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Response to COVID-19

At Rotary Youth Exchange our number one priority is to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the students, host families, and volunteers who participate in our programs around the world. As the global COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic continues to grow, 

Rotary Youth Exchange Florida, Inc.’s Board of Directors has decided to suspend our inbound and outbound programs for 2020 – 2021.

Welcome to the Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship Program


We invite you to explore our site to learn more about our study abroad program, and if it’s right for you, take those first steps toward one of the most amazing and memorable years of your life.

What College Admission says about Youth Exchange:

As an Admissions Counselor and former Rotary Youth 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

Why Study Abroad?


  • Gain a new perspective about the world you live in
  • Become bi-lingual
  • Improve life skills such as resiliency and independence
  • Become more confident
  • Build lifelong friendships around the world
  • Share your culture while learning a new one
  • Improve public speaking skill
  • Set yourself apart on college applications




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Interconnection and Understanding Around the World – Through Rotary’s Exchange Student Program

Are you a high school student who has dreamed of what it would be like to study abroad as a foreign exchange student? The Rotary Youth Exchange program is a low-cost scholarship program tailor-made for you. Almost 10,000 students study abroad every year with Rotary Youth Exchange.

With the Rotary Youth Exchange study abroad programs and scholarships, you will have the opportunity to learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become a global citizen. You can choose to study abroad for a full academic year or during a gap year immediately following high school graduation. If spending an academic year abroad is not your thing, then a short term (summer) exchange, lasting 4-6 weeks, could be the perfect program for you.  Regardless of your choice, the Rotary Youth Exchange study abroad program will be one of your greatest lifetime experiences.

Student Journals


2019-20 Morganne, outbound to Lithuania

2019-20 Morganne, outbound to Lithuania

Hey guys! Just popping in to say I’m just chilling in quarantine.. First I was really lucky to have gone to France before the virus really hit here. I visited my host brother Joris (who my family hosted last year). It was a really wonderful trip for a bunch of...

2019-20 Keiko, outbound to Argentina

2019-20 Keiko, outbound to Argentina

Hey guys! I hope you all are well. In this journal I’ll talk about my school situation, COVID-19 conditions, and what my current life looks like. So far on exchange, my school situation has been quite comical and unique. The academic school year in Argentina is from...

2019-20 Tytus, outbound to Thailand

2019-20 Tytus, outbound to Thailand

This is my second journal entry, the outbound to Thailand, Tytus Simmons, from district 6950. As of now, the Corona Virus is causing us all stress. This unexpected turn of events has my trip cancelled, but this just goes to show that anything can happen while you are...

2019-20 Paola, outbound to Denmark

2019-20 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...