OXFORD – A rising senior at Providence Classical Christian School in Oxford has been selected by the Council on International Educational Exchange to attend a fully sponsored exchange program in Germany.
Emily Lent is one of 50 students from the southeastern U.S. and Puerto Rico to be awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. CBYX is a student exchange program co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the German Bundestag, Germany’s parliament.
As a CBYX scholar, Lent will spend the school year in Germany living with a host family, attending a German high school, and participating in a four-week language and cultural immersion camp to gain a better understanding of German culture, language, and everyday life.
Additionally, she will have the chance to visit the German Bundestag, meet with American and German government officials, participate in intercultural seminars, and explore the country through excursions to nearby cities, historical sites, and more.
“I’m really looking forward to experiencing life in Germany,” Lent said. “I’ve been there for short periods of time before, two to four weeks. So I’m excited to see what it’s like living there full-time.”
Lent, whose mother is a German citizen, has a personal connection to the host nation and had been exploring opportunities to study there for a while.
Lent said that since it would not have been financially viable for her family to personally sponsor her studies in Germany, she is grateful to have received the CBYX Scholarship.
After submitting a written application that constituted of numerous essay questions, Lent was one of 80 semi-finalists chosen for a weekend-long interactive camp. Judges interviewed the semi-finalists and observed them interact with each other during various activities before making their final picks.
Lent plans to focus on cultural studies while in Germany and complete her high school diploma credits upon her return.
“I am really excited. I’ve always wanted to be fluent in German,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to getting used to everyday life in Germany.”
Each year, CIEE awards the fully-funded CBYX scholarship to 50 high-achieving high school students, allowing youths to participate in a full cultural immersion experience. According to a released statement, the CBYX program was created to foster mutual understanding and strengthen ties between Germany and the U.S. through citizen diplomacy. The program is a public-private partnership, leveraging the contributions of host families, educational institutions, and local communities.
Students who would like more information about CBYX and the 2018-2019 application process should visit www.ciee.org/cbyx or contact CIEE at 800-448-9944. Previous German language skills are not required to apply.
CIEE is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, serving more than 400 U.S. colleges and universities, 1,000 U.S. high schools, and 35,000 international exchange students each year.
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To be considered eligible for a CBYX scholarship, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- Between the ages of 15 years and 18 years and 6 months at the start of the program
- A current high school student at the time of application, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
Please see below to read additional eligibility criteria from the U.S. Department of State for the 2018-2019 program year.
Previous German language study is not a requirement and all levels of language ability are encouraged to apply. Only those students who meet the basic eligibility requirements will be considered. Applicants from all racial, economic, ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as are students with disabilities.
The CBYX application deadline varies based upon regional organizations. Select your state in the drop-down to the left to find the deadline set by your regional organization.
Applications are evaluated based upon:
- Evidence of the personal qualities essential for adjustment to another culture, such as flexibility, curiosity, open-mindedness, sense of humor and tolerance for adversity
- Written and oral communication skills
- Motivation for a cross-cultural experience
- Academic merit
CBYX 2018 - 2019 Scholarship Timeline
Fall 2017: Application becomes available online
11:59PM (Pacific), December 12, 2017: Application deadline
December 13, 2017 - Spring 2018: Regional scholarship selection processes
Spring 2018: Finalists and Alternates announced
Selection - International Departure: Pre-departure preparation for all Finalists
July 2018 - August 2018: International departure for Germany
June 2019 - July 2019: Program conclusion and international return from Germany
Dates may vary based on regional organization.
Hear application advice from those who have been there!
Additional Eligibility Criteria from the U.S. Department of State:
2018-2019 Eligibility Policy for American Outbound Youth Programs
Eligibility: The Youth Programs Division of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) seeks to make youth exchange programs funded by ECA available to a wide and diverse American audience. ECA also seeks to prevent conflict of interest issues from arising with regard to Department of State employees and federal award recipients who are involved in particular scholarships and exchange programs.
This eligibility policy is in addition to any program-specific requirements and applies only to U.S. participants in the following programs sponsored (funded) by the Youth Programs Division, and only for programs that include travel outside of the United States:
- Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES Abroad)
- National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
- Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)
- American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP)
- Youth Leadership Program (participants who traveled overseas only)
- Youth Ambassadors Program
Participation in Multiple Programs: Participation in more than one of the above-listed Youth Programs Division-sponsored exchange programs is permitted only in the following circumstances:
- The programs do not take place in the same calendar year.
- The first program in which the individual participated was a short-duration program of eight (8) weeks or less AND the second program is a semester or academic year program.
- Alumni of the semester and academic year programs are NOT eligible to apply for any of the programs listed above.
- Under no circumstances may an individual participate in more than two of the above-listed programs.
Family members of Department of State employees: Family members of employees of the Department of State whose official duties involve an ECA Youth Programs Division exchange program would be precluded from applying for that program. This is because there would be a conflict of interest or the appearance thereof if employees engage in official matters that affect the interests of their family members. In circumstances where a family member other than a spouse or dependent child wants to participate in a program in which the employee has official duties, the appropriateness of the employee engaging in such matters should be discussed with a Department of State Ethics attorney.
Family members of affiliated private sector employees: Family members of employees of ECA-funded implementers of grant programs and Department of State contractors whose official duties involve a particular ECA-funded youth exchange program are technically ineligible for that program. Family members include spouse and dependent children.