Program Information

Spending time abroad with Rotary Youth Exchange is a once in a lifetime experience. Your exchange will encompass different phases that will give you opportunities to grow in new ways and experience a new culture and ideas.

Here is a great story about how lives are changed through Rotary Youth Exchange, Dare to Dream.

The purpose of the Rotary Youth Exchange program is to provide secondary school students with the opportunity to travel abroad, live with a host family, and experience life firsthand in a different country, school, and social environment. Exchange students will gain lifelong advantages through an expanded world view and greater appreciation of the world.

For more information, read A Primer for Exchange Students on the Rotary International site.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be the child of a Rotarian to apply?
The applicant may be, but is not required to be a son or daughter of a Rotarian.

Where should I go if I am a vegetarian?
Vegetarians may choose India, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand only. Our exchange countries will not accommodate vegan requirements.

How old do I have to be to apply?
Each country has different age restrictions. See the age restrictions section for more information.

Will there be language training?
Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Russia, Chile, Sweden, and Japan may require language camp upon arrival in host country (at student’s expense). List may be subject to change. France requires French language proficiency (you must take the French Language Proficiency test on Interview Day).

Are there any restrictions if I have tattoos or piercings?
France does not accept candidates who have tattoos/piercings.

Countries and Age Requirements

North Star District (Rotary District 5950/5960) Youth Exchange of Southern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin currently exchanges with many different countries around the world. No matter what your tastes or interests, we probably have a country that will work for you.

Listed below are the countries (subject to change) with which we anticipate exchanging during 2008-2009. Following the country is the maximum age that a candidate may be as of departure, expressed in years/months. Some of the countries that list 18/6 as the maximum age may consider older candidates. This will be determined on an individual basis. No candidate who will become 19 years of age on or prior to a country’s anticipated departure date will be considered. (Note: the receiving country has the option to determine the approximate departure date. Most students depart in July or August.)

NOTE: The actual list of countries that our district exchanges with may differ from the list below.

Africa Exchange Programs
South Africa (18, 6 months)

Asia Exchange Programs
India (19)
Japan (19)
Russia (18)
South Korea (19)
Taiwan (19)
Thailand (18, 11 months)

Australia Exchange Programs
New Zealand (17)

Europe Exchange Programs
Austria (18)
Belgium (age TBD)
Czech Republic (age TDB)
Denmark (17, 11 months)
Finland (18, 6 months)
France (18, 6 months)
Germany (18)
Italy (18)
Lithuania (18, 6 months)
Norway (18)
Poland (17)
Slovakia (17)
Spain (18, 6 months)
Sweden (18, 11 months)
Switzerland (18)
Turkey (18)

North America Exchange Programs
Mexico (18, 6 months)

South America Exchange Programs
Argentina (18)
Brazil (19)
Chile (18)
Ecuador (18, 6 months)
Paraguay (18, 6 months)

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Applications for Outbound students for 2014-15 are closed until October 2014 for the Outbounds in 2015-16.