Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Program

A Fully-Funded U.S. Department of State Scholarship Program

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Jointly funded by the German Bundestag and the U.S. Congress, the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) is a full scholarship exchange program that offers young Americans the opportunity to live with a German host family and attend high school in Germany for a year. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by CIEE.

CBYX aims to foster cultural understanding and diplomacy while also promoting the German and English languages. Participants are also encouraged to learn about the political systems of their host country.

Become fluent in German, learn about another culture, and expand your horizons. 


To apply for the CBYX program, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Be born between February 1, 2002 - August 1, 2005

Please note that German language proficiency is not a requirement.

Important Dates

Deadline to Apply
December 11, 2018

Semi-finalists Notified By
December 11, 2018

Semi-finalist Interviews*
February 16-17 (Herndon, VA)
March 9-10 (Atlanta, GA)
March 16-17 (Dallas, TX)

Finalists Announced By
March 30, 2019

Pre-departure Orientation
August 8-10, 2019 (Washington, D.C.) 

Language and Cultural Immersion Camp
August 11 – September 11, 2019 (Germany)

Program End Date
June 2020

* Semi-finalists must be present for an interview at one of the three listed locations. Transportation assistance is available for students with financial need on a case-by-case basis.



The application for CBYX program year 2019-2020 is now closed.

To be notified when the application opens for 2020-2021, please fill out this form.


Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)

This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by CIEE.

Please contact us with any questions about this program:
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program
CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange
300 Fore Street
Portland, ME 04101 USA
1 (800) 448-9944