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Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Program

A Fully-Funded U.S. Department of State Scholarship Program

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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 German host family and attend high school in Germany for a year. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by CIEE.

CBYX aims to foster cultural understanding and diplomacy while also promoting the German and English languages. Participants are also encouraged to learn about the political systems of their host country.

Become fluent in German, learn about another culture, and expand your horizons. 



  • Be a U.S. citizen 
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) 
  • Be born between February 1, 2006- August 1, 2009

Please note that German language proficiency is not a requirement.

Important Dates

Important Dates

Deadline to Apply
November 8, 2023 (11:59 p.m. Pacific Time)

Semi-finalists Notified By
December 30, 2023

Semi-finalist Interviews*
January-February 2024

Finalists Announced By
Early-to-mid March

Pre-departure Orientation (Washington DC)
August 8-10, 2024

Language and Cultural Immersion Camp (Germany)
4 weeks: August 11 - September 8, 2024

Program End Date
Anticipated June 19, 2025

*Interviews will be conducted in-person in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, and Washington DC



Frequently Asked Questions

In addition to the frequently asked questions and participants stories below, please read the CBYX Quick Fact Sheet (also available in Spanish). Here you fill find information on scholarship inclusions, program  duration, application instructions, and more.




The CBYX Application for 2024-2025 is now closed.

Please fill out this form to be notified when the application opens for 2025-2026.


Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)

This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by CIEE.

Please contact us with any questions about this program:

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program
CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange
600 Southborough Drive, Suite 104
South Portland, Maine 04106
1 (800) 448-9944