Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time.
Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.
What are the benefits?
Exchange students unlock their true potential to:

  • Develop lifelong leadership skills
  • Learn a new language and culture
  • Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world
  • Become a global citizen

How long do exchanges last?
The Rotary club of dubuque only sponsors long-term exchanges last a full academic year, and students attend local schools in their host country and live with multiple host families.

What are the costs?
Room and board are provided, as well as any school fees. Students are usually responsible for:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • International Health Insurance
  • Travel documents (such as passports and visas)
  • International Program Expenses
  • Spending money and any additional travel or tours

How can I apply?

Candidates are 15-18.5 years old and are leaders in their schools and communities. Rotary Club of Dubuque will seek Exchange Student applicants for the 2020-21 program in summer/fall of 2019. One area high school student will be selected by the Dubuque Rotary Club to study abroad in a foreign high school. Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 18.5 years old on September 1, 2020, and have at least 2 years of foreign language study prior to their exchange. Applications can be obtained online at and are due to the Dubuque Rotary Club no later than October 15, 2019. Club interviews will be conducted in October and District interviews will be conducted in November.
Can I host an exchange student?
Hosting an exchange student can be incredibly rewarding for your family, bringing an international experience directly into your home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities. All host families are screened and trained.

If you’re interested in learning more about being an exchange student or a host family, contact our local Youth Exchange Officer