International German Olympics (IDO) 2018

Be the one! IDO 2018 © © Goethe-Institut Be the one! IDO 2018 © Goethe-Institut

The International German Olympiad (IDO – Internationale Deutscholympiade) is the largest German language contest in the world. Every 2 years, students from around the world demonstrate their German knowledge. They put together an information gallery, create a group presentation, or take part in a ‘Deutsch-Quiz’. And above all, they have fun, make new friends, and get to know one another in and through the German language.

In the fall/winter of 2017 the USA preliminary rounds take place, after which two students are chosen to represent the USA in Freiburg in 2018. The students will be chaperoned by a German teacher from the USA, who will take part in a seminar while in Germany. 

The USA Preliminary rounds is composed of two parts:

  1. Online October 10-13, 2017: Participants have a span of 4 days to complete various tasks
  2. In Chicago: 14 Students will be invited to Chicago on December 1-2, 2017 to compete against one another in an ‘Olympic-Pentathlon’. The two participants who will compete at the IDO in 2018 will be determined in hopes of achieving the Olympiad motto “Be the one”. 
Here you find further information:

More Information about the IDO USA

Registration deadline: October 02, 2017

Impressions from the USA Preliminary Round 2016

Heidi Willden (Cadarburg High School, WI) and Michael McNamara (Pine Richland High School, PA) won the USA Preliminary Round in 2015 and took part in the International German Olympiad in Berlin in 2016. 

On December 4 and 5, the Goethe-Institut Chicago hosted 14 students from ten different states across the US. They had prevailed against 260 participants during the first preliminary round of the International German Olympics.

After a short welcome, the afternoon and evening program started. The students did a tour of the Loop and they visited the Chicago Christkindelmarket. Afterwards, the students had dinner and everyone was excited to try Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. The highlight of the evening was the Hancock Tower’s observation deck on the 94th floor. Unfortunately, the visibility was not very good since it was foggy outside. However, the students had a lot of fun "Tilting."

On December 5, the second preliminary round of the International German Olympics officially began. It was held as an "Olympic pentathlon" – the student’s reading, listening, speaking, writing and presenting skills were put to the test.
The jury’s decision was not easy since all students did a fantastic job. In the end, two students prevailed: Heidi Willden and Michael McNamara.

Many thanks to the jury: Helene Zimmer-Loew, Anja Schmitt, Wiebke Zell, Denise Elsman and Anna Maria Gmeiner.