Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is for motivated high school students who want to live with a host family and attend school for an academic year in Germany. No previous language experience is required. Students who have previously participated in a semester or year exchange in another country are not eligible for the Germany programs and scholarships.
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship
This is a full scholarship.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program (CBYX) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Congress and German Bundestag and administered by YFU USA. CBYX is for motivated high school students who want to live with a host family and attend school for an academic year in Germany. No previous language experience is required. Students who have previously participated in a semester or year exchange in another country are not eligible for the Germany programs and scholarships. Additional information on this prestigious scholarship may be found here.
To be eligible, you must:
Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident
Have a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
Reside in one of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Wisconsin.
Students must be 15 to 18 ½ on August 1 of the program departure year: born between February 1, 2002 and August 1, 2005 for the 2020-21 program
Complete Application Includes:
Host Family Letter
6 Short Answer Essay Questions
2 Teacher Recommendations
CBYX Terms & Conditions
1 Smiling headshot
5 Candid photos
Application fee to be paid by the sponsor.
Round-trip international travel
Placement with a carefully selected host family
Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
Support services in host country
Medical insurance coverage
Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for:
Visa fees (if necessary)
Any excess luggage tariffs
Personal spending money*
Scholarship programs are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.
*In some instances, additional CBYX grant funding is available to cover personal spending money for students who demonstrate financial need. Please contact the YFU Registration department at email@example.com to learn more about the qualifications for additional funding for personal spending money.
Join YFU for a special CBYX Virtual Information Night (VIN), Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 pm EST. The session will cover what it's like to be an exchange student studying abroad with YFU on the CBYX program. CBYX alumni and Registration specialists will also be on-hand to address application and program questions related to this prestigious scholarship. Reserve your VIN space today at: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/530535652697288705
PLEASE KEEP A COPY OF THIS PAGE AND YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR YOUR REFERENCE.
YFU also has a few other scholarships to Germany, both full and partial opportunities! These other opportunities have a separate application through the YFU website. You may apply to as many as you would like. If applying for multiple scholarships, please indicate each scholarship's name and code on your application. All scholarship recipients are required to travel on the YFU group travel dates, and to complete the entire program. For more information regarding YFU and the scholarship selection process call 1.800.TEENAGE or refer to the Scholarships Overview section of this web site.