US Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Programme (CBYX)

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Programme (CBYX) maintains its successful track record

Bonn/Eschborn. For more than 30 years, the German Bundestag and the United States Congress have given young professionals the chance to broaden their personal horizons and career prospects by spending a period of time abroad.

With a one-year stay in the USA that combines college attendance with a vocationally oriented internship, the 2015 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Programme (CBYX) will again enable 275 German scholars – and this time also 75 young German professionals – to experience the ‘American way of life’ at first hand. As young ambassadors for their country, they will help promote better relations between the two nations.

The objective of this programme, which is organised jointly by the parliaments of each country, is to enable young people to get to know their host country from a historical, social and economic perspective, while at the same time strengthening US-German relations. MPs from the German Bundestag and Members of the US Congress sponsor participants for the duration of their stay. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is responsible for implementing CBYX for young professionals.

The German Bundestag and the US Congress meet all expenses incurred in connection with preparation and follow-up, college attendance, accommodation in host families and all travel and insurance costs.

Applications for the exchange due to start in August 2015 are available for download before 12 September 2014 at www.giz.de/usappp or www.bundestag.de/ppp. Young professionals applying for this programme must be born after 31 July 1990, have had several years of English tuition and have completed their vocational training prior to departure.