Welcome to the International Academic Competitions Asia homepage! IAC is a network of over a dozen separate academic competitions, all of which have been founded since 2010. IAC’s staff administers and oversees events in over 25 separate countries, and is deeply committed to the growth and development of academic competition. Please explore our website to learn more about our competition opportunities for you and your school. For further information on any of our competitions in Asia, please email our Executive Director, Mrs Nolwenn Madden at
Good luck with all of your competitions for the 2017-2018 academic year!

IAC Competitions for Students in Asia

IAC has been administering competitions in Asia since 2012. All of the following competitions are divided into 3 age divisions, which for the 2017-2018 academic year are divided as follows:

  • Varsity – For students born on or before 1 September 2001
  • Junior Varsity – For students born from 1 September 2001 to 31 August 2003
  • Middle School – For students born on or after 1 September 2003

Note that for team events (i.e. the International History Bowl and the Academic Bowl of Asia), a team may have  younger students on it, but older students may not play on a team competing in a younger age division.


International History Bowl

The International History Bowl is a buzzer-based team history quiz competition that runs throughout Asia in a network of approximately 25-30 regional tournaments each year. Teams consist of up to 6 students, up to 4 of whom play together at any given time. Solo-student teams are also encouraged to compete and often do so. Each tournament runs on either the Alpha or Beta set of questions, so teams can compete up to two times at the regional level. At all regional tournaments students can qualify for the annual Asian Championships held at the end of the school year. The 2018 IHBB Asian Championships will be held at the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa in Khao Lak, Thailand on 17 June.


International History Bee

The International History Bee is a buzzer-based history quiz competition for individual students. All regional IHBB History Bowl tournaments also feature a History Bee component, held at different times so that students can compete in both the Bee and the Bowl. As with the Bowl, there are both Alpha and Beta question sets, so students can compete up to twice each school year at the regional level, and those who qualify are then allowed to compete at the annual Asian Championships, which will be held in 2018 at the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa in Khao Lak, Thailand on 16 June.


International History Olympiad

The International History Olympiad is an 8-day long history extravaganza, held every two years – the next Olympiad will take place in Berlin, Germany on 14-22 July, 2018.  The Olympiad consists of numerous buzzer-based and other competitions, sightseeing, and special events with students from around the world. Students in Asia qualify for the Olympiad by finishing in the top half of students or teams in their age division at any regional or championship tournament during either the 2016-17 or 2017-18 school years. At the Olympiad, students compete in age divisions based solely on birthdates, even if they qualified in a different age division. Also, at the Olympiad, students can compete for either the country of their citizenship or the country where they attend school.


International Geography Bee

The International Geography Bee is a worldwide geography quiz competition, consisting of the IGB Championships Qualifying Exam, the Asian Championships, and the biennial IGB World Championships. The Asian Championships is entirely buzzer-based; the World Championships is multifaceted and takes place over 6 days. The next IGB World Championships will be held in Berlin, Germany from 11-17 July, 2018. Attending students who are qualified may also compete in the International History Olympiad; the two competitions are designed to allow for cross-participation.

The same IGB Championships Qualifying Exam is used for both the Asian Championships and the IGB World Championships. The IGB Championships Qualifying Exam is given at each of the approximately 25-30 regional tournaments for the International History Bee and Bowl in Asia, or students can take the Exam at their school or with a homeschool instructor proctoring it. The next IGB Asian Championships will take place on 16 June, 2018 at the JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with the IHBB Asian Championships.

Academic Bowl of Asia

Since 2016, the IHBB Asian Championships have also featured the Academic Bowl of Asia, an all-subject quiz bowl competition that is open to all schools and does not require prior qualification. In the future, we anticipate running the Academic Bowl of Asia at the regional level in cities where there is sufficient interest, perhaps as early as 2018.  The next Academic Bowl of Asia will take place on Friday, 15 June, 2018 at the JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with the IHBB Asian Championships

Sports Bee

Sports & Entertainment History Bee of Asia

The IHBB Asian Championships also annually feature the Sports and Entertainment History Bee of Asia. Uniquely, this competition also features an open division for interested parents, teachers, and other observers at the Asian Championships who are not eligible to compete as students. The Sports and Entertainment History Bee features questions on the history of pop culture, including recent developments in television, music, movies, video games, internet culture, and global sports. The next Academic Bowl of Asia will take place on Friday, 15 June, 2018 at the JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with the IHBB Asian Championships