How do I Apply?
Central States Rotary Outbound Exchanges promote the program in local schools at either the end of the school year (May/June) or the beginning of the school year (September/October.)
For more details on the application process and any deadlines, contact your local Rotary Club’s Youth Exchange Officer or visit the Districts section of this website to determine which District you live and get the appropriate contact information.
Check here for an Applications form. are available in the Downloads section of this website.
Please do not complete the application until instructed to do so (quite often there is a preliminary interview/selection process before you need to complete the full application.)
Please make sure that you download the correct application for your District.
Application Forms – How to Fill them Out…
Review the instructions provided at least once or twice before completing the application form.
It is important to answer all the questions truthfully when completing the form (even when doing so may be difficult for you.)
Remember to breathe.
The interview that you go through to be selected as a Rotary Exchange Student will probably be more intense and nerve-wracking than any interview you have been through before. However it is important to remember to “be yourself” when being intereviewed. The interview is not a test or measure of how great a person you are–instead it is meant to ensure that you are an appropriate student for Rotary Youth Exchange–and that Rotary Youth Exchange is an appropriate program for you. A year abroad is a significant commitment and a major challenge–so it very important that both YOU and ROTARY benefit from the experience.
and then what happens…?
Sometime in January you will be informed on your country assignment. After that, you have six or seven months to get yourself ready for the experience.