Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)
When the Department of State set out to design new scholarship exchange programs in the 1990s and 2000s, they modeled them on the reputable Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program. Since 1983, CBYX has enabled over 17,000 students to participate in exchange between the U.S. and Germany thanks to shared funding by the U.S. Congress and Bundestag, the German National Parliament. The scholarship’s intent is to build a stronger relationship between the two countries using our most precious resource: youth leaders.
CIEE works in partnership with Experiment e.V., an international exchange organization based in Bonn, Germany. Depending on the direction of the exchange, each company administers the student application process, pre-departure advising, in-country orientation, placement in host homes and schools, and in-country support.
Congress-Bundestag Inbound to the U.S.
Each year, 300 German students between ages 15 and 18 come to the United States from Germany as CBYX participants to live with an American host family and attend high school. CBYX has grown into a successful partnership between the U.S. and Germany and continues to provide highly motivated students insight into the U.S. beyond what they learn from the media. It’s no easy feat to win this honor: in addition to a rigorous application process, Congress-Bundestag students have been interviewed and selected by their parliament member and have a 1 in 33 chance of being awarded the scholarship.
Congress-Bundestag Outbound to Germany
Every year, the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag (Parliament) sponsor the CBYX scholarship, which allows 250 American high school students to live and study in Germany for one year. CIEE is one of five selection organizations, administering 50 highly competitive scholarships to high school students from the American Southeast to live with a host family and attend school in Germany.
CIEE works exclusively with students from Puerto Rico and the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
While participating on the CBYX scholarship program, students become fluent in German, learn about the German culture, and expand their personal horizons by planning and carrying out an Ambassador Project focused on the theme of what it means to be a U.S. youth ambassador. By giving back to the community, students leave an imprint in the form of education, art, or community service with the locals.
Watch this homemade video by Hannah, CBYX student from Berlin, Germany.
CBYX in the News
A local Virginia paper featured the CBYX program.