You might be taking your third year of German and want to test those tongue twisters on real Germans. You might want to see if the bratwurst you tried at your German culture club is authentic.
Or you might not know a single word of German, or habe keine Ahnung (no idea) about the intricacies of German culture. You might have never stepped foot in Europe before! OK, I'll stop talking about myself and move on to what's important.
What is CBYX? (BESIDES A FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO LIVE AND STUDY IN GERMAN FOR A YEAR WHAT?)
From those wonderful exchange magicians who made my dream of cultural exchange come true themselves:
As a Congress-Bundestag scholar, your exchange year will include:
- Placement with a carefully selected German host family
- Admission to a German high school
- Pre-departure training in the United States and orientation programs in Germany
- Meetings with government officials
- Cultural excursions to the German Bundestag and select German cities
- Supplementary language lessons upon arrival in your host community
My dear high school friends, get started on your application (due sometime in December or January)! The deadline varies by where you live in the US, so make sure you apply through your regional organization.
If you want to hear about how unbelievably great this program is from someone more official than an American teenager just livin' life and running her bike into trees in Berlin, take the leap and click here!
ALSO, check out what our current presidential candidate had to say about CBYX before she was our current presidential candidate:
"A testament to our relationship with Germany, and our mutual commitment to public diplomacy... CBYX has been so successful that we chose it as a model for other youth exchange programs." Former Secretary Clinton called exchanges like CBYX "an important tool of U.S. diplomacy. Few other experiences can substitute for seeing another country first-hand, learning more about its culture, meeting people face-to-face."
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