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 states will apply to CBYX through Youth For Understanding USA: AL, AR, IL, IN, IA, LA, MI, MS, MO, TN, and WI.

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 YFU USA 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.

Youth For Understanding USA

6856 Eastern Avenue NW
Suite 310
Washington, DC  20012
1-800-TEENAGE (800.833.6243)

Youth For Understanding USA (YFU) advances intercultural understanding, life-long learning, global competencies, mutual respect, and social responsibility through transformational educational exchanges for generations of youth, families, and communities, supported by dedicated volunteers and professional staff. YFU helps participants broaden their perspectives through immersive experiences that share a culture from the inside out, promoting the understanding that we are all citizens of one world. YFU cultural exchange programs provide the ultimate reality check to a worldview based on stereotypes.

Since 1951, more than 270,000 exchange students, their host families, and 12,000+ worldwide volunteers have benefited from YFU’s study abroad programs. The YFU global network remains united by the belief that full cultural immersion is the most effective means to gain the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly multicultural, interconnected and competitive global society.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange © Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State,
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
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