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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.

Exchange Year

2025 – 2026


Long Term Program

Applications for the 2025 – 2026 Exchange Year will be available on this website on August 1, 2024.  The deadline for submitting the application is October 15, 2024

For more information on the program, the application and selection, process please contact your District Chair or Youth Exchange Officer.


Short Term Program

The Short-Term Exchange Program (STEP) is offered in some, but not all, districts in Rotary Youth Exchange Southeast.  Please check your  district’s page for more information on the Short-Term Exchange Program, its availability, and application information for summer 2025.






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


2023-24 Gabe, outbound to Thailand

2023-24 Gabe, outbound to Thailand

Journal Entry #1, 9/14/23 I arrived in Bangkok on August 14 and It has been the best time of my life ever since. It took me 25 hours to get here and getting off the plane and seeing my host family was one of the best feelings in the world knowing I made it. First...

2023-24 Juliann, outbound to Sweden

2023-24 Juliann, outbound to Sweden

Journal Entry #1, 9/11/23 Hej allihopa! I cannot believe it has already been a month here! I arrived on August 2nd with no issues in the airport. During the flight I met a woman who is a part of Rotary and had done a short term exchange when she was younger. It is...

2022-23 Revie, outbound to France

2022-23 Revie, outbound to France

Journal Entry #1, 10/27/22 Bonjour everyone!It has been around two months since I arrived in France, which is wild to think about. Time is flying by and I've already made so many memories. My first host family lives in the city of Nancy, which has a population of...

2022-23 Nessa, outbound to Italy

2022-23 Nessa, outbound to Italy

Ciao! I have been here in Italy for almost two months! It’s so crazy for me to think about! I have had so much fun! I arrived on the 12th of September at the Alghero Airport where I met my host mom. We went home, ate dinner, I went to sleep and woke up the next...