Rotary Youth Exchange Program

Applying for 2018-2019 school year abroad

Important Dates:
NOTE: The Wooster Rotary Club is in the process of finalizing dates and location for meetings and deadlines for the 2018-19 year abroad application process. For those who express interest using THIS LINK, you will be on our mailing list an receive emails with appropriate updates regarding the process.
In general, this is the timeline of events (exact dates and locations will be announced soon):
  • IMPORTANT:  September 24, 2017 from 2-4 pm --  There will be an informational session in Andrews Library on the College of Wooster campus, in the APEX section which is on the lower level and can best be accessed from behind the Library (west).  You can park on University and take the walk behind the Library, past the main rear entrance doors at your right, going almost to the end of the building until you reach doors that say 'APEX'.  Or, you can park in the parking lot just north of the Library and walk down to the back where the 'APEX' doors will be your first doors on the left. Please bring at least one parent with you/more are welcome! Please attend if you are interested, even if you are not sure for which year you might apply.

  • October 2017 -- Online applications must be finalized and submitted by this time. Click here to start application process
  • IMPORTANT - October 18, 2017 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm -- There will be a help session (required) for parents and students to take a look at on-line application progress to date and trouble-shoot any issues leading up to the application deadline of October 31st. WHERE: Pounden Hall at OSU OARDC campus 1363 Gerlaugh Drive Wooster.
  • November 2017  -- Local interviews of students and parents who have completed the online application. Interview times will be by appointment.
  • Early December 2017 -- District interviews of students and parents who have completed the online application and who have been approved through the local interviews. Interview times will be by appointment.
  • End of December 2017 -- Students notified of their acceptance status into the program for the 2018-2019 exchange year.
  • January through May 2018 --  Monthly overnight sessions hosted by various clubs throughout the district. All of these overnight sessions are mandatory for students accepted into the program for the 2018-2019 exchange year.
CLICK HERE to begin the official on-line application process ONLY AFTER you have first completed our interest form AND attended our September information meeting.



Every year more than 7000 students learn about the world in a unique manner. Instead of studying the culture, history and accomplishments of a society in school, they immerse themselves in the day-to-day life of the country. They live the culture and gain a deeper understanding of both themselves and the world.
As these young people become adults, many become leaders in their communities and bring the benefits of their world-view to these positions. As a result the Rotary Exchange program is a powerful force in the promotion of tolerance and peace throughout the world.
Rotary Youth Exchange Program is open to any student with good character and academic performance. Rotary seeks mature students in good academic standing who are involved in their school and community. Most students choose to participate after graduation although the exchange program is open to students between the age of 15 and 18½ at the time of exchange (generally mid-August). The exchange program is for one full year.
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