To apply, refer a student or learn more about your CBYX regional organization, please select your state below.
"You get to live with a host family so that you’re really in the culture, not just viewing the culture from a tourist point of view."
– Fiona Oweke, CBYX Alumna
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CBYX is administered regionally by four well-renowned international exchange organizations. Residents of the following regions will apply to CBYX through CIEE: AZ, CO, DC, FL, GA, KS, KY, MN, NC, NE, NM, OH, OK, SC, TX, UT, VA, WV, WY, and Puerto Rico. 

The scholarship is no longer accepting new applicants for the 2019-20 program year. Existing 2019-20 applicants may access applications here.
To register to be notified when the 2020-21 application has opened, please provide your contact details here.

If you are an educator and would like to refer a student from the CIEE region to CBYX, please click here.

Basic Eligibility:
This section will be updated to reflect 2020-21 eligibility, once available. To be considered eligible for a CBYX for 2019-20 scholarship, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • Aged 15 to 18 ½ on August 1 of the program departure year: born between February 1, 2001 and August 1, 2004 for the 2019-20 program
  • A current high school student at the time of application, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
Click here to read additional eligibility criteria from the U.S. Department of State.

Council on International Educational Exchange

Attn: CBYX
300 Fore Street
Portland, ME 04101 


CIEE, the Council on International Educational Exchange, is a non-profit, non-govermental organization dedicated to helping people gain understanding, acquire knowledge and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. Established in 1947, CIEE is a world leader in student exchange services. Each year, we help nearly 50,000 high school and university students as well as young professionals and educators to grow personally and to develop their potential through participation in a wide variety of exchange programs across the globe. CIEE staff are highly trained and are devoted to providing the highest level of service to our global partners and program participants.

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This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State,
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
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