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Study Abroad!

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

2024 – 2025

 

Applications for the 2024 – 2025 Exchange Year  will be available on this website on August 1, 2023.  The deadline for submitting the application is November 1, 2023.

 

 

 

 

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

The application period for the 2024-2025 Exchange year is open.

Student Journals

2023-24 Natalie, outbound to Spain Sept. 26, 2023

2023-24 Natalie, outbound to Spain Sept. 26, 2023

I’ve been in Spain for a little over three weeks and I’ve learned a lot. A lot about my family and how they run their house, a lot about my school and the rules they have and a lot about Spain in general. I also learned that nobody seems to talk about just how hard it...

2023-24 Allie, outbound to Sweden Sept. 25, 2023

2023-24 Allie, outbound to Sweden Sept. 25, 2023

My birthday is already only a few days away, meaning I’ve been on my exchange for almost two months now which is crazy to think about. In the beginning, it felt as if time was going on at a steady pace but now it's as if everyday is moving at x2 speed. Although, this...

2023-24 Isaac, outbound to Finland Sept. 20, 2023

2023-24 Isaac, outbound to Finland Sept. 20, 2023

Welcome back to my Journal, I am about a month and a half into my exchange and so many things have happened. I started school which has been so different but so cool at the same time, it’s a bit hard to make friends but I am managing. I never thought of school being...

2023-24 Sam, outbound to Hungary Sept. 20, 2023

2023-24 Sam, outbound to Hungary Sept. 20, 2023

I have been on exchange for almost four weeks now, which means almost 10% of it is already gone. It’s going too fast! It is pretty much exactly what I wanted. Every day feels like something new. I have slightly less independence here, which I have been really...

2023-24 Owen, outbound to Netherlands Sept. 19, 2023

2023-24 Owen, outbound to Netherlands Sept. 19, 2023

My last journal was kinda cringe because I was bored over the summer, so I'm going to get to the point this time. It's been about a month into my exchange that I'm writing this and everything is going great. I've noticed by now that despite all of the cultural...

2023-24 Gaelyn, outbound to Austria – Sept. 17, 2023

2023-24 Gaelyn, outbound to Austria – Sept. 17, 2023

September 17, 2023 Hello to all my fans reading this right now. I have officially been in Austria for one month… wow! And what a month it has been. So much has happened that I don’t even know where to start. On August 14th I said goodbye to Florida and my family. To...

2023-24 Isaac, outbound to Finland

2023-24 Isaac, outbound to Finland

Hello there, I cannot believe that in less than a week I am leaving for Finland. Time has just flown by in the past year. It is absolutely crazy to think about how fast it came. Out of all the places I got chosen for Finland, I know it might be weird why Finland out...

2023-24 Natalie, outbound to Spain

2023-24 Natalie, outbound to Spain

Wow, the fact that I leave for Spain in almost a month has definitely snuck up on me, and while that's terrifying, though I cannot be more excited for this journey. Of course I kept the soon-to-be reality of leaving for a completely different country as some wild,...

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STUDY ABROAD

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.

The Rotary Youth Exchange study abroad program will be one of your greatest lifetime experiences.