TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 11, 2010) –
In 2007, Tallahassee Community College first participated in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Program, a scholarship program with a strong focus on cultural exchange between the United States and Germany. A positive experience prompted TCC to enhance its participation in the program.
Earlier this year, 150 students – 75 each from both the United States and Germany – were chosen to participate in the program. Following a rigorous selection process, 21-year old Sabine Trojan was placed in Tallahassee.
“We are excited to again participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program,” said Betty Jensen, International Student Adviser. “We have enjoyed three great years of participation, and TCC is now sending American students to Germany – so this is truly an exchange program!”
Trojan began her year-long stay in Tallahassee in August and has been in class at TCC since the fall semester began August 23. After studying at the College through the end of the Fall 2010 semester, she will spend six months completing a required internship in her career field before returning to Germany in July 2011.
Trojan will fulfill another requirement on Friday, November 12 when she makes a presentation to American students at TCC who may be interested in studying in Germany through the CBYX program. The presentation will take place at 12:15 p.m. in Room 114 of TCC’s Center for Workforce Development.
CBYX is designed to give its participants understanding for everyday life, education and professional training in Germany and the United States. Participants are chosen based on an array of factors including a strong desire to learn other cultures and forge lasting friendships. They also have the opportunity to study, work and live with a host family. While in Tallahassee, Trojan is being hosted by Hobby and Tracy Wright.
The program is jointly funded by the German Bundestag and the U.S. Congress, through the U.S. Department of State.
CBYX is intended primarily for young adults in business, technical, vocational and agricultural fields, though applicants from all fields are encouraged to apply. Since 1984, approximately 75 college-age Americans have gone to Germany annually while 75 Germans have come to study in the United States.
Any American student at TCC interested in finding out more about the CBYX Program should stop by TCC’s Office of International Student Services, located in Room 242 of the Student Union, log on to www.cdsintl.org/cbyx or contact Betty Jensen by phone, (850) 201-8457, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline for to participate in the 2011-12 program is December 1.