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
  • Bronwen, Outbound to Croatia

    Click HERE to read more about Bronwen and all her blogsWhen first arriving to Croatia I wanted to update this blog once a month. Well, you can see how that turned out. Now don’t get me wrong, I was going to update it on time.   Read More...

  • Em, Outbound to Brazil

    Click HERE to read more about Em and all her blogsEven though it has only been just over a month since my last blog, a lot has happened. I went on my first Rotary trip to Pantanal and Bonito, I had my 19th birthday, and I am getting ready to go to the beach with my host family and one of the other inbounds here from Mexico. I can't believe how quickly this year has gone, I have been here for 115 days and it feels like yesterday I arrived but in reality I am over ¼ through my exchange ...  Read More...

  • Hailey, Outbound to Chile

    Click HERE to read more about Hailey and all her blogsIt's crazy that I am already entering my third month abroad. These past few weeks have been full of lots of learning, growing and fun! I have finally adjusted to life here and have settled into a new routine.   Read More...

  • Audrey, Outbound to Italy

    Click HERE to read more about Audrey and all her blogsToday is November 17 which means that I have been in Italy for a little over two months. I never actually believed the other exchange students when they said that time flies on exchange because ten months seems like a fairly long time but they really weren't lying! It has ALREADY been over two months?!   Read More...

  • Will, Outbound to Hungary

    Click HERE to read more about Will and all his blogsHi everyone! This past month has been absolutely amazing! The weekend after I published my last blog, I went on a Rotary trip to Vienna with the other exchange students.   Read More...

  • Grace, Outbound to Croatia

    Click HERE to read more about Grace and all her blogs2 months and 16 days into my exchange...Where am I?I live in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Seen in Star Wars every once and a while, and known for its role as Kings Landing in the HBO series Game of Thrones. Now, when I say I live IN Dubrovnik I truly mean it!   Read More...

  • Destiny, Outbound to Poland

    Click HERE to read more about Destiny and all her blogsI am almost at my 3-month mark here in Poland. I really do believe that this is a life within a year and not just a year within my life. I have seen and done so much already.   Read More...

  • Dani, Outbound to France

    Click HERE to read more about Dani and all her blogsTwo months have passed by already in France! It has been a roller coaster with various highs and lows this past month that I wanted to share. The first weekend of October, I went along with other exchangers from my school on a field trip to the region of Auvergne.   Read More...

  • Cindy, Outbound to Korea

    Click HERE to read more about Cindy and all her blogsSo, I’ve been in Korea for about a month and a half and I’ve written this journal about five different times trying to figure out how to perfectly sum up the fact that choosing to go on this exchange has been the best decision of my life.I think I’m just going to start out with the people I’ve been lucky enough to meet. When you’ve been in the same area, around the same people for your whole life you don’t r...  Read More...

  • Annie, Outbound to Thailand

    Click HERE to read more about Annie and all her blogsIt has been 3 months seen I've been in Thailand. A lot of things have happened and I'll try to touch on all of them. I've finally settled in my host family, school, and community.   Read More...

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