Rotary Club of Portland: Service Above Self

Youth Exchange

Youth Exchange

International exchange scholarships for high school students

 For Interested Exchange Students

The Rotary Youth Exchange Program is an exchange student program for high school students to spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country. Whether you participate in Rotary’s long-term or short-term Youth Exchange programs, you’ll learn a new way of living, a great deal about yourself, and maybe even a new language. You’ll also be an ambassador, 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.  More than 8,000 young people internationally participate in Rotary Youth Exchange programs each year.

The Rotary Club of Portland typically sponsors three inbound and three outbound students for the Long-Term Exchange, usually high school juniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants for the year-long program apply in a competitive selection process at the end of their freshman year.  If selected, they spend their sophomore year in training and their junior year abroad.   The short term exchange is a Summer program family to family exchange.  Student eligibility will run from the summer between the eighth grade and freshman year of high school to the summer between the junior and senior year of college.

Preliminary applications for the long-term program are due in April with interviews held in May.  Students spend the year after they are selected in orientations and go on the exchange the following year.

Applications for the short-term program are due in October.

Preliminary Application


  For Interested Host Families

Hosting an exchange student is a fun and enriching for the whole family. Each host family hosts a visiting student for a part of the school year - usually for three or four months. During that time the student is treated as a member of the family, - not a guest - with the same privileges and responsibilities as other family members.

Want to learn more about hosting an inbound or becoming an outbound exchange student?

Please check the District Website for more information