International German Olympics 2020

  • IDO 2018 © Goethe-Institut
  • IDO 2018 header © Goethe-Institut
  • IDO 2018 © Goethe-Institut
  • IDO 2018 © Goethe-Institut
  • IDO 2018 © Goethe-Institut
  • IDO 2018 © Goethe-Institut
  • IDO 2018 © Goethe-Institut

The International German Olympics (IDO – Internationale Deutscholympiade) are 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 fall/winter of 2019 the USA preliminary rounds will take place, after which two students will be chosen to represent the USA 26 Juli till August 08, 2020 in Dresden. 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 round is composed of two parts:

  1. Online, October 8-11, 2019: Participants have a span of 4 days to complete various tasks.
  2. In Chicago, December 6-7, 2019: 14 students compete against one another in an ‘Olympic-Pentathlon’. The two participants who will compete at the IDO 2020 in Dresden will be determined in hopes of achieving the Olympiad motto “Be the one”. 
Impressions from the USA Preliminary Round in 2017

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.