Host German CBYX Participants in the United States

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals is a reciprocal fellowship program that gives 75 German participants the opportunity to spend one year studying, working, and experiencing everyday life in communities across the United States.

After arriving in the United States each August, CBYX participants enroll in career-oriented classes at a local college to gain a more comprehensive view of the American educational system, as well as to further their knowledge of their professional focus area.

Career fields represented on the program are extremely diverse, ranging from small business and banking to many technical and vocational fields, such as agriculture, carpentry, and culinary arts.

CBYX depends largely on the generosity and hospitality of hundreds of communities that have opened their doors to young Germans throughout the program’s 30-plus year history as host families, host colleges, and host companies.

In turn, these communities have been enriched by their involvement in a variety of ways.

Host Families

Families gain cultural insights and lasting friendships.


  • Arrive in August
    • Study at a community college for fall semester
  • Work for six months at an American company
  • Travel in July

Participants must:

  • buy a car
  • pay for personal expenses, such as cell phones, car insurance, etc.

Host families must:

  • provide a private bedroom
  • provide the equivalent of two meals per day
  • Will receive a monthly stipend

Host Colleges

Colleges diversify their campus.

  • German CBYX participants are excellent cultural ambassadors, and help promote interest in opportunities abroad to American students at their host colleges.
  • All German participants hold a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa under the International Visitor category, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

View a list of recent colleges and university hosts

  • Austin Community College (Austin, TX)
  • Black Hills State University (Spearfish, SD)
  • Bluefield State College (Bluefield, WV)
  • Carlow University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, NC)
  • Chattahoochee Technical College (Marietta, GA)
  • Citrus College (Glendora, CA)
  • Clover Park Technical College (Lakewood, WA)
  • College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL)
  • College of Southern Idaho (Twin Falls, ID)
  • College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, CA)
  • Davidson County Community College (Thomasville, NC)
  • Dickinson State University (Dickinson, ND)
  • Dyersburg State Community College (Dyersburg, TN)
  • Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville, NC)
  • Flathead Valley Community College (Kalispell, MT)
  • Fox Valley Technical College (Appleton, WI)
  • Gateway Technical College (Kenosha, WI)
  • Georgia Perimeter College (Clarkston, GA)
  • Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Harry S Truman College (Chicago, IL)
  • Howard Community College (Columbia, MD)
  • Indian Hills Community College (Ottumwa, IA)
  • Ivy Tech Community College (IN)
  • Johnson County Community College (Overland Park, KS)
  • Kenai Peninsula College (Soldotna, AK)
  • Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA)
  • Lake Michigan College (Benton Harbor, MI)
  • Lake Region State College (Devils Lake, ND)
  • Lincoln Trail Community College (Robinson, IL)
  • Lincoln University (PA)
  • Lorain County Community College (Elyria, OH)
  • Lurleen B. Wallace Community College (Andalusia, AL)
  • Madison Area Technical College (Madison, WI)
  • McLennan Community College (Waco, TX)
  • Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI)
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Mohawk Valley Community College (Utica, NY)
  • Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills, IL)
  • North Iowa Area Community College (Mason City, Iowa)
  • Northcentral Technical College (Wausau, WI)
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Green Bay, WI)
  • Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights, KY)
  • Northwest College (Powell, WY)
  • Olney Central College (Olney, IL)
  • Pacific International Academy (Lake Oswego, OR)
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College (Charlottesville, VA)
  • Pima Community College (Tucson, AZ)
  • Portland Community College (Portland, OR)
  • Riverside City College (Riverside, CA)
  • Roane State Community College (Oak Ridge, TN)
  • Scottsdale Community College (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • Skagit Valley College (Mt. Vernon, WA)
  • Snow College (Ephraim, UT)
  • Southeast Community College (Lincoln, NE)
  • St. Louis Community College (Kirkwood, MO)
  • SUNY Broome Community College (Binghamton, NY)
  • Tallahassee Community College (Tallahassee, FL)
  • University of Alaska Southeast – Sitka (Sitka, AK)
  • University of Nevada Reno (Reno, NV)
  • University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA)
  • Vermont Technical College (Randolph Center, VT)
  • Wabash Valley College (Mt. Carmel, IL)
  • Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • West Liberty University (Wheeling, WV)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (Sioux City, IA)
  • Whatcom Community College (Bellingham, WA)
  • William Rainey Harper College (Palatine, IL)

Host Companies

Companies support U.S.-German ties and benefit by introducing skilled interns to their workplace.

  • CBYX is a great opportunity for American companies to bring in a fresh perspective and internationalize their workplace by hosting a German intern for six months.
  • Participants have completed vocational and professional training in Germany, which includes a rigorous two- to three-year apprenticeship in their professional field.
  • All German participants hold a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa under the International Visitor category, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. This visa allows them to take paid positions with any company in the United States, within the framework of the program.
  • Participants are in possession of all documents authorizing legal employment in the United States and have open work authorization for paid work sponsored directly by the U.S. Department of State.
  • All internship positions must be paid.
  • Participants have insurance provided through the program administrators at no expenses.

Participant Profile

  • 18-24 years old
  • Speak English and have completed a professional apprenticeship in their career field in Germany
  • Personally selected by a German Member of Parliament from a competitive applicant pool to take part in this program and serve as a cultural ambassador
  • Represent a variety of backgrounds and fields across Germany

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