Don’t just visit a foreign country, LIVE IT!


The District 6220 Rotary Youth Exchange high school study abroad program in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan allows high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn a new language, discover another culture, and become global citizens, while unlocking their true potential to:

  • Develop lifelong leadership skills
  • Learn a new language and culture
  • Build lasting friendships with students from around the world
  • Appreciate the world of differences that make each of us unique
  • Rotary Youth Exchange becomes part of you, part of your life



How long do exchanges last?

LONG-TERM EXCHANGES last one academic year — 11 months. You will attend high school in a city or town in one of over 40 nations on six continents, and live with host families who will share their lives with you.

For full-year study abroad (August-July), click here


SHORT-TERM EXCHANGES last for three to four weeks, often taking place in the summer when school is not in session.

For short-term summer exchange programs, click here


All students are sponsored by their community’s Rotary Club

Find your local Rotary Club by clicking here or email us if your community does not have a local Rotary Club.


Rotary Youth Exchange builds world peace
~ one student at a time ~

“Learning English was one thing, but getting completely immersed into a new culture, families, friends from all over the world was an incredible gift. Rotary Youth Exchange taught me so much about respecting, loving and embracing each and every culture on this beautiful blue-green planet.” Vanja Klepac-Ceraj, Croatia to Minocqua, Wisconsin 

“I can never thank enough Rotary for giving me the chance to live this wonderful experience which I still see as the best year of my life” Francoise Hoffelinck, Belgium to Marquette, Michigan 

“Rotary Youth Exchange shaped my future, and gave me the drive and great desire to travel, to understand people and explore their countries. My eyes were opened to realize that even though a culture is different from mine, it’s not wrong but just … different!” Shirley Micklethwait, Zimbabwe to Appleton, Wisconsin