The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals is a full-year scholarship program to Germany with a strong focus on cultural exchange. It is designed to give participants understanding for everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany and the United States; German language knowledge is not required, though recommended. CBYX is intended primarily for young adults in business, technical, vocational, engineering, and agricultural fields, though participants from all fields are encouraged to apply.
75 Americans and 75 Germans participate in the program each year. For American participants, the 12-month program begins in late July, and consists of 2 months intensive German language-training, the equivalent of 1 semester at a German University or College of Applied Sciences, and a 5-month internship in the participant's career field. In the US, the program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State. In Germany, the program is funded through the Administration of the Bundestag [German parliament].
-be between 18 and 24 years of age at the start of the program
-possess a high school diploma
-exhibit clear career goals and some relevant experience in their career field (experience can be work, internship, or volunteer)
-have a strong interest in German and international affairs, as well as a strong sense of American identity
-be flexible, independent, and diplomatic
Fields of Study:
- Arts and Creative Fields
- Business and Law
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
- Social Sciences and Humanities
- Professional Opportunity
- US Citizen
- US National or Permanent Resident
- Round trip airfare; 2-month German language school costs; 4 months' tuition; housing costs; monthly living stipend; program-related travel in Germany; health insurance