Student Selected to Study in Germany

Fox Chapel Area High School sophomore Cassidy Carson has been selected to receive a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship. Cassidy will spend her junior year of high school studying abroad in Germany. She will live with a German family and attend a gymnasium (a college prep high school) for 10 months (September 2016-July 2017). The students studying abroad will also travel to Berlin where they will address the German Bundestag (the lower house of parliament). Cassidy is one of only about 250 students from the United States selected to participate in this program for the 2016-2017 school year.  Cassidy's home placement in Germany will be facilitated by the American Field Service (AFS) organization.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange is for motivated high school students who want to experience a culture and learn a language through a full immersion experience. Initiated in 1983, the program was created to strengthen ties between Germany and the United States through citizen diplomacy. The program was founded in celebration of the 300th year anniversary of the first German immigration to the United States. The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program is jointly funded by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag, and in the U.S. is overseen by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. More than 24,000 students have prepared themselves for success in an increasingly global world by participating in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program.