Youth Exchanges (RYE)

Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs. Are you interested in learning a new language or meeting new people? Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing your own culture and embracing a new one, you help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about yourself and your home country in the process.

Is Youth Exchange right for me?

Exchanges are for people ages 15–19 who:

  • Have demonstrated leadership in their school and community
  • Are flexible and willing to try new things
  • Are open to cultural differences
  • Can serve as an ambassador for their own country

How much does it cost?

Costs vary from country to country. Local Rotary clubs generously host students and provide room and board with a host family and a small monthly stipend. Participants are generally responsible for:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Insurance
  • Travel documents (such as passports and visas)
  • Spending money, additional travel, and tour fees

How can I apply?

Contact your local Rotary club to learn more about the Long Term Scholarship Program and the Short Term Scholarship Program. The application deadline for both programs is November 1st. Applications must be submitted to your Sponsor Rotary Club. 

Contact Info

Michael Pugh
(214) 693-8025
Email Michael

Jay Stevenson
(214) 384-4086
Email Jay

Can I host an exchange student

Hosting an exchange student can be an incredibly rewarding experience for your family, providing an international experience without leaving home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities. Interested in learning more about being a host family? Contact a Rotary club near you.

RYE Scholarship

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RYE Downloads

Host Family Application

Short Term EP Application

Long Term Application

Volunteer Application



South Central RYE