Welcome to the International Academic Competitions Europe homepage! IAC is a network of numerous 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 Europe, please email our Executive Director, Mrs Nolwenn Madden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck with all of your competitions for the 2018-2019 academic year!
IAC Competitions for Students in Europe
IAC has been administering competitions in Europe 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 2002
- Junior Varsity – For students born from 1 September 2002 to 31 August 2004
- Middle School – For students born on or after 1 September 2004
Note that for team events (i.e. the International History Bowl and the International Academic Bowl), 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 Europe in a network of 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 European Championships held at the end of the school year.
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 European Championships.
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 July 2020. The Olympiad consists of numerous buzzer-based and other competitions, sightseeing, and special events with students from around the world. Students in Europe 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 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 school years. 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 European Championships, and the biennial IGB World Championships. The European Championships is entirely buzzer-based; the World Championships is multifaceted and takes place over a week. The next IGB World Championships will be held in July 2020. 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 European Championships and the IGB World Championships. The IGB Championships Qualifying Exam is given at each of the regional tournaments for the International History Bee and Bowl in Europe, or students can take the Exam at their school or with a homeschool instructor proctoring it.
International Academic Bowl
Since 2016, the IHBB European Championships have also featured the International Academic Bowl, an all-subject quiz bowl competition that is open to all schools and does not require prior qualification. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the International Academic Bowl will also expand to the regional level, with 2-4 tournaments expected to run throughout Europe. The International Academic Bowl European Championships will then take place in conjunction with the IHBB European Championships in late May 2019.
Sports & Entertainment History Bee of Europe
The IHBB European Championships also annually feature the Sports and Entertainment History Bee of Europe. Uniquely, this competition also features an adult division for interested parents, teachers, and other observers at the European 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.