International Academic Competitions is a consortium of competitions for primary and secondary students operating in over 50 countries around the world. IAC’s mission is to reward academic excellence by bringing innovative, stimulating, fair, and relevant competition opportunities to students around the world. Academic competitions have a unique role to play in the education of students by encouraging them to explore new areas of knowledge while rewarding achievement inside the classroom. Academic competitions can help students gain confidence, make new friends, strengthen long-term memory knowledge, help students with university admissions, and most of all, ignite a passion for lifelong learning. IAC would love nothing more than to give all children around the world rewarding academic competition opportunities in which they can take part.

IAC is overseen by Nolwenn and David Madden, a married French-American couple with decades of combined experience with academic competitions, as participants, volunteers, tournament directors, and administrators. IAC staff include tournament directors, question writers, logisticians, and administrative personnel who are passionate about developing and growing our competitions. In the years to come, IAC will seek to fulfill its mission by continuing to refine its existing competitions and developing new ones in an expanding array of cities, regions, and countries. We welcome comments and feedback from students, teachers, coaches, parents, and anyone who shares our vision at