The Catholic University of America

April 14, 2009

CUA Senior Selected for German Exchange Program for Young Professionals

Senior Craig Toocheck in Berlin on Spring Break in 2007.

Catholic University senior architecture major Craig Toocheck has been accepted as a participant in the 2009-2010 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals.

Toocheck, of Trafford, Pa., is among 75 participants chosen from 500 applicants for the study- and work-abroad fellowship that enables participants to spend a year in Germany: two months in an intensive German language course, four months studying at a German university or professional school, and five months completing an internship in their career field with a German company.

Toocheck studied German for a semester at Catholic University and spent Spring Break 2007 in Berlin as part of a group of students who had taken the CUA course "Berlin in Literature and Film" in fall 2006. The course explores the history and culture of Berlin.

"Along with studying German language, history and culture at CUA, visiting Berlin gave me a deeper interest and appreciation for the country and its people," Toocheck said. "I'm excited about going back and really immersing myself in German culture, language and architecture."

Toocheck is also a member of the American Institute of Architecture Students. Following his upcoming exchange year in Germany, where he plans to study architecture, Toocheck says he hopes to pursue a master's degree in architecture and/or urban planning.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange was initiated in 1983 by the United States Congress and the German Bundestag in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the first German immigration to North America.

Now entering its 26th year, the program provides fellowships that cover international airfare, language school and university tuition, living and food stipends, partial housing expenses, health insurance, and costs for travel within Germany and seminars throughout the year.

Since the program involves a reciprocal exchange, 75 German participants will be living throughout the United States as part of the 2009-2010 program.

MEDIA: For more information, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.