You will depart in late summer (July, August or September) and return in June or July. Dates vary according to your local organization.
You will be placed with a pre-screened volunteer host family. Host families may be located anywhere throughout Germany in urban, suburban or rural communities, and may or may not speak English.
You will attend the local high school, or Gymnasium, and all classes will be taught in German. You will be expected to attend classes and actively engage in the academic curriculum of your school. The same applies whether your are a current U.S. high school student or recent graduate at the start of the program.
Program staff and volunteers both in the U.S. and Germany are available by phone or email to answer questions and provide support throughout the program. A specific contact person will be provided to you upon arrival and will be available throughout your stay in Germany to assist with any questions you may have.
Please ask your high school guidance counselor or university representative if you may receive credit for courses taken in Germany. Many students complete the courses required for graduation during summer school before or after they return from Germany. Some students receive college credit for the German language skills acquired on the program. We strongly encourage you to be in touch with your school officials as soon as possible to ascertain whether or not you will receive credit, and to begin to plan accordingly.
As the aim of the program is to provide a true immersion experience, you will not be permitted to return home for the winter holidays, birthdays, graduations, etc. Exceptions can be made for emergency situations, which are determined on a case by case basis by your regional organization.
Scholarship selection committees review applications and make decisions by late spring. See the timeline on the application and selection page for more detailed information.
CBYX is administered regionally by five well-established international exchange organizations. Your local organization is determined by your home region in the U.S. See application and selection to find the contact for your regional organization. All administering organizations have long histories of experience in international education, as well as a strong support network in both the United States and Germany.
Yes! The CBYX program is a reciprocal exchange; in addition to the 250 American students studying in Germany every year, a similar number of German students also come to the U.S. and live with volunteer host families.
As a reciprocal exchange program, CBYX encourages the sharing of cultures and development of international friendships. While hosting a German exchange student is absolutely not a prerequisite for program participation, we encourage your family to consider this rewarding international opportunity. German students come with their own spending money and medical insurance. Volunteer host families provide them with a place to sleep, a place to study, three meals a day, and support and encouragement throughout their year in the U.S. As you complete the outbound application process, please discuss the option of hosting an inbound student with your family. Click here to find out more.