North Star Rotary Youth Exchange



“If all 17-year-olds had a chance to be a Rotary Youth Exchange Student, there would be no more war.”
-- Carl Wilhelm Stenhammar, president of Rotary International, 2005-06

The Minneapolis South Rotary Club participates in North Star Rotary Youth Exchange, the premier high school exchange organization in the world. The North Star region has hosted and sent students since 1968 and is a well-respected program world-wide.

The program offers a year-long high school exchange experience to students are between the ages of 15 and 19. Come discover the world with us by becoming or hosting an exchange student.

The application period for the 2020-21 school year is OPEN.
The application period for the Summer 2020 programs is OPEN.

Important information:
Student/Parent Info Meeting: October 24, 6:45 p.m., Webber Park Library -or- October 29, 6:30 p.m., Hosmer Library
Application Due Date, Year-Long: November 22
Application Due Date, Summer Programs: Priority deadline is November 22, though applications accepted through February
Club Interview Date: November TBD
District Interview Date: December 7 in Roseville

How To Be An Exchange Student

Expand your world with a year as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. We offer both academic year programs and summer programs. Here are the first steps to one of the best, most influential summer or years of your life:

• Check out the official website at and get excited about this program!

• Join the Minneapolis Rotary Youth Exhange Facebook page for program updates and information:

Applications for the 2020-21 exchange year are due to North Star Rotary Youth Exchange by November 22. Students who live or attend school in Minneapolis: your district is 5950 and your club is Minneapolis South. Follow this link to the application:

• All Minneapolis applicants will be interviewed by the club, likely November 25 or 26. 

• Qualified candidates will go on to District Interviews 

• Accepted candidates are notified in early December

• Accepted candidates attend four mandatory orientations: three before departure; one upon return

How To Host An Exchange Student
Minneapolis South Rotary is excited to welcome fun, enthusiastic teenagers to our community and to our public schools. We have sent students to South, Washburn, Roosevelt and Southwest.

Host families are a vital link to the program, and very much appreciated in the Minneapolis South Rotary Club.

Hosting is shared between three families for 3-4 months each, while going to the same school the entire year. It’s a short period of time, but can result in long-term friendships and an expanded meaning of “family.”

Host responsibilities include providing food, shelter, guidance and acceptance to a teenager. The Minneapolis South Rotary Club will pay for school lunches and provide a high level of local support to the student and host family.

The most important host family trait is a sincere desire to host. Single parents, young families, empty-nesters, families with teens, same-sex couples, retirees and childless families can all provide a GREAT host experience, and receive much in return. 

For more information on Minneapolis South's program, being an exchange student or hosting an exchange student, contact Lynn Keillor at or 612-287-0869.