Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)

A Fully-Funded State Department Scholarship Program Offering Young Americans The Opportunity To Live With A Host Family And Attend High School In Germany For A Year.

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About CBYX

Become fluent in German, learn another culture and expand your horizons to the world!

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 host family and attend high school in Germany for a year. You could be one of 250 students chosen to represent the United States as a CBYX Youth Ambassador.

CIEE administers the CBYX program for students from: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, Washington D.C.


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.


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Important Dates

December 11, 2018

2nd Round Notification
January 30, 2019

Student Semi-Finalist Interviews
February 16-17: Herndon, VA
March 9-10: Atlanta, GA
March 16-17: Dallas, TX

Final Notification
April 1, 2019

Deadline for Secondary Application
April 12, 2019

CBYX Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, D.C.
August 8-10, 2019

Language and Cultural Immersion Camp in Germany
August 11-September 7, 2019

Program Start Date
August 8, 2019

Program End Date
June 2020


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • To be eligible for the 2018-2019 program, you must be between the ages of 15 and 18 and 6 months by August 1, 2019. Birthdate range: February 1, 2001-August 1, 2004.
  • German language is not a requirement.

Contact Us

CBYX Program
Council on International Educational Exchange
300 Fore Street
Portland, ME 04101 USA
1 (800) 448-9944