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 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Be born between February 1, 2004 - August 1, 2007

Please note that German language proficiency is not a requirement.

Important Dates

Deadline to Apply
December 1, 2021 (11:59 p.m. Pacific Time)

Semi-finalists Notified By

Semi-finalist Interviews*
February-March 2022

Finalists Announced By
April 1, 2022

Pre-departure Orientation
Early August 2022

Language and Cultural Immersion Camp
4 weeks: August-September 2022

Program End Date
June 2023



The CBYX Application for 2022-2023 is now closed.

Please fill out this form to be notified when the application opens for 2023-2024.


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
600 Southborough Drive, Suite 104
South Portland, Maine 04106
1 (800) 448-9944