About Rotary Youth Exchange

About Rotary Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities


Rotary, through its international network, offers a unique and exceptional Scholarship opportunity for high school students to spend a year abroad, attending high school in a foreign country, living in the home of citizens of this country and immersing themselves in the language and culture of their host country.

Rotary International is an international humanitarian service organization. One of its missions is to advance international goodwill, understanding and peace around the world. The high-school study-abroad scholarship is one of Rotary’s programs which support this mission.

The Rotary International organization, founded in 1905, is a non-political and non-sectarian association open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. Today there are over 35,000Rotarian member clubs worldwide and approximately 1.2 million individuals, known as Rotarians, living in over 200countries and geographical areas who support our organization.

Since 1929 Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) has been a part of Rotary International and it continues to grow and change lives. Currently, about 9,000 students study abroad on scholarship by Rotary clubs every year.  

For the long-term exchange program, students are sent to another country for a year-long stay, in most cases living with multiple host families during their time abroad. Rotary Youth Exchange are intended to be both educational and cultural. The cultural part includes living with a host family and being expected to perform daily tasks within the household as well as attend school in the host country.   Begin our application process online at: https://yehub.net/S11-obapp

Rotary Youth Exchange also offers a short-term exchange program (STEP) which involves direct student exchanges between two families arranged through Rotary to coincide with major school holiday periods.

Rotary District 6110 Youth Exchange is managed by a group of volunteers and supported by many volunteers at local Rotary Clubs.

If you think you'd like to study abroad for a year we'd like to talk with you. But first spend some time on this site learning about Rotary and Rotary Youth Exchange.

The cost for studying abroad for a year is a shared agreement between you and Rotary District 6110.  We provide a scholarship that includes tuition along with room & board (normally exceeds $20,000.)  The scholarship also includes monthly spending money that is usually around $100 per month.  You cover airfare, health insurance, and some other fees.

Then feel free to reach out directly to one of our team members or fill out this form and we'll be in touch.

Eligibility.  Qualified applicants must be between 15 - 19 at the time of their departure, must be sponsored by a local Rotary club, and must complete a written application.  Both applicant and their parents must be interviewed in person (for 2020 interviews, we will conduct virtual interviews).  Additionally, before acceptance, applicants must pass medical and dental health exams, submit high school transcripts showing above average performance, and be recommended by a high school teacher or counselor.


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Rotary International strives to create and maintain a safe environment for all youth who participate in Rotary Activities. To the best of their ability, Rotarians, Rotarians' spouses and partners, and other volunteers must safeguard the children and young people they come into contact with and protect them from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.


As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders. (April 2019 Mtg, Bd. Dec 134)