Our Programs

STEM & Enterprise LAUNCH

Connecting American students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), with Germany’s industry, business, research & academic institutions

Connect with Germany

Funding Partner

Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States (HBCUs), have the opportunity to spend up to 14 days in Germany on an immersive study tour that includes meetings with leaders in industry, research, academia, business, and government. Cultural and historical visits complement the program. Students majoring or minoring in fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or business are eligible to apply. This program enables participants to launch their international careers through cultural immersion and professional networking.

A part of Cultural Vistas’ “New Transatlantic Synergies” initiative, this program provides unique career development opportunities, exclusive access, and paves avenues into transatlantic exchange. Each year, 26 students and four faculty are invited to gain insight into career and educational pathways in Germany, network with experts and decision makers, and experience contemporary Germany’s political and social diversity through an expertly curated program.

For more information, please contact a Cultural Vistas team member.

Program Details

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted from HBCU students studying in STEM and business fields between January 8 and February 9, 2024. The selection of the final participants will be concluded by February 23, 2024. Travel dates for the 2024 STEM & Enterprise LAUNCH program are envisaged as May 12, 2024 (departure in the U.S.) and May 25, 2024 (departure in Germany). 

The program itinerary will be tailored according to the professional interests of the final group of participants selected.

The application portal is only open to during active application periods.

Impressions & Alumni

Alumni Profile

Kaylon Paterson, M.G., M.G.M – Founder and CEO, Paterson Aerospace Systems

“Cultural Vistas has been a tremendous asset to both my academic and professional lives. I became aware of the organization and its programs through STEM LAUNCH in 2015, where my eyes were opened to the possibilities of studying in Germany; a lifelong dream given my passion for space. My two weeks in Germany eventually turned into a year as a CBYX Fellow, allowing me to begin my graduate studies in aerospace engineering and intern as a subcontractor for Airbus. The doors opened by these programs were fundamental to my continued progression as an engineer and eventually, founder of my own space company Paterson Aerospace Systems, Corp.”

Our Hosts

Cultural Vistas would like to extend a special thanks to all of the companies that have hosted our study tour groups since 2013. These include:

Bayer Pharma

Bausch & Lomb

Berlin Mathematical School (BMS)

Biogas Eggertshofen


BMW Group

Charite Teaching Hospital

DFG Research Center MATHEON

Ecologic Institute

European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS / Airbus)

Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)

Fraunhofer Berlin Center for Medical Mechatronics

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Goethe Institute

Helmholtz Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC)

International Placement Services (ZAV) of the Federal Republic of Germany

Leibniz Institut for Freshwater Ecology

LEAD Machine Learning

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) Faculty of Biology

Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry

Ottobock Science Center


Technical University Munich (TUM) Department of Zoology

Technical University Munich (TUM) Medical Graduate Center

The Innovation and Founding Center Biotechnology (IZB)

U.S. Embassy in Berlin

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