Mountain & Plains RYE currently exchanges with many different countries around the world. No matter what your tastes or interests, we probably have a country that will work for you. The country list changes from year to year, and placement in a specific country is not guaranteed. Approach this list with a curious, open mind. No matter where you might go, the adventure awaits. You will be asked to give us your top four country choices at the District Interviews. Countries you have chosen will be considered, but are not guaranteed. 


If you are vegetarian, you should consider countries such as India, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand, where such a diet is more the norm. Most of our partner countries will not accommodate major dietary restrictions.  If, however, you have food allergies, are lactose intolerant or have religious dietary restrictions, these needs may be accommodated:
• France strongly prefers that you have some French language proficiency prior to your arrival.
• Some countries do not accept candidates who have tattoos or piercings. You will be asked to remove facial piercings upon arrival.
• Some countries also do not allow you to wear any type of jewelry to school; you must be sure to follow those rules.
• Many countries offer a required language camp soon after arrival; most of these are at additional cost. Information will be available with your acceptance paperwork regarding cost and dates.

Age Requirements

Most students depart for their host countries in late July or August.  A student must be at least 15 ½ (15 years, 6 months) at time of departure to be eligible to participate in the RYE program.  Some countries require inbound students to be 16 at the time of arrival.  A student cannot be older than 17 ½ (17 years, 6 months) on the departure date.  Although a very few countries will accept a GAP year student (one who has graduated high school), D5470 cannot accept foreign students who have completed 12 years of high school, so our practice is not to accept applications from American students who are currently seniors.