Monday, February 8, 2010

"Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible"

CBYX stands for Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange and is a full scholarship to study in Germany for a whole year. It is paid for by the US Congress and the German Bundestag (German government). It pays for pretty much everything except for spending money and air fair to your departure city in the USA.

CBYX students go to German high schools and live with normal German families (like normal exchange students do). Gaining credit for school isn't guaranteed but my school is giving me full credit for the classes that I would take in Germany (one of the benefits of going to a small private high school).

There are 250 scholarships for the whole USA and there are 5 regions (each gives out 50 scholarships). The five regions are all administered by the different exchange organizations.AFS administers the distribution of the scholarships for all the Northeast region. Seeing as I was planning on going with AFS anyway, it worked out well. CIEE administers the scholarships for the Southeast. ASSE is in charge of the Northwest, AYUSA is the Southwest and the upper middle region of the USA is administered by YFU USA.

The requirements for applying to the scholarship are actually pretty easy. You don't even have to know how to speak German. The basic requirements are

• Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident
• Have a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
• Be between the ages of 15 and 18 by the start of
the program.

There might be more requirements based on your organization but those are the basic ones for CBYX. You have to submit a pre-app and then a full CBYX application but neither of them are really that bad. Then you are told if you are semi-finalist and if you are then you have an interview/selection committee (see previous post).

This year the AFS program to Germany is around 12,000 dollars so this is a huge scholarship and is really worth applying for.

The CBYX website can be found here.

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