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Internationale Deutscholympiade 2020

The next Internationale Deutscholympiade, the world’s biggest German language contest, will be held in Dresden from 26 July to 8 August 2020. Every two years, 150 high schoolers from 75 countries gather together in Germany to compete in the finals in their favourite foreign language.

Teilnehmer*innen der Internationalen Deutscholympiade. Die Internationale Deutscholympiade findet unter dem Motto DABEI SEIN! vom 26.07 bis 08.08.2020 in Dresden statt. In den Sozialen Medien kann die IDO unter #DABEISEIN! oder unter #IDOdresden2020 erreicht werden Photo: Goethe-Institut / Andree Kaiser

who is eligible?

The winners of the national German language contests in all participating countries may take part in the Internationale Deutscholympiade in Dresden. They will represent their country in the finals in Germany, where the best German learners in the qualifying rounds will vie with the world's best at three different levels of language proficiency. 


Visiting Dresden

  • The seminar for accompanying teachers will be held at the Goethe-Institut Dresden. Photo: Goethe-Institut / Ina Schoenenburg (Agentur Ostkreuz)
    The seminar for accompanying teachers will be held at the Goethe-Institut Dresden.
  • The seminar for accompanying teachers will be held at the Goethe-Institut Dresden. Photo: Goethe-Institut / Ina Schoenenburg (Agentur Ostkreuz)
    The seminar for accompanying teachers will be held at the Goethe-Institut Dresden.
  • The seminar for accompanying teachers will be held at the Goethe-Institut Dresden. Photo: Goethe-Institut / Ina Schoenenburg (Agentur Ostkreuz)
    The seminar for accompanying teachers will be held at the Goethe-Institut Dresden.
  • Frauenkirche church in Dresden Photo: Goethe-Institut / Ina Schoenenburg (Agentur Ostkreuz)
    Frauenkirche church in Dresden
  • Brühl’s Terrace architectural ensemble in Dresden Photo (detail): Goethe-Institut / Ina Schoenenburg (Agentur Ostkreuz)
    Brühl’s Terrace architectural ensemble in Dresden
  • Contestants will be lodged at Dresden’s youth hostel (Deutsche Jugendherberge, DJH). Photo (detail): Goethe-Institut / Ina Schoenenburg (Agentur Ostkreuz)
    Contestants will be lodged at Dresden’s youth hostel (Deutsche Jugendherberge, DJH).
  • The IDO 2020 contest will be held at the Dresden International School (DIS). Photo: Goethe-Institut / Ina Schoenenburg (Agentur Ostkreuz)
    The IDO 2020 contest will be held at the Dresden International School (DIS).
  • The IDO 2020 contest will be held at the Dresden International School (DIS). Photo: Goethe-Institut / Ina Schoenenburg (Agentur Ostkreuz)
    The IDO 2020 contest will be held at the Dresden International School (DIS).
  • Accompanying teachers will be lodged at the Hotel Elbflorenz. Photo: Goethe-Institut / Ina Schoenenburg (Agentur Ostkreuz)
    Accompanying teachers will be lodged at the Hotel Elbflorenz.
  • IDO 2020 events will be held at Kraftwerk Mitte (view of interior). Photo: Goethe-Institut / Ina Schoenenburg (Agentur Ostkreuz)
    IDO 2020 events will be held at Kraftwerk Mitte (view of interior).
  • IDO 2020 events will be held at Kraftwerk Mitte (view of interior). Photo: Goethe-Institut / Ina Schoenenburg (Agentur Ostkreuz)
    IDO 2020 events will be held at Kraftwerk Mitte (view of interior).

FAQs

  • The Internationale Deutscholympiade (IDO) is the world's biggest German language contest. It is held every two years in about 75 countries on all five continents. The winners of the national qualifying rounds (Nationale Deutscholympiade) are invited to demonstrate their German language skills at three levels (A2, B1 and B2) at the IDO. Communication skills and creative teamwork also count in the final scores in the contest.
  • The object of the IDO is to promote young talents around the world and encourage young people abroad to learn German, to bolster mutual tolerance for other cultures and open doors to German culture and civil society for the participants. In this way, the contest also serves to promote Germany as a location for education and business.
  • The IDO finals take place at a different Goethe-Institut location in Germany every two years. In recent years, the IDO was held in Dresden (2008), Hamburg (2010), Frankfurt (2012 and 2014), Berlin (2016) and Freiburg (2018).
  • The next IDO will be held from 26 July to 8 August in Dresden.
  • 150 young contestants from 75 different countries are expected to take part. They will be accompanied by German teachers (one teacher per participating country), who are invited to attend an advanced training seminar at the Goethe-Institut Dresden during their stay.
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 at the start of their journey to the IDO in Germany.

 

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.
  • 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.
  • A number of Goethe-Instituts are still planning their participation, so more information will be posted on their websites over the next few weeks or months.
  • 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 winners and their accompanying teachers can sign up for the Internationale Deutscholympiade at a Goethe-Institut or Goethe-Institut liaison office abroad.
  • The contestants will spend two weeks in Dresden, where the world’s best German learners in the qualifying rounds will vie for the top three slots at three levels. However, the contest is not only about language proficiency: it’s also about intercultural skills and international teamwork.
  • During the first week, after the contestants have been divided up according to their levels of German proficiency (A2, B1, B2), they will attend workshops and seminars to prepare them for the contest. The subject matter of these prep sessions will include creative and journalistic writing, presentation methods and role playing. The actual contest will be held in the second week.
  • Besides the workshops and seminars as well as the contest itself, the contestants will be treated to a programme of supporting events designed to give them a better understanding of Germany and its culture.
  • The Olympic ideals of peaceful coexistence, fairness, and respect for the rich diversity of the world’s cultures will be writ large at an evening event devoted to presenting the various cultures represented at the IDO and in the opening and closing events.
Participation in the IDO is funded by the Goethe-Institut’s scholarship programme.
  • The two winners of the Nationale Deutscholympiade in each country will be invited to compete in the IDO in Dresden. The cost of travel, room and board, the cultural programme etc. will be covered by the Goethe-Institut.
  • The winners of the IDO will be awarded non-cash prizes.
  • The young contestants will be accompanied by German teachers from their own countries who have distinguished themselves by their interesting and innovative teaching. They will attend a seminar designed to give them fresh impetus and new ideas for their teaching. The programme also includes visits to Dresden’s schools and conversations with colleagues there. Aspects of German and local culture and sharing news and views are also important aspects of the seminar.
  • The teachers will also join their students in attending the opening and closing events, the supporting programme of events and the award ceremony.

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