International German Olympics 2018

IDO 2018 © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

From 15th to 28th July 2018 the International German Olympics (IDO) takes place in Freiburg (Breisgau). 

The IDO is the worldwide biggest competition for German language. Every two years, teenager from all around the world meet to compete in their most beloved foreign language. In 2016, 125 students from 64 countries participated. Besides contesting with each other for the trophy, the IDO is about mutual understanding, tolerance and cultural exchange. Just by taking part the students will profit.

The teens qualify in national preliminary rounds in their countries for the IDO. Two students per country are allowed to participate. They contest with each other to become world champions in the language level A2, B1, B2. In order to manage this, not just language skills, but also intercultural competences and the ability to work in international teams are highly requested.
In 2018, Vietnam takes part for the third time. During the last IDO in 2016, Nguyen Ngoc My from Nang Khieu High School in HCMC won the first prize in the A2 level.


Nominated PASCH students as well as learners at Goethe-Institut Hanoi and HCMC born 2001-2004 with language skills on A2 or B1 are eligible to participate. Nominees must currently attend grades 8-11 and must be at least 14 years old on 14.07.2018.
For fairness reasons, the following students are excluded from participation:
  • Students whose native language is German or with at least one German-speaking parent.
  • Students who lived longer than six month in a German-speaking country.
  • Students who study at IGS HCMC or private schools with German as class or main communication language.
Selected PASCH-schools and the Goethe-Institut in Hanoi and HCMC are requested to nominate the best students born 2001-2004 with language skills on A2 or B1 for the national qualifying round.
Kindly ask your German teacher for information. 
The national qualifying round is scheduled for Saturday, April 14th 2018, in Hanoi. During this competition, the two best students in the language level A2 and B1 will be selected to represent Vietnam in the IDO in Freiburg. But no participant will go home empty-handed, great gifts are waiting for all finalists.
Updates are done after the qualification round took place.
The organizers for the preliminary rounds are the Goethe-Institut Vietnam, the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA) and the Vietnamese German Teachers Association.