UM Student Wins CBYX Scholarship to Study in Germany

March 31, 2017

Talia Zook

MISSOULA – University of Montana student Talia Zook has won a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals full-ride scholarship to study and work in Germany for a year.

The CBYX program begins in late July with an eight-week intensive language immersion course, followed by a semester of study, then wraps up in August 2018 with a five-month internship in a German-speaking work environment. Zook hopes to intern as a marketer at a German firm. Placement will be determined a few weeks before departure in late July.

“I’m eager to create and manage marketing campaigns for a progressive, tech-oriented company – preferably with international clients,” Zook said. “I’m interested in almost all aspects of campaign design, including graphic design, market research and big data analysis, but would primarily like to be working in the team responsible for creative execution.”

She plans to use her international experiences to manage the effects of globalization in the modern business world.

Zook, a senior from Missoula, will graduate in May with degrees in marketing and international business. She is the daughter of Tony and Molli Zook of Missoula and is a 2013 graduate of Big Sky High School.

Zook spent a semester abroad in 2016 studying at the Berlin School of Economics and Law and is eager to return to Germany to further study language, culture and marketing. While in Germany, she volunteered at a refugee shelter, and she is currently involved with Missoula’s Soft Landing refugee settlement and integration organization.

Zook also has served as a UM Advocate, an advertising director intern with the Montana Kaimin, and a marketing and media intern at UM’s Education Abroad office. She currently works as a social media intern with UM’s Office of Integrated Communications. 

Initiated in 1983, the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange was created to strengthen ties between Germany and the United States through citizen diplomacy. The program was founded in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the first German immigration to the United States. CBYX 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.

Over 24,000 students have prepared themselves for success in an increasingly global world by participating in the CBYX program. More information is online at


Contact: Laure Pengelly Drake, UM coordinator for Writing Center programs, external scholarships and advising, 406-243-6140,; Talia Zook, UM student, 406-493-5447,