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International Deutscholympiade 2022© Goethe-Institut

Internationale Deutscholympiade 2022

The International Deutscholympiade, the world’s biggest contest for German language learners, is gathering steam again: next summer, from 25 July to 5 August 2022, we’ll be coming together in person again for the finals in Hamburg!


DABEI SEIN! TOGETHER AGAIN IN HAMBURG


  • In der Mitte: Die Erstplazierten bei der Nationalen Deutscholympiade aus den USA Foto: JaNae Contag
    In der Mitte: Die Erstplazierten bei der Nationalen Deutscholympiade aus den USA
  • Alle Teilnehmer*innen der IDO Vorrunde in den USA Foto: JaNae Contag
    Alle Teilnehmer*innen der IDO Vorrunde in den USA
  • Vorbereitungsworkshop in Thessaloniki Foto: Ioanna Evangelidou
    Vorbereitungsworkshop in Thessaloniki
  • Die zwei Gewinnerinnen aus Griechenland und ihre Begleitlehrerin Foto: Ioanna Evangelidou
    Die zwei Gewinnerinnen aus Griechenland und ihre Begleitlehrerin
  • Farida Alieva und Abdunosir Usmonov sind aus Usbekistan dabei. Goethe-Institut
    Farida Alieva und Abdunosir Usmonov sind aus Usbekistan dabei.
  • Abschlussfoto bei der Natinonalen Deutscholympiade in Tadschikistan Goethe-Institut
    Abschlussfoto bei der Natinonalen Deutscholympiade in Tadschikistan
  • Die Gewinner*innen der Nationalen Deutscholympiade in Kamerun:  Nefertiti Carole Grace KADJAL AMBASSA und Max Donald ETOUNDI MESSI © Goethe-Institut
    Die Gewinner*innen der Nationalen Deutscholympiade in Kamerun: Nefertiti Carole Grace KADJAL AMBASSA und Max Donald ETOUNDI MESSI
  • Zahlreiche Schüler*innen beteiligten sich in Kamerun an dem nationalen Vorentscheid zur IDO Goethe-Institut
    Zahlreiche Schüler*innen beteiligten sich in Kamerun an dem nationalen Vorentscheid zur IDO
  • Geschafft! Aus Israel werden Lisa Kovensky und Maria Gritsun nach Hamburg reisen. Foto: © privat
    Geschafft! Aus Israel werden Lisa Kovensky und Maria Gritsun nach Hamburg reisen.
  • Japan: Die Finalisten der Nationalen Deutscholympiade. Foto: © privat
    Japan: Die Finalisten der Nationalen Deutscholympiade.
  • Die Nationale Deutscholympiade aus Portugal. © Marc Paulino
    Es hat allen viel Spaß gemacht: Die Nationale Deutscholympiade aus Portugal.
  • Glückliche Finalist*innen aus Portugal: Tomás und Matilde (vorne) haben ein Ticket zur IDO nach Hamburg gewonnen. © Marc Paulino
  • Nationale Vorrunde aus Portugal: Finalistin Matilde und die Begleitlehrerin Fernanda Lisboa. © Marc Paulino
  • Die Nationale Deutscholympiade Thailand fand in Bangkok statt. © Goethe-Institut
  • Die Teilnehmenden der Nationalen Deutscholympiade in Thailand hatten viel Spaß © Goethe-Institut
  • Die Nationale Deutscholympiade für Aserbaidschan fand am Goethe-Institut Tiblissi in Georgien statt. © Goethe-Institut
  • Leyla Bayramova, und Aliya Jalilzade gehen für Aserbaidschan ins Rennen um Gold bei der IDO 2022 in Hamburg © Goethe-Institut
  • Alle Mitwirkende der Nationalen Deutscholympiade für Aserbaidschan © Goethe-Institut
  • Senegal: Regionale Vorrunde auf der Insel Goree © Goethe-Institut
  • Senegal: Die Teilnehmer*innen der regionalen Vorrunde in Ziguinchor © Goethe-Institut
  • Senegal: Die Teilnehmer*innen der regionalen Vorrunde in St. Louis © Goethe-Institut
  • Sie haben auch schon ein Ticket zur IDO nach Hamburg: Ya-Shin und Min Chun aus Taiwan © Goethe-Institut

Congratulations! The first German language Olympians have now emerged from the preliminary national rounds of this year’s IDO.

 

Happy finalists from Portugal: Tomás and Matilde (front) have won tickets to the IDO in Hamburg. © Marc Paulino

Wir sind dabei! We’re in on the action!

Contestants and accompanying teachers for the IDO 2022 in Hamburg introducing themselves. Portugal has already awarded its tickets for the big Hamburg event. Other countries will soon be following suit... (German version only)

Weltkarte mit teilnehmenden Ländern Goethe-Institut

World map showing the participating countries

Around the world at a glance: over fifty different countries take part in the IDO. This page provides some first impressions of the preliminary rounds of the IDO.

Andrei Precupescu Foto: privat

Once IDO, always IDO: our alumni

Get to know some past IDO contestants here.


Hamburg looks forward to hosting you!

Anticipation is the greatest joy: Check out the video for some highlights of the last IDOs with young people from all around the world and get a glimpse at this year’s location, the beautiful port city of Hamburg. Get ready for your IDO experience - we are looking forward to the 2022 finals with you in Hamburg!

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Join the Contest!

We’ve got a whole bunch of exciting events lined up for you

You can look forward to: a country-by-country evening event called “Das sind wir” (Who We Are), starring none other than you yourselves, as well as a tour of Hamburg from its best side, a live concert with a Hamburg band exclusively for you and lots of other surprises! Not only that, but some Hamburg teens will be taking you on a discovery tour of their city and their favourite spots there. Plus workshops to prep you for the German language contest and to provide some pointers on teamwork and making new friends. You’ll be staying at Hamburg’s Horner Rennbahn youth hostel, right next door to a big park with basketball courts and plenty of room for other sports of your choice.

The accompanying teachers won’t be given short shrift either: you can look forward to a seminar on current developments in teaching, intercultural learning and communication. What’s more, Klett, Hueber and Spotlight will be holding special workshops for you on selected aspects of teaching German. You’ll be staying at the Hotel NH Horner Rennbahn, right next to the youth hostel where the contestants are staying.

  • The Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s new philharmonic concert hall and a “cultural monument for all”, was completed in 2016. The Elphi, as it’s affectionately known to locals, is now a prominent city landmark. ©Willie Schumann
    The Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s new philharmonic concert hall and a “cultural monument for all”, was completed in 2016. The Elphi, as it’s affectionately known to locals, is now a prominent city landmark.
  • Elbphilharmonie ©Willie Schumann
    Elbphilharmonie
  • Bremer Kai Hamburg ©Willie Schumann
    The Port of Hamburg is Germany’s largest seaport.
  • The port handled nearly 130 million tonnes of cargo last year. ©Willie Schumann
    The port handled nearly 130 million tonnes of cargo last year.
  • View of Horner Rennbahn, Germany’s oldest horse-racing track ©Willie Schumann
    View of Horner Rennbahn, Germany’s oldest horse-racing track
  • Inside the Horner Rennbahn youth hostel in Hamburg ©Willie Schumann
    Inside the Horner Rennbahn youth hostel in Hamburg
  • The seminar room at Horner Rennbahn youth hostel ©Willie Schumann
    The seminar room at Horner Rennbahn youth hostel
  • Youth hostel  Horner Rennbahn ©Willie Schumann
    Youth hostel Horner Rennbahn
  • Accompanying teachers will be staying at the NH Hotel next door to the youth hostel. ©Willie Schumann
    Accompanying teachers will be staying at the NH Hotel next door to the youth hostel.
  • Goethe-Institut Hamburg ©Goethe-Institut
    Goethe-Institut Hamburg
  • The award ceremony will be held at the Mozartsäle. ©Willie Schumann
    The award ceremony will be held at the Mozartsäle.
  • Here’s where you’ll find out on 5 August which of you will be taking home an IDO medal. ©Goethe-Institut
    Here’s where you’ll find out on 5 August which of you will be taking home an IDO medal.

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Contact

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This section for the press and media provides press releases about the International Deutscholympiade 2022. We’ll also line up interviews for you upon request.


FAQs


  • The Internationale Deutscholympiade (IDO) is the world's biggest German language contest. This year it will be held from 25 July to 5 August under the motto “DABEI SEIN! Zusammen in Hamburg”, or “BE THERE! Together in Hamburg”. Some 140 high school students from 70 different countries will be gathering together in Hamburg for the finals.
  • The winners of the national preliminary rounds will be putting their German skills to the test in the IDO finals at three levels of language proficiency: A2, B1 and B2. Communication skills and creative teamwork are also assessed in the contest.
  • The IDO seeks to promote young talents around the world and kindle enthusiasm for the German language among young people abroad, shore up mutual tolerance and open doors to German culture and civil society for them. The IDO also serves to promote Germany’s appeal as a place to study and work.
  • The finals are held every two years in a different Goethe-Institut location in Germany. Previous editions of the IDO took place in the following cities: 2008 in Dresden, 2010 in Hamburg, 2012 and 2014 in Frankfurt, 2016 in Berlin, 2018 in Freiburg, and 2020 online, though Dresden-based and -themed. The IDO will be heading to Hamburg in 2022.
  • The next IDO will be held from 25 July to 5 August 2022 under the motto “DABEI SEIN! Zusammen in Hamburg” – “BE THERE! Together in Hamburg”.
    Some 140 students from 70 different countries will be heading to Hamburg this summer for the finals.
High school students who have qualified at A2, B1 or B2 level in a Nationale Deutscholympiade (NDO), or any other accredited national selection procedure, are eligible to compete in the IDO. Contestants must be between 14 and 17 years of age. The IDO will take place under the 2G regulation.

The following persons are not eligible to take part in the IDO:

  • Students whose mother tongue is German or who have at least one native German-speaking parent.
  • Students who have lived for more than six months at a time in a German-speaking country.
  • Students at German schools abroad or private schools whose principal language of instruction and communication is German.
  • Students who are already of legal age (18 or older).
  • Students already enrolled to study at a university.
  • Students who provide false information about themselves will be disqualified and/or stripped of their titles.
  • Two contestants per country, whether at the same or different language levels, may compete in Dresden.
  • Persons not fulfilling the 2G regulation (full vaccination protection, 2-times coronavirus vaccination, with a vaccine licensed in the EU).
  • The winners of the qualifying rounds in each participating country’s national contest (Nationale Deutscholympiade) may then represent their country in the finals in Germany.
  • Students can sign up for their Nationale Deutscholympiade through their school or their German teachers.
  • See the Goethe-Institut website for information about competing in a Nationale Deutscholympiade. Bear in mind that not every country takes part in the IDO. If it is not clear whether a Nationale Deutscholympiade is held in your country, inquire at your nearest Goethe-Institut. If there is no Goethe-Institut or Goethe-Institut liaison office in your country, you can register through your country’s national German teachers’ association or the International Association of German Teachers. For more information, see the corresponding German teachers’ association websites.
  • You can sign up for your Nationale Deutscholympiade through your school or your German teachers.
  • For further information, inquire at your local Goethe-Institut.
The language training departments at Goethe-Instituts abroad are responsible for organizing their Nationale Deutscholympiade in concert with the German teachers’ association and other local partners.
  • Contact your local Goethe-Institut to register for the Nationale Deutscholympiade. Each country is responsible for organizing its Nationale Deutscholympiade in detail, so we cannot provide any universally applicable information here.
  • Nationale Deutscholympiade can sign up for the Internationale Deutscholympiade at a Goethe-Institut or Goethe-Institut liaison office abroad.
  • The contestants will be Hamburg’s guests for a two-week program. The world’s top German learners after the qualifying rounds will vie for the first three places in three language proficiency levels. In addition to language skills, they’ll be expected to show intercultural competence and international teamwork.
  • The contestants can take part in a number of interesting workshops and get to know the city of Hamburg by meeting local youngsters as well as local companies and people in culture and the arts. They can also look forward to an interesting cultural programme and a first-hand experience of the Olympic ideals of peaceful coexistence, fair competition {das faire Miteinander} and the rich diversity of the world’s many different cultures.
Participation in the IDO is funded by the Goethe-Institut’s scholarship programme.
  • You’re in for a surprise! Though we can reveal this much: ALL the IDO contestants in Hamburg will receive a gift. And we’ve got special prizes in store for the three top contestants at each level (A2, B1 and B2)!

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Partners and Sponsors


Partner:

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promoter:


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Sponsors:

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