Millions of high school students worldwide are invited to take part in the Internationale Deutscholympiade. The motto of this year’s IDO is "Be there! – The IDO comes to you.” Once they’ve won their national qualifying rounds, over 100 German learners age 14 to 17 in over 50 participating countries will be coming together in a virtual space from all five continents. After being hosted in Berlin (2016) and Freiburg (2018), the IDO 2020 will be taking place virtually for the first time.
The winners of the preliminaries all over the world will come to the IDO to vie for the title of World's Best German Learner at three different levels.
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 from 3–7 August 2020 in a Dresden-themed virtual space.
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 a virtual venue will be accompanied by a wide-ranging programme of events and activities, including virtual meet-ups with high-schoolers, artists and other people as well as companies and universities based in or around Dresden or elsewhere in Germany. Participants can also look forward to an exclusive concert, plenty of cultural events and an innovative contest. And feel free to invite family and friends to a number of live events on the programme. With your participation, we aim to make the IDO 2020 a one-of-a-kind worldwide digital event.