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The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program is citizen diplomacy at work since 1983, created to strengthen ties between Germany and the US in recognition of the 300th anniversary of the first German immigration to the United States. CBYX, funded jointly by the US Congress and the German Bundestag, and sponsored by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers a full scholarship to participants.  It counts over 26,000 students as alumni, including US CBYX students sent through YFU to live with German host families.   

In the program year 2023-24, YFU welcomes 54 CBYX scholars. Explore the CBYX program’s impact on students, host families, and communities! 

Support Materials for Scholars, Host Families, and Volunteers 

Common Cultural Traits for CBYX Students

CBYX Participant of the Month Nomination Form

CBYX Alumni Website


Required Activities for YFU CBYX Scholars 

Community Service & Leadership Development   

YFU CBYX Scholar Required Activity Booklet

International Education Week – November 13-17, 2023

Department of State Letter to Schools to Promote IEW (coming soon)

IEW Presentation Tips

Global Youth Service Day  – April 28-30, 2023


CBYX Logo

YFU CBYX Host Family, School, and Volunteer Recruitment Tools

School Administrator Handbook (US Department of State publication)


Send CBYX pictures to yfugrantscholars@yfu.org.