International German Olympics (IDO)

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Be the one to represent the USA at the world finals of IDO in summer 2020 in Dresden!

Here is how:

REGISTER - German teachers had the chance to sign up one to four of their German students for IDO 2019/2020 by no later than October 9, 2019. At this point in time, IDO-sign-up is closed.  

ONLINE PHASE - Follow our instructions via e-mail to access the online tasks. From October 15-18, 2019 you need to complete one task each day. 

US-FINALS - The best 14 students of the online phase will be invited to the final preliminary round held at Goethe-Institut Chicago December 6-7, 2019. This competition will test their knowledge of the German language and culture and they will be judged by a jury of experts. 

WORLD-FINALS - The best student on each language level will travel (all expenses paid!) to Dresden from July 26-August 8, 2020 and compete with German language learners from around the world. On this trip, the two students will be chaperoned by a German teacher from the USA. The teacher will receive a scholarship to attend a professional development seminar especially designed for German teachers by the Goethe-Institut.  


On December 1 and 2, the Goethe-Institut Chicago hosted 14 students from nine different states across the US. They had prevailed against more than 200 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 Christkindlmarket. 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.

On December 2, 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.

Many thanks to the jury: Petra Roggel, Herbert Quelle, Helene Zimmer-Loew, Anja Schmitt, Katja Fullard und Magdalena Rössig.