International German Language Olympics 2024

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The IDO is legendary. Known as a major international celebration of the German language, the 2024 edition of the contest comes to Göttingen! Young participants will compete for the title of best learner of the German language and also embark on a journey of discovery through the green city of science. In national preliminary rounds, around 50 countries around the world are now preparing for the grand IDO final in Göttingen from 15 to 22 July 2024. It’s taking part that counts!

National competition in Pakistan

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 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 world's biggest German language event, the International German Olympiad (IDO) will be held from 15.-22.07.2024 in Göttingen.

German language students from PASCH and BKD schools who have achieved a certain higher German language level A2+ can participate in the national qualifying round in Pakistan, which will be held on February 24 (TBC) in Karachi, Islamabad, and Lahore.

The selection process follows a very comprehensive list of criteria and the age level of students falls in the bracket between 14-17 years of age. German native speakers and students who have lived in Germany as well as students whose parents are native speakers cannot participate in the event.

The national round will be taking place in three cities in Pakistan at the same time, Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. The student who receives the best result in the round and after an interview will be selected to represent Pakistan in the IDO in Germany.

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What is the Internationale Deutscholympiade?


  • The Internationale Deutscholympiade (IDO) is the world’s biggest contest for German language learners. In 2024, it will take place from 15 to 22 July according to the motto “DABEI SEIN! Wissen schaffen. Zukunft machen” (“BE THERE! Creating knowledge. Making the future”).
  • The final elimination is contested every two years with the venue alternating between Goethe-Institut cities in Germany. In the past, the following cities have hosted the IDO: Dresden in 2008, Hamburg in 2010, Frankfurt in 2012 and 2014, Berlin in 2016, Freiburg in 2018, in digital format with a Dresden connection in 2020, and Hamburg again in 2022. Göttingen will host the event for the first time in 2024.

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