UM Student Wins Award to Spend Year Studying, Working in Germany

April 15, 2016

MISSOULA – University of Montana student Autumn Barnes-Fraser has won a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals full-ride award to study and work in Germany from July 2016 through August 2017.

Barnes-Fraser is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in German. She is the daughter of Barbara Barnes and Michael Fraser of Helena, and a graduate of Helena High School.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals is a cultural immersion program that aims to strengthen the ties between Germany and the United States. It begins with an intensive eight-week language immersion program, followed by a semester of study and then a five-month internship in a German-speaking work environment. Participants act as ambassadors during their year abroad, academically, professionally and socially.

Barnes-Fraser will be studying the narrative art of radio journalism, and she hopes to intern at a German radio broadcasting bureau.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals fellowship is funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress. Each year it provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals the opportunity to study, intern and live abroad. Learn more at


Contact: Laure Pengelly Drake, director of External Scholarships and Advising, UM Davidson Honors College, 406-243-6140,; Autumn Barnes-Fraser, UM student, 406-431-9108,