Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18-24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.

Eligibility

CBYX is open to candidates in all career fields. Eligibility requirements include: 

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Ages 18-24 at the start of the program
  • High school diploma
  • Must exhibit clear career goals and relevant experience in their career field
    • Experience can be in the form of work, internships, or volunteering
  • Strong interest in German and world affairs
  • Prior German language knowledge is not required, but is preferred

Period of Study

The program consists of three phases:

  • Two months of intensive German language training
  • Four months of classes in one’s academic or career field at a university, technical or professional school
  • Five-month internships in one’s career field

Special Considerations

Participants are expected to act as “young ambassadors” of the United States in Germany, and to represent the diversity of the U.S. in factors including, but not limited to, career field, educational background, geographic location, disabilities, ethnicity, gender, race, religion and socio-economic status.

Award

This funded fellowship opportunity annually covers basic living costs for all 150 participants (75 Americans + 75 Germans), including:

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Language school costs for two months of intensive German language study
  • Tuition costs for four months of study
  • Housing costs for host family, apartment, or dormitory during the pre-internship phases
    • Note: program funding during the internship depends on earnings
  • Monthly stipend to cover basic costs of living
  • Program-related travel within Germany
  • Health insurance in Germany

Application

Applications will open in September and can be located on the CBYX Website

Deadline(s)

All materials must be submitted no later than December 1st. 

Details

Class Year

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate

Discipline

  • Multiple

Language

  • Non English

Duration

  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Language
  • Post-Graduate
  • Professional

Region

  • Europe

GWU Sponsored?

No

GWU Endorsement Required?

No