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"I now have an insatiable curiosity about international relations; I truly feel that my CBYX experience has transformed me into a Global Citizen."

– Mackenzie Nelson, CBYX alumna
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For Parents:

CBYX values support and safety

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange has been in operation since 1983, with the utmost priority placed on the safety and security of our students. Each of the five renowned organizations that implement the program have been exchanging students for decades, and have extensive support networks in place through staff and volunteers both overseas in Germany as well as in the United States.

Our host families are carefully selected and screened by experienced members of the regional organization in Germany. Upon arrival, each CBYX student is assigned a local coordinator who lives near to the host community. The local coordinator serves as a contact person to whom the student can approach with any issues that may arise, including topics like adjustment, language, or cultural questions. 

Take advantage of a Full Scholarship

As a U.S. State Department sponsored program, CBYX offers the benefit of covering the full cost of your student’s year abroad, a value placed at over $10,000. As a recipient of this scholarship, your son or daughter will be admitted into an elite community of alumni of U.S. State Department programs. Opportunities that may become available include independent grants and further study abroad programs at the high school, university, and professional level.

Give your son or daughter a life-changing opportunity

Every year, literally hundreds of thousands of Americans study abroad in a foreign country with a U.S.-based exchange organization. These students serve as youth ambassadors for the United States, sharing our culture abroad and bringing foreign cultures back to their home communities. Your son or daughter will join a team of Americans who believe that citizen diplomacy can make a difference, and can be a step towards achieving peace through understanding.

For Educators:

Refer a student

Do you know a student who may be interested in studying abroad in Germany with CBYX? If so, refer a student by selecting the student's state under the "Apply Now" tab on the left sidebar, and following the refer a student link. By providing contact information, educators and students will be notified when the application becomes available in the fall, and of any important CBYX updates.

Help your students become Global Citizens

In our current global environment, it is becoming more and more essential for students to develop global competencies. Exposure to intercultural opportunities and full immersion programs like CBYX will teach your students to engage with their surroundings, bringing the classroom into the content of their everyday lives. CBYX scholars return from their year abroad with not only fluency in a new language and appreciation for a new culture, but also with their interest sparked for delving further into international politics, European history, International business and trade, and many other subjects.

Educator Testimonial

"I highly recommend youth exchange programs for every student who is ready for the challenge to explore and learn about a new culture and live it to its fullest extent. Students acquire interrelated linguistic and cultural competencies that will turn them into world citizens in a global world.

For me, the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program has been a life-changing experience: from having a host-sister from Maine, to being an exchange student to California, and having been a German teacher sending students from my school to Germany, no other experience but being an exchange student has made a greater impact in my life."

     Julia D., CBYX 1989 - 1990
     Former Teacher of German, Hoboken, NJ

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