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BYU student selected to participate in German exchange program

Tessa Lush, a sophomore German major with a linguistics emphasis at Brigham Young University, recently received a boost to her German studies with an invitation to participate in the 2011–2012 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals.

A native of Sandy, Utah, Lush is one of 75 participants who were chosen from a pool of more than 500 applicants to experience this unique, year-long work-study scholarship program.

The program begins in July and includes two months of intensive German language training in Germany, four months of classroom instruction at a German university or college of applied sciences and a five-month internship in the participant’s career field. Lush will not learn where she is placed until after arriving in Germany.

Conceived and supported by members of the U.S. Congress and the German Parliament, the CBYX program is financially supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act. Participants come from nearly every career field and from all over the United States.

In addition to the academic and work aspects of this program, participants are expected to represent the United States diplomatically while abroad.

CBYX is a reciprocal scholarship program. While Lush and the other American students will experience life in Germany, young German professionals will likewise live in the United States during the upcoming academic year. 

Lush is also working toward a Spanish minor and plans to get an MBA in international business with an emphasis in human resources.

For more information regarding the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals program, visit

Writer: Lee Simons


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