2024-25 CBYX Vocational Application

Applications for 2024-25 are closed. Applications for the 2025-26 CBYX Vocational Scholarship will be available this fall and will be due December 1, 2024.

Questions may be directed by email to [email protected] or by phone to 1-800-622-3553, ext. 613

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Vocational Exchange in Germany

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Vocational Scholarship provides an opportunity for American high school graduating seniors to spend the year after graduation in Germany.

This opportunity offers students a chance to pursue vocational interests, such as:

• Architecture                          •  Culinary Arts
• Education                               • Engineering
• Veterinary Science                • Graphic Design
• Information Technology       • Health Care
• International Business          • Forestry

Is CBYX For You?

CBYX is ideal for U.S. high school graduates who have demonstrated maturity, responsibility, and who can be entrusted to fulfill their roles as exchange students without day-to-day supervision. This program offers graduating high school seniors the opportunity to spend their 13th year abroad living with a German host family, participating in a training or school program, and gaining work experience through internships with German companies. 


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More About CBYX

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program provides a unique intercultural educational opportunity for American and German youth. Each year over 300 American high school students receive full scholarships to become exchange students in Germany, where they will live with host families for a year and attend German schools. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is jointly supported and funded by the United States Congress and the German Bundestag, and is administered by Nacel Open Door.



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CBYX Vocational Alumni

In addition to the personal and professional opportunities afforded the CBYX alumni, there are also many other opportunities available to them as U.S. State Department Exchange alumni.  Returning CBYX participants become a member of the Educational and Cultural Affairs International Exchange Alumni, granting them access to numerous academic, professional, and financial resources. CBYX Vocational alumni also have opportunities to give back to the program, pay it forward, and to continue to fulfill the mission of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program. CBYX alumni from all three sectors of the program (high school, vocational, young professionals) are welcome in and encouraged to be part of the CBYX Alumni Association

Most of all, we encourage CBYX Vocational alumni to share their stories. Our alumni are important to us, and we always enjoy hearing from them. We invite our CBYX Vocational alumni to update their contact information with us and share the highlights of their CBYX Vocational stories.