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Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)

U.S. Department of State > Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)


Program Description:

The program, known in Germany as the Parlamentarisches Patenschafts- Programm (PPP), was established in 1983 by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag. CBYX provides German and American young people full scholarships for an academic year experience in the host country. The program is designed to strengthen ties between the younger generations by improving their career skills through formal study and work experience. Participants expand their perspectives and awareness of each other's culture, society, history and politics.


General Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a current or prospective student pursuing a high school diploma and you must travel or be interested in traveling outside the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.


Program Contact Information:

The High School component involves secondary school students ages 15 to 18, who will spend a year in Germany living with host families, attending German schools, and participating in community life. Prior German language skills are not required.

The following organizations are responsible for regional recruitment and selection of American high school students for a year of study in Germany, and for placing German high school students in host families and schools throughout the U.S.:

Northeast: AFS-USA 1-800-AFS-INFO or www.afsusa.org

Central: YFU USA 1-800-Teenage or www.yfu-usa.org

Southeast: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 1-800-448-9944 or www.ciee.org/cb

Pacific/Northwest: ASSE 1-800-333-3802 x 20 or www.asse.com

Southwest: AYUSA International 1-800-727-4540, ext. 543 or www.ayusa.org

Also visit: www.usagermanyscholarship.org

Questions about the High School component can be addressed to:
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division (ECA/PE/C/PY)
SA-44, Room 568
301 4th Street,SWWashington, DC 20547

Contact: Shalita Jones
Telephone: 202 203-7507
Fax: 202 203-7529

The Vocational component involves graduating American high school seniors, aged 18 with a vocational specialization, who will participate in two months of intensive language training followed by ten months of practical training and study in their fields of interest. Nacel Open Door recruits and selects participants for the exchange and administers the program. For more information about the Vocational component, please contact:

Nacel Open Door
380 Jackson Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55101
Telephone: 800 622-3553 or 651-686-0080
Fax: 651-686-9601

The Young Professionals component involves students ages 18 to 24 who study for one semester in institutions of higher education, and participate in practical training with a German company for one semester. The program is designed for career-oriented young adults in business, technical, agricultural and vocational fields. CDS International recruits and selects American participants and places German students.

An individual applying to the Young Professionals exchange should be:

  • A high school graduate with a good record of academic achievement
  • No younger than 18 and no older than 24 at the beginning of program
  • Have a well-defined career goal and practical work experience
For more information about The Young Professionals component, please contact:

CDS International
440 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: 212-497-3522
Fax: 212-497-3588
Email: cbyx@cdsintl.org
www.cdsintl.org/cbyx OR


Managing Agency:

U.S. Department of State

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