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
  • Kaitlyn, Outbound to France

    Bonjour! Wow, I can’t believe I have already been on the wonderful Côte d’Azur for five weeks. This last month has felt like one of the longest, but also one of the quickest months in my life.   Read More...

  • Marley, Outbound to Slovakia

    Ahojte! Oh, I have no idea where to start, this has truly been a life changing experience and it has only been a little more than a month of me living here. Time really does fly.   Read More...

  • Liam, Outbound to Taiwan

    So I’ve been in Taiwan for about 6 weeks. I don’t know if that news will shock you but it absolutely STUNNED me. My first month of 10 went by like THAT.   Read More...

  • Paola, Outbound to Denmark

    Hello!These last two months in Copenhagen have been unbelievable. It's hard to know where to begin, so I'll just write as things come to me.Copenhagen is a fairly small city so it's very easy to get around by either walking, taking the train/metro, or biking. They have a strong biking culture here, and it's reallllll transportation- nothing like those leisure bike rides on the beach.   Read More...

  • Keiko, Outbound to Argentina

    ¡Hola! Hello! こんにちわ !One month ago today (August 26th, 2019), I landed in Ezeiza International Airport and my new life in Argentina began.   Read More...

  • Emily, Outbound to Austria

    Servus! Another month has passed here in Austria, and I have started settling into a more “normal” life. My school started at the beginning of September, and it has been interesting.Academically, school is not too difficult for me.   Read More...

  • Aleida, Outbound to Croatia

    Chao! I have been in Croatia for almost a month now (I arrived on August 31st), which is absolutely surreal to think about. It’s so strange how the months of preparation preceding my arrival felt like they would never end, and now that I’m actually here the speed of time has doubled.   Read More...

  • Alyssa, Outbound to Ecuador

    So, I've lived in Ecuador for a little over a month already (it's so crazy to think about.) I can't believe that it's been a month already, and at the same time I can't believe it's only been a month. Ecuador has been amazing to me and I couldn't be happier! To start I boarded my first plane on August 24th from Orlando to the Miami International Airport then from there to Aeropuerto Internacional José Joaquín De Olmedo in Guayaquil.   Read More...

  • Anne, Outbound to Italy

    Hey everyone! I can't believe that I have already been here for almost a month! It's so crazy it doesn't even feel like it has been a month.   Read More...

  • Keily, Outbound to Japan

    It has been a month and some since I arrived in Japan and I’m loving it here! I have been given so many opportunities to explore new places and meet new people! I am currently attending three schools at the same time, but I don’t mind it.   Read More...

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