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IDO 2022

The Internationale Deutscholympiade (IDO), the world’s biggest German language contest, is picking up speed again! In 2022, the final will take place in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg from 25 July to 5 August 2022.

What is the IDO?

The Internationale Deutscholympiade is a biannual worldwide contest where contestants put their German language skills to the test at three different levels (A2, B1 and B2). The finals are held in a different Goethe-Institut location in Germany every two years. 

Each participating country hosts national qualifying rounds to determine the top two 'Olympians' who will represent their country at the IDO finals during the summer holidays, where they compete against the world's best German learners. The competition is not only about language skills, however, it’s also about intercultural skills and international teamwork.

The top two UK Olympians and one accompanying teacher will receive a scholarship to travel to the IDO finals in Germany, including airfare, accommodation, meals and cultural programme. The winners of the International German Olympics will receive a  scholarship to undertake a youth course in Germany the following summer. 

The IDO takes place every two years - the next IDO will be in 2023-2024.

IDO 2022 - Meet our UK finalists!

We are delighted to introduce you to our IDO 2022 finalists, Martha Machray (Brentwood School) and Chinedu Ndukwu (St. Olave's Grammar School).

Our heartfelt congratulations go to Martha and Chinedu who, together with one accompanying teacher, will receive a scholarship to travel to the IDO finals in Hamburg this summer 2022!

Martha and Chinedu wowed us with their impressive German skills and demonstrated great teamwork and creativity in the online national qualifying rounds in November 2021. We would also like to thank all of the other participants in the qualifying rounds who can be equally proud of their outstanding achievements.

In February 2022, we interviewed Martha and Chinedu to ask them what learning German means to them and what they're most looking forward to at the IDO Finals in Hamburg:

Student Portrait + TextMartha Machray © Goethe-Institut London
Student Portrait + TextChinedu Ndukwu © Goethe-Institut London

How do I take part?

Applications for the IDO 2022 are closed. The next IDO will take place in 2024. Applications will open in Autumn 2023.

Participants in the IDO 2022 must be at least 14 years old and no more than 17 years old during the IDO (25th July- 5th August, 2022). I.e. they must have been born between 06.08.2004 and 24.07.2008.

Excluded from participation are:
  • Students whose mother tongue is German or who have at least one parent/guardian who is German-speaking
  • Students who have lived in German-speaking countries for more than six months.
  • Students from German schools abroad and local private schools whose language of instruction and communication is predominantly German (e.g. German immersion schools)
  • Students who are outside the targeted age group
  • Students who have already started their studies at the university.

Attention: Incorrect information about the participants will lead to disqualification or to the revocation of winning places.

IDO 2020

In 2020, Sophia, a student from London, and Hannah, student from Essex, participated in the virtual IDO finals for the UK. Sophia was part of the group that won the 'Beste Gruppenleistung' prize!


Contact in UK

Teacher Services Department
Goethe-Institut London
Tel. +44 20 75964031

We are looking forward to receiving requests from schools in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England!