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Welcome to the IDO: DABEI SEIN!
IDO in Dresden from 26 July – 8 August 2020

International evening event at the IDO 2018 Photo (detail): Goethe-Institut / Andree Kaiser

Millions of high school students worldwide are invited to take part in the Internationale Deutscholympiade under the motto DABEI SEIN! Once they’ve won their national qualifying rounds, 150 German learners age 14 to 17 in over 75 participating countries will be traveling to Germany from all five continents. After being hosted in Berlin (2016) and Freiburg (2018), the IDO 2020 will be held in Dresden.

Millions of high school students worldwide are invited to take part in the Internationale Deutscholympiade under the motto DABEI SEIN! Once they’ve won their national qualifying rounds, 150 German learners age 14 to 17 in over 75 participating countries will be traveling to Germany from all five continents. After being hosted in Berlin (2016) and Freiburg (2018), the IDO 2020 will be held in Dresden.

The winners of the preliminaries all over the world will come to the IDO in Dresden to vie for the title of World's Best German Learner at three different levels. They will be accompanied on their journey to Dresden by particularly dedicated German teachers from their own countries. These teachers will have an opportunity to compare notes on teaching teenagers with colleagues from around the world and work new methods and approaches into their teaching when they get home.

The object of the IDO is to kindle enthusiasm for the German language among young people abroad, to promote tolerance for other cultures in general and to open doors to German culture, business and civil society for the contestants.

The finals will be held in Dresden from 26 July to 8 August 2020.

The IDO is organized by the Goethe-Institut in association with the International German Teachers’ Association (IDV).

The Internationale Deutscholympiade serve not only to spark enthusiasm for the German language and Olympic ideals among motivated young people abroad, but also to bolster tolerance for other cultures and to promote a more cosmopolitan Germany. The finals in Dresden will be enriched by a wide-ranging programme of accompanying events and, among other things, ample opportunity to get to know other school groups as well as companies, artists and others from various countries.

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