Application process

Who can Apply

If you are a high school student between the ages of 15 and 17 (Long-Term students must be younger than 18 years on date of departure), then you are eligible for Rotary Youth Exchange. As the oldest exchange program of its kind, Rotary Youth Exchange takes pride in choosing qualified applicants who are academically above average, articulate, and demonstrate community leadership skills.

Ideal candidates should also possess qualities like flexibility and a willingness to try new things that will enable them to become excellent cultural ambassadors. You do not have to be involved with Rotary in any way in order to apply, although children of Rotarians are more than welcome to participate.

When to Apply

As the Rotary Youth Exchange program is highly selective, you should apply early up to a year in advance of when you wish to leave. If you are wondering why it is necessary to apply so early, once you are selected, your sponsoring Rotary club and district will work to prepare you for your year away. You will be guided through a series of orientation sessions so you'll be ready for your new life in a new country.

How to Apply

The selection process may vary by district and country, but most students apply to a Rotary Club in their hometown or a nearby town as the first step. To locate Rotary clubs in your area, please use the city search program in the Club Locator section of our Rotary International website. As Rotary clubs are named after the cities in which they meet, chances are you will find a club very close to you. If, however, there is no Rotary club where you live, enter the name of the closest large city to your town. The student will likely be interviewed by this Rotary Club and if this club agrees to sponsor the student, the student will go through another round of interviews at the district level before a final decision is reached.

If the student is accepted into the program, the youth exchange committee will assign them a host country and send the student's paperwork to that country. The student may or may not be guaranteed their first choice of country. The committee may take a variety of factors into consideration when making host country selections, including the countries the student is most interested in, language skills, the number of students wanting to go to each country, and where the Rotarians feel is the best suited country for the student. Numerous countries have set requirements or restrictions which can very each year. For example, some countries will not accept Post-Graduates or Vegetarians. Another way some districts decide on countries is a scoring interview. In these districts, if three students request France as their first choice and the district can only send one student to France, Rotarians may send the student that scored highest on their interview.

After the host country's youth exchange program receives the student's paperwork, they will assign the student to a host Rotary Club. The host club will get a variety of signatures on the paperwork and then send part of it back to the student's home Rotary as a guarantee of the student's placement. These forms are usually necessary for the student to receive a visa to stay in the host country.

News and Events 2016
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Applications are now OPEN for the 2016/2017 intake. Please apply with your local Rotary club.

District Interviews will be held on the 13 February 2016.

Orientation 1 will be held from the 4th - 6th March 2016.