Rotary Study Abroad Program

The Rotary Clubs of District 5970 invite high school students to apply for a Rotary scholarship to study abroad for one year.


Rotary International is the largest humanitarian service organization in the world.  Students will be housed in foreign homes and receive support from Rotarians in a local Rotary club.


To have an experience of a lifetime by being an ambassador to the world.  Live, learn, and grow in a foreign culture by building life-long skills and relationships.


Exchange programs are available in most foreign countries, and effort is made to place students in a country that allows them to use their second language.


An applicant must be in high school and between 15.5 years old and 19 years old at the departure date (usually August/September of the following year). High school students from the northern half of Iowa are invited to apply. Candidates should have at least two years of foreign language study prior to their exchange.


Early November: Applications are due to local clubs for participation in the program for the following academic year
Mid-November: Club Interviews (date and location will vary)
Early to Mid-December: District Interviews (location to be announced)
January - March: Three REQUIRED Training weekends 
April/May: District Conference Weekend (required event)
July: Iowa RYLA (required)
August/September: Year-long exchange begins

NOTE: For exact dates please use the calendar link on the left menu.


Visit Complete the Rotary Youth Exchange application form including all necessary signatures and photographs. Submit for review. Applications for study abroad must be received on October/November of the year BEFORE the exchange begins.  Exchanges begin each year in August/September.

Need more info?

Contact District Committee @

ANY Rotary Member to get in touch with a Youth Exchange Coordinator.

For more information on Rotary Youth Exchange Outbound, click here.