'A year of opportunity'

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Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Programme (CBYX)

To commemorate the 300th anniversary of German immigration to North America, the Congress of the United States of America and the German Bundestag decided in 1983 to establish an exchange programme for young professionals and students. Its aim is to help deepen and strengthen ties between Germany and the United States through citizen diplomacy. The exchange programme owes its name, Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Programme (CBYX), to the fact that all members of the German Bundestag and the U.S. Congress can participate as programme sponsors.

Every year for the last 30 years, 75 young professionals and 285 students from Germany and the USA have travelled to their respective partner country to live, study and work in their host country for 12 months. GIZ selects the candidates and organises participant seminars. It also assists German participants in the USA through its local partner organisation there.

What makes the CBYX programme so special, besides its political affiliation, is its ‘holistic’ approach, which aims to promote international understanding, cultural exchange and personal development. A major component of the programme is alumni civic engagement. CBYX has contributed to building multidimensional, permanent transatlantic networks at the political, professional and private level.