International German Olympiad 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!

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 participate.

Participants must be at least 14 years old and a maximum of 17 years old. 

Two students per country can take part. It is possible for participants to qualify at different levels or at the same level.

The following persons are not eligible to take part in the IDO- FOR REASONS OF FAIRNESS:

  • Students whose mother tongue is German or who have at least one native German-speaking parent.
  • Students who, after the age of three 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 have already been awarded a language scholarship for Germany in 2024
  • Students already enrolled to study at a university.
  • Pupils who are already 18 years or older.
Incorrect information about the students will lead to disqualification or withdrawal of titles.

Please review the above application requirements to determine if you are eligible to apply.

To continue with your application, click here, to access and complete the application form.
Application Deadline for the National Deutscholympiade: 15.02.2024

If you do not have an official certificate and cannot correctly assess your level, it is useful and helpful to take the free placement test (the link can be found in the application form).

The selected participants will be notified by e-mail.

The national qualifying round in Saudi Arabia will take place on March 2, 2024 from 8:00 AM at the Goethe-Institut Riyadh.
Application Deadline for the National Deutscholympiade: 15.02.2024

Online orientation and preparation meeting

Date: 29 January 2024 
Time: 16.00 - 20.00 hrs 

Online via Zoom link 

Note: You need a headset, a computer and an internet connection

We explain the qualification round process to you 
We do exercises with you in the format of the qualification round

All those who have registered for the national preliminary round can take part according to their language level (A2, B1, B2).
Experienced language trainers will accompany you.

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