Deutscher Bundestag Youth Exchange

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a federally-funded work/study scholarship program to Germany with a strong focus on cultural exchange. The program gives participants an understanding of everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany. Interested students and young professionals can apply at

The CBYX program enables 75 Americans to work and study in Germany each year in a program consisting of:

  • 2 months of intensive German language instruction (no prior German knowledge required!)
  • 4 months of classroom instruction in the participant's career field at a German university or vocational school
  • 5-month internship in the participant's career field
  • Housing accommodation with a German host or in a shared-apartment

Funded by the German Parliament (Bundestag) and the U.S. Congress, the CBYX program is administered through a grant from the U.S. Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended.
The program is designed for students in business, technical, vocational, and agricultural fields, though students from all fields are encouraged to apply.

The CBYX scholarship includes:

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Cost of university tuition in Germany
  • Housing stipend during schooling phase
  • Pre-program, midyear, and final seminars in Washington DC, Germany, and New York
  • Assistance finding internships and support throughout the year through regional offices of German partner organization (InWEnt)

A candidate for the program must:

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Be between 18 and 24 years old at the start of the program
  • Have a high school diploma at the start of the program
  • Have clear career goals and some relevant work experience (paid or unpaid)
  • Have a strong interest in international affairs and Germany
  • Demonstrate flexibility, independence, diplomacy, and a strong sense of American identity

For questions about the program, or to request an application:

Phone: 212-497-3522