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
  • Keiko, Outbound to Argentina

    Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a great start to this year. Today I’ll talk about how I started 2020!On the night of December 31st, 2019, we had about 20 people over at my house for dinner.   Read More...

  • Amelia, Outbound to Sweden

    Hi everyone, I’m Mya and I’ve just hit 4 months here in Sweden. It’s honestly insane how fast this year is going by.I’m living in Gothenburg, the second-largest city in Sweden which isn’t saying much as the population is only a little more than half a million people. It’s such a cool city and I love the architecture here.   Read More...

  • Daniela, Outbound to Italy

    Heyy everyone, It has been 3 months already and It feels unreal is like I arrived yesterday. I'm currently living in my second host family in Modica, which is located in southeastern Sicily with my host mom Donatella, my host dad Luca and my two little host sisters Anna and Flavia (these little ones are amazing by the way) and we have two cats Fufi and Felix.When I arrived here the only thing I could think of was how I was going to introduce myself and thank my host parents in Italian, I kep...  Read More...

  • Amelia, Outbound to France

    So it’s been awhile since my last journal, however it seems like no time has passed at all! Time during exchange can feel nonexistent or incredibly taxing. I moved into my second host family on the 26th of December and it’s a lot different from living in the more rural part of the area.   Read More...

  • Tytus, Outbound to Thailand

    So, my name is Tytus Simmons and I’m the outbound to Thailand, and it has been an amazing adventure so far. Let’s start from the beginning for those of you who are looking for something substantial to read, when thinking about exchange. I have never been on an airplane, so my first flight was out of Tampa International, to the Chicago O'Hare airport.   Read More...

  • Wyatt, Outbound to Hungary

    The winter holidays for me are traditionally spent along side with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Instead of what I previously had been doing, this year I spent it around everybody around me and the friends I have made through my exchange. The whole month of December was very special to me and what happened throughout the month.   Read More...

  • Courtney, Outbound to Spain

    Being in Spain is nothing less than a dream come true but also nothing like I imagined. The rest of the world apparently has a joke about Americans not knowing geography or not knowing anything about anything really other than what goes on in the United States. When I chose the countries I wanted to go to I picked nothing but Spanish countries, (wow, how weird maybe she wants to learn Spanish?).Although this may be a little late for the 20-21 future outbounds, I want everyone to know that is rea...  Read More...

  • Tiana, Outbound to Brazil

    Oi! Hi! I have been living in Belo Horizonte, Brazil for three months now, and I have enjoyed every second.   Read More...

  • Morgannne, Outbound to Lithuania

    It’s definitely past time for a journal. The time since my last journal has been busy, full of more ups and downs than I have experienced in a long time. The last time I was writing, I had just returned from a trip to Spain, and life was great.   Read More...

  • Paola, Outbound to Denmark

    Hej!I am just about half way through my exchange and with each day, I see how much I have changed.I'm not going to sugarcoat it- these past few weeks have been a little rough. This holiday season was a very special one for my family in Florida, so to not be there was very hard. Paired with the grey, rainy and cold Copenhagen weather, it was even harder.   Read More...

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