Updated: Nov 13, 2020
Jointly funded by the German Bundestag and the U.S. Congress, the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) is a full scholarship exchange program that annually offers 250 young Americans the opportunity to live with a host family and attend high school in Germany for an academic year. CIEE selects 100 students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds from across the US to become CBYX youth ambassadors.
The CBYX program is for motivated high school students who want to experience a different culture and learn a language through a full immersion experience. Academic merit, as well as motivation, curiosity and flexibility are key components to a competitive application. Previous German language experience is not required. Participants become fluent in German, earn a competitive edge in college applications and can connect with a global network of other State Department program alumni upon completion of the program.
This is also an excellent gap year program for those between high school and college as long as they meet the age requirements. Students between the ages of 15 and 18 ½ with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply. Please find a “Quick Facts” sheet” that provides additional information about the CBYX program.
You can also visit the ECA website or www.ciee.org/cb for more information. The online application can be found at www.usagermanyscholarship.org. Our application deadline is Tuesday, December 3, 2019.