Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program A FLAG Sponsored Program
Welcome to FLAG's Sponsored Programs
FLAG is proud to partner with recognized exchange organizations to implement two merit-based scholarship programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchange. Through these programs, FLAG has founded its Sponsored Program division. FLAG's Sponsored Program students represent over 51 nations and they have been selected to experience the American way of life at a U.S. school for their academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular/community activities, and for exhibiting the characteristics of an ideal exchange student.
Congress-Bundestag Youth Scholarship (CBYX) Program
Germany is a very important U.S. ally on the world stage. While our two great nations have a long history of international cooperation, it is vital that both nations pay attention to this alliance forged in democracy to maintain mutual trust, respect and understanding. FLAG is excited to announce that it will again administer the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Program for high school students for the 2018-2019 academic year. FLAG is working to place over 57 CBYX German scholars with outstanding American host families and to award 50 full scholarships to U.S. scholars who will study in Germany for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Initiated in 1984, CBYX gives U.S. and German youths, aged 15 to 18 years, the opportunity to practice interpersonal skills and develop leadership qualities essential in meeting future challenges and opportunities on both a national and international scale. The overall U.S. diplomacy goal of CBYX is to maintain and strengthen the ties between the U.S. and Germany today and well into the future.
Students are highly vetted through a merit-based scholarship competition with final approval being designated by FLAG and the German Bundestag. CBYX students have their own health insurance and spending money. While in the program they are required to participate in community service and learn the political, cultural and historical aspects of the U.S., as well as their culture, formally and informally, within their host communities.
FLAG invites you to partner with us in this vital U.S. State Department diplomatic initiative by hosting one of these outstanding students.
Between the ages of 15 years and 18 years and 6 months at the start of the program
A current high school student at the time of application, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
For more program information, including specific application and eligibility details, please visit the CBYX website.
CBYX 2018-2019 Scholarship Timeline
Fall 2017: Application becomes available online December 2017 - January 2018: Application deadline (dates to be confirmed upon application launch) Application Deadline - Spring 2018: Regional scholarship selection processes Spring 2018: Finalists and Alternates announced Selection - International Departure: Pre-departure preparation for all Finalists July 2018 - August 2018: International departure for Germany June 2019 - July 2019: Program conclusion and international return from Germany
FLAG Outbound CBYX Testimonial
"In the August of 2015, I left my home in Utah and boarded a plane to Washington DC for my
CBYX preorientation. Little did I know, as the wheels of the plane left the mountains of my home
state, I was departing for the single-most transformative year of my life. The year I spent in
Assamstadt, Germany was a year which redefined the words “home” and “family” for me, a year
where I connected with strangers on levels unreachable to me before. Not only did I learn a new
language, but I also came to understand a new perspective of our world, became aware of
issues and tensions I had previously overlooked, and mastered the art of making Spätzle with
my Oma on a chilly, spring afternoon.
Throughout this adventure, FLAG maintained itself as a continual backbone. From our humid
pre-departure orientation to the freezing mid-year in Cologne to our final goodbyes at the
beginning of June, FLAG not only prepared me for the challenges I would face and the
experiences I would bask in but also restated their presence during difficult times and
celebrated with me as I fell more and more in love with my life abroad. Moreover, they ensured
continual communication with our parents in the United States, especially in times of tragedy
FLAG as an organization was fundamental in the absolute success and beauty that my year in
Germany was. As an administrator of the program, they ensured individual student safety,
happiness, and enjoyment of my time abroad. For that, I will be forever thankful." Marcelina Kubica (CBYX Scholarship Recipient 2015-16)