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
  • Sabrina, Outbound to France

    Well, welcome to my first Rotary Journal.I’ve been in France for nearly 3 months and it has been by far the best three months of my life, but there were some hard times as well. Let’s start from the beginning, I arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport on August 27th, 2019. There I was welcomed by my first and second host family as well as many other Rotarians and Inbounds.   Read More...

  • Hannah, Outbound to Thailand

    This is my first blog. I have been in Thailand for a almost 3 month I am really enjoying it here. They drive very small cars and they drive a lot differently then in the USA the roads are narrower and they drive very fast and they also are a lot more aggressive in how they drive and will just pull in front of someone and not care how close they are and the will also go around people even on narrow roads and they will nearly hit people and other cars.   Read More...

  • Nikos, Outbound to Spain

    Hola! I have officially been in Spain for two months, though it feels as though I’ve been here for only a week. Spain has been an amazing experience and I can’t wait to share all of my news with you guys in this journal.Here I am living in the beautiful city of Tres Cantos, just a 20-minute train ride to the center of Madrid.   Read More...

  • Imani, Outbound to Brazil

    Boa noite! I am writing you from my home for one year- the easternmost Point of the Americas: João Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil. The weather is warm, the people are vibrant, the food is incredible, and the beaches are extraordinary.Here, I live on the first floor of an apartment building ten blocks away from the beach with my host mother, Flaviana; my host father, Marcos; my live-in maid, Nadi; and my host dog Simon.   Read More...

  • Sanoor, Outbound to Czechia

    Ahoj a vítejte na mém deníku! Hello and welcome to my journal! I have spent over 60 days in Prague, Czechia so far and in that time it feels like there are an infinite number of events that have occurred worth sharing here.   Read More...

  • Morganne, Outbound to Lithuania

    Labas! Currently, I am writing this journal on a trip back from Spain with my host family. This vacation, besides being beyond enjoyable (full of beautiful views and delicious food) (BIG thank you to my awesome host family for bringing me along), it also made me realize some things about my exchange.   Read More...

  • Keiko, Outbound to Argentina

    ¡Hola! Hello! こんにちわ !Two months ago I landed in Argentina, and to be completely honest, I wanted to go back to the US or to Japan.   Read More...

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