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 50 students chosen to represent the Southeast United States (including Puerto Rico) as a CBYX youth ambassador. Become fluent in German, learn another culture and expand your horizons to the world!


The 2018-2019 application is now closed.

To be notified when the application for the 2019-2020 program year opens in Fall 2018, please fill out the form here.


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Important Dates

December 12, 2017

2nd Round Notification
February 2, 2018

Student Interviews
March 2018

Final Notification
April 2, 2018
Deadline for Secondary Application
April 16, 2018

CBYX Pre-Departure Orientation and Language and Cultural Immersion Camp
August 2018

Program Start Date
August 2, 2018

Program End Date
June 2019


  • 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, 2018. Birthdate range: January 30, 2000-August 1, 2003.
  • 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