Chloe, Outbound to Taiwan

    I am now halfway through my exchange and I am feeling a mix of emotions. On one hand, I feel like I've been here for so long, but when I realize that it's been 5 whole months I find myself wondering where all the time went. December was a very busy and exciting month, which was exactly what I needed.   Read More...

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