Group Study Exchange (GSE)

Owner:District Group Study Exchange committee

2019-2020 District 7570 (VA/TN) to District 2430 (Turkey, Azerbaijan, and others)

The Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business and professional men and women in their initial years of professional life. Rotary districts in different countries are paired to send and receive professional study groups of four team members and one Rotarian team leader to travel for approximately four weeks, staying in the homes of Rotarians when possible.
Launched in 1965, this dynamic program has built a successful track record at the personal, community, and international level. With good planning, a goal-driven itinerary, and active participation of dedicated Rotarians, a GSE can be an exceptional educational experience for both the visiting GSE team and local Rotarians.
Before applying for the GSE Program, we encourage you to read the GSE Team Handbook for more detailed information on the program including goals, objectives, and expectations.


Additional Information:

It is anticipated that you may not have a current passport and thus, if you are selected to represent Rotary, you will need to immediately apply for a US passport as it takes about two months to process. If you already have a passport, be sure your GSE application reflects the exact name as it appears on your passport and that you have at least a year left before expiration.

Interviews will be held at the Natural Bridge Hotel, Natural Bridge, Virginia. Team leader interviews are scheduled for Sunday, September 8, 2019 and team member interviews are scheduled for Sunday, October 13, 2019.

The team will depart via air from either Roanoke or Dulles airports during May 2020. Tickets will be purchased by Rotary for you and they are not refundable.

Club Endorsement:

Before applying, you must be endorsed by a sponsoring Rotary Club in District 7570. Please have your sponsoring Rotary Club’s President fill out the Club Endorsement Form. You may either upload it within your online application or have the Club President submit it to Karel Ryan at


    Team Leader (Due September 6)
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    Team Member (Due October 11)
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    Medical Certificate (.pdf)

    Insurance Certificate (.pdf)

    Biographical Data Form (.pdf)

    Club Endorsement Form-2019 (.docx)

    GSE Team Handbook 164en (.pdf)

If you have any questions, please contact Karel Ryan at 276-971-3995.

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