Rose to Participate in Youth Exchange Program
June 14, 2011
Corey Rose, a senior German and computer science major at the University of Mount Union, has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany. Among a pool of more than 500 applicants nationwide, he was selected as one of 75 participants for this unique opportunity to gain cultural, theoretical, and practical work experience in Germany.
While in Germany on CBYX, Rose will attend a two-month intensive German language training, study at a German university or professional school for four months and complete a five-month internship with a German company in his career field. Participants are placed throughout Germany, and have the opportunity to learn about everyday German life from a variety of perspectives.
“Corey started German at the elementary level as a freshman, and he has turned out to be one of our top language students,” said Dr. Mark Himmelein, professor of German and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures. “We gave him the opportunity to learn, and he did just that. His knowledge of the language, and particularly his participation in our USAC program in Lüneburg, impressed the German selection committee because these experiences demonstrated his potential to work abroad in a challenging setting. I think it is fair to say that the language study and study abroad experience made his application stand out among the hundreds who applied.”
A native of Vermilion, Ohio, Rose is a student employee in Mount Union’s Office of Information Technology and a member of Foreign Language Club, Society of Computing Students, Alpha Mu Gamma and Alpha Lambda Delta.
CBYX is a reciprocal scholarship program. While American participants like Rose will experience life in Germany, young German professionals will live here in the United States during the upcoming academic year. German participants study at U.S. colleges in the fall and work at local businesses in the spring, all while living with an American host family throughout the year.
Conceived and supported by members of the U.S. Congress and the German Parliament [Bundestag], 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. The program is designed primarily for young adults in business, technical, engineering, vocational and agricultural fields, though candidates in all career fields are encouraged to apply. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 18-24 and have clear career goals and experience in their professional fields. German language ability is not required, but is strongly recommended. For more information on CBYX, visit www.CBYX.info.