*All information taken from the CBYX website

Program Description

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange For Young Professionals is a fellowship for college-age students and recent graduates throughout the US who want to live, study, and intern in Germany. CBYX is funded by the US and German governments for students in all career fields, and does not require any prior German language knowledge.  Participants spend a year studying and working in their career fields while completely immersed in German language and culture.

CBYX for Young Professionals is especially suited to participants in business, engineering, technical, vocational, and agricultural fields, though applicants from all career fields who have some relevant experience in their field are encouraged to apply.

Program Structure

CBYX annually provides 75 young Americans with an understanding of everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany.  The program begins in July and includes two months of intensive German language training in Germany (no prior German language knowledge required), four months of classroom instruction at a German university or college of applied sciences, and a five-month internship in each participant’s career field

Housing and Funding

CBYX was created by the U.S. Congress and German Bundestag as a public diplomacy program, to promote understanding between the people of the United States and Germany.  As such, participants are expected to immerse themselves in German daily life, and to cultivate a deep understanding of Germany from an educational, professional, linguistic, and cultural standpoint.  To this end, participants are placed with a German host, in a German shared-apartment, or in a student dormitory, and are expected to take part in the daily life of the people with whom they live.

The CBYX for Young Professionals program is a funded fellowship that covers basic living costs for all participants, including:

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Language school costs for 2 months of intensive German language study
  • Tuition costs for 4 months of study
  • Housing costs for host family, apartment, or dormitory during pre-internship phases (program funding during internship depends on earnings)
  • Monthly stipend to cover basic costs of living
  • Program-related travel within Germany
  • Health insurance in Germany

Eligibility

  • have U.S. citizenship or permanent residence
  • be between 18 and 24 years of age at the start of the program
  • possess a high school diploma
  • exhibit clear career goals and some relevant experience in their career field (experience can be work, internship, or volunteer)
  • have a strong interest in German and international affairs, as well as a strong sense of American identity
  • be flexible, independent, and diplomatic

Application Process

CLS candidates do not have to be endorsed by Olin. All eligible candidates can apply via the Cultural Vistas website. All applicants must complete an online application and submit all supplemental materials by December 1 for the program year beginning the following July.