Fall 2015: Application becomes available online
December 2015 - February 2016: Applications are due (deadlines vary by implementing organization)
January 2016 - March 2016: Regional organizations select Semi-Finalists
February 2016 - April 2016: Interviews are conducted with Semi-Finalists
March 2016 - April 2016: Finalists and Alternates are announced
May 2016 - August 2016: Pre-departure preparation for all Finalists and Alternates
July 2016 - September 2016: CBYX participants depart for Germany
June 2016 - July 2017: CBYX participants return from Germany
To be considered eligible for a CBYX scholarship, you must be:
A U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident
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 2016-2017 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 organization. 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