LAKE PLEASANT - Michelle Frenssen of Lake Pleasant returned to the United States July 17 after spending a year in Germany as a participant of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals.
Frenssen is affiliated with the State University of New York at Geneseo, where she studied psychology and biology. She was selected as one of 75 participants nationwide for this competitive government-sponsored fellowship for young professionals between ages 18 and 24.
Frenssen was part of a group of 75 Americans that departed for Germany from Washington, DC in July 2012. She began her year abroad with two months of intensive German language training at the Carl Duisberg Centrum in Cologne, then studied for a semester at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen.
Her year finished with internships with the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet and BayernLB in Munich.
Participants of the CBYX program complete internships in a variety of fields. They also have the opportunity to live with a German host and learn about daily life from a German perspective.
The CBYX program is financially supported by the U.S. Congress through the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, as well as the German Bundestag (parliament).
The program funds participants' international airfare, housing, seminars, insurance and monthly stipends.