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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.

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Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship

Eligible Countries

Germany

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Fall Year

Deadline

3-Dec

Scholarship Amount

This is a full scholarship.

Eligibility

  • 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.

Age Requirements

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:

  • Online Application

  • Host Family Letter

  • 6 Short Answer Essay Questions

  • 2 Teacher Recommendations

  • Academic Transcript

  • School Certificate

  • Parent-student agreement

  • CBYX Terms & Conditions

  • 1 Smiling headshot

  • 5 Candid photos


Application Fees

Application fee to be paid by the sponsor.

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international travel

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family

  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents

  • Preparatory materials

  • Support services in host country

  • Medical insurance coverage

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for:

  • Passport

  • Visa fees (if necessary)

  • Any excess luggage tariffs

  • Personal spending money*

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Notes

  • 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 admissions@yfu.org 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.

Apply for the CBYX scholarship program.

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.

CBYX is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by YFU USA.