Rotary's Youth Exchange program is open to young men and women, generally between the ages of 15 - 19 years, the sons and daughters of Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike. Applicants are selected by a sponsoring Rotary Club on the basis of a written application and a personal interview.

A long-term exchange is of an academic year's duration, during which a student lives with more than one family and attends school in the host country.

A short term exchange, which may vary from several weeks to 3 months. It does not include an academic program but students attend school in their host country.

Exchanges can occur between any two countries in which there are Rotary Clubs.

Rotary Clubs in approximately 60 different countries annually sponsor or host Youth Exchange Students. A thorough orientation program for students and their parents is provided by the sponsoring Rotary Club.

The host Rotary Club provides support and guidance on the receiving end of the exchange. While room and board for the exchangee is provided by the host family, the student and their family assumes certain financial obligations. These include round-trip transportation, clothing, health insurance, and incidental expenses (pocket money) for the student.

For long term exchangees, the host Rotary Club will provide a modest monthly allowance and usually pays the students tuition for all required academic programs.