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"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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2019-20 CBYX High School Application Now Open!

The CBYX 2019-20 application deadline has been extended from December 11 to December 18, 2018. Please select your state from the "apply online" menu on the left side of this page for additional information.

Scholarship Program for High School Students to Study Abroad in Germany

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Offers an Academic Year Abroad in Germany

Washington, D.C. – Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) has launched its national 2019-20 academic year scholarship for high school students and recent graduates to study abroad in Germany. 250 scholarships are now available from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to fund students for an academic year of study and cultural immersion. Scholarship recipients will gain new perspectives on global current affairs and German social, economic and political life, all while learning the German language through day-to-day life in the culture, attending a local high school and living with a host family. Participants serve as “youth ambassadors” from the United States while participating in educational, cultural and political events, including receptions and meetings with government officials.

Created in 1983 during the Reagan Administration, CBYX strengthens U.S.-German relations by forging lasting ties of deeper understanding. Over the past 35 years, the program has reinforced transatlantic ties between Americans and Germans who engage in the program both as participants and hosts. Representative Jim Himes of Connecticut finds exchanges like CBYX “are of particular importance in today’s global economy. These programs provide an unequaled understanding of world cultures – one that can translate into the success of American businesses, growth of the U.S. economy, and increased global and national security.”

CBYX is administered by a partnership of non-profit exchange organizations: AFS-USA, ASSE, CIEE, and YFU USA. To learn more about CBYX in your state, including information about eligibility and how to apply for the 2019-20 academic year, visit www.usagermanyscholarship.org and select your state from the "apply online" menu! Applications must be submitted by the extended deadline of 11:59PM Pacific on December 18, 2018.

The CBYX post-secondary programs, CBYX for Young Professionals and CBYX for Vocational Program are both also accepting applications for the 2019-20 programs.

CBYX in the News
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Connecting in Germany
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Sofia's First Days in Germany
Maddie's Year in Germany
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