Exchange to Germany

Austin Eighan, 2015 Bundestag scholar

Exchange to Germany

Professional experience gained in Germany gives you special skills and know-how. More than resume-builders, however, these programs allow you to develop international contacts and friendships that will serve you well throughout life. Each program is unique, so take the time to find the one that best suits your interests, be it in journalism, business, or politics.

Internationales Parlamentsstipendium (IPS)

International Parliamentary Scholarship of The German Bundestag (IPS)

The IPS program of The German Bundestag gives well-qualified young people with a strong interest in politics from the USA, France, Israel and Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe and the Arab world the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Germany's system of parliamentary government. Through fifteen-week placements with Members of the Bundestag, participants are introduced to the wide variety of tasks carried out in a Member’s office. Scholarship-winners are chosen by the Bundestag’s independent selection panel.


Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program offers secondary school students ages 15 to 18 the opportunity to spend a year in Germany living with host families, attending a German school, and participating in community life. Additional CBYX programs are available for young professionals ages 18-24, and graduating seniors from vocational high schools. Prior German language skills are not required.

CBYX for Young Professionals

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals

This year-long program, funded by the German Bundestag and US Congress, annually offers the opportunity for 75 young professionals ages 18-24 with a strong interest in cultural exchange to study, work, and live with a host in Germany. The CBYX for Young Professionals program consists of two months of German language school (no prior German language skills required); four months of classes in the participant’s career field at a university, technical school, or professional school; and a five-month internship in the career field. Participants are placed throughout Germany.  CBYX for Young Professionals is primarily designed for business, engineering, technical, vocational, and agricultural fields, though applicants from all fields may apply.  Applicants from community and technical colleges are especially encouraged to apply.

The German-American Fulbright Program

The German-American Fulbright Program implements Senator J. William Fulbright's visionary concept: The promotion of mutual understanding between our two countries through academic and bicultural exchange. The largest and most varied of the Fulbright programs worldwide, the German-American Fulbright Program has sponsored over 40,000 Germans and Americans since its inception in 1952.

The defining characteristic of the program is student exchange. This core program is complemented by academic year programs for professors, teachers, teaching assistants, and journalists; summer internship programs for students; and seminars for experts in university administration and German and American Studies.

The German-American Fulbright Program

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung

German Chancellor Fellowship (Bundeskanzler-Stipendium)

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program is for university graduates with an interest in international issues and demonstrated leadership potential. The program is targeted at accomplished young professionals who are likely to become decision-makers, thought leaders, and influential voices in their respective fields. The program provides fellows the opportunity to spend one year in Germany, where they will network with other prospective leaders from abroad and explore new solutions to the global issues of our times.

Robert Bosch Stiftung

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that offers a select cohort of accomplished Americans the opportunity to complete a comprehensive intercultural professional program in Germany that is comprised of three main components:

  • Individual professional assignments
  • Professional seminars
  • German language training

Bosch Fellows act as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany. In addition, they participate in professional seminars, where they travel to meet and exchange ideas with experts and decision makers from Germany and Europe.

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship

In German, to "bring two things under a hat" ("zwei Dinge unter einen Hut bringen") means to successfully juggle them.

German American Partnership Program

The German American Partnership Program (GAPP), the largest high school exchange program between the United States and Germany, allows around 12,000 students to travel across the Atlantic each year.


The Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP)

In the spirit of “breaking down walls of the mind” and promoting “classrooms that span continents,” the public / private partnership Transatlantic Outreach Program aims to promote education about modern Germany, to encourage cross-cultural dialogue between North American and German classrooms, and to provide the opportunity for social studies educators, STEM educators, and decision makers to experience Germany in person.