About Youth Exchange Scholarships

As a Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship student, you’ll spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country. Our Short-term students often complete their exchange between school years.

Whether you participate in Rotary’s long-term or short-term Youth Exchange Scholarship programs, you’ll learn a new way of living, a great deal about yourself, and a maybe even a new language. You will be an ambassador for Canada, teaching people you meet about your country, culture, and ideas. You can help bring the world closer — and make some good friends in the process.

District 5550 Exchange Scholarship students routinely describe the experience as the best of their lives. Their lives are enriched by the experiences of the year, by their new linguistic skills, and by the friends and contacts they make.

For over 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students each year participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary clubs.

Globally minded

Rotary clubs are made up of volunteers who are involved in community service, emphasize high ethical standards, and work toward peace and understanding in the world. Over 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 32,000 clubs create the extensive network that provides support for Youth Exchange.

A commitment to youth

Rotary maintains a strong connection to youth and young adults. Besides Youth Exchange, Rotary clubs sponsor youth service clubs and offer career development and mentoring programs.

Rotary is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in its programs, including Youth Exchange.

Low costs

Rotary club volunteers administer the program at the local level, which helps keep costs low for students and their families. These volunteers often offer years of experience with students, host families, and fellow Rotarians who are involved in the program. More information about costs can be found on the documents specific to applying for your preferred program.

Where will my exchange be?

Exchange in District 5550 can take place with many countries. Currently we have Long Term Scholarship Students in 13 countries, and in various regions within these countries. This list is constantly reviewed but contains the following countries: Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, Taiwan, Japan, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Our Short Term Students are not limited to the countries above, but we see these used most frequently for this program as well.