Fully Funded Fellowship to Germany


Come to this information session to learn how you can spend a year in Germany after you graduate!

Monday, October 28, 2019
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Fries Center for Global Studies Commons
*light snacks provided


The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.

The program consists of three phases:

  • Two months of intensive German language training
  • One semester of classes in one’s academic or career field at a university, technical or professional school
  • Three-month internships in one’s career field

What the program financially covers:

This funded fellowship opportunity annually covers basic living costs for all 150 participants (75 Americans + 75 Germans), including:

    • Round-trip international airfare from Washington, D.C. to Germany
    • Language school costs for two months of intensive German language study
    • Tuition costs for four months of study
    • Housing costs for host family, apartment, or dormitory during the pre-internship phases
      • Note: program funding during the internship depends on earnings
    • Monthly stipend to cover basic costs of living
    • Program-related travel within Germany
    • Health insurance in Germany

Eligibility: CBYX is open to candidates in all career fields who are interested in a year of academic, professional, and cultural exchange. Participants are expected to act as “young ambassadors” of the United States in Germany, and to represent the diversity of the U.S. in factors including, but not limited to, career field, educational background, geographic location, disabilities, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and socio-economic status.

    • U.S. citizenship
    • Ages 18½–24 at the start of the program
    • High school diploma
    • Must exhibit clear career goals and relevant experience in their career field
      • Experience can be in the form of work, internships, or volunteering
    • Strong interest in German and world affairs
    • Prior German language knowledge is not required, but is preferred

How to Apply:

All applicants must complete an online application and submit all supplemental materials by December 1 for the program year beginning the following July.  A complete application consists of:

  • Online application form; requiring copies of the following documents to be uploaded with your submission
    • Resume
    • Copy of official transcript showing at least the last two years of study
    • Proof of U.S. citizenship: passport or birth certificate
    • High school diploma or proof of graduation
    • Two letters of recommendation to be submitted


Melissa Leung ’16 (Photo by Cynthia Rockwell)

PRESENTER: Melissa Leung ’16, Majored in Economics, College of East Asian Studies (Chinese and Political economy), and Pre-med. Leung is currently working for IBM as a public sector consultant.

Read more about Melissa Leung ’16 here: http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2018/06/27/leung-16-awarded-prestigious-congress-bundestag-fellowship/