IHBB is currently in the early stages of planning for the inaugural 2015 International History Olympiad, which will be held at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA on July 9-15, 2015. The International History Olympiad will be a week-long celebration of history for students from around the world, with competitions, field trips, seminars with professors, social events, and more.

Students will qualify for the International History Olympiad in one of 3 ways:

1. Qualifying through International History Bee and Bowl tournaments – Outside the USA
Students who finish in the top half of any qualifying tournament outside the USA in either the 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 school year will be eligible to participate in the IHO.

2. Qualifying through the International History Bee and Bowl – Inside the USA
Students and teams in the USA who finish in the top half at the high school National Championships in either the 2013-14 or 2014-15 school year will be eligible to participate in the IHO. Currently, this is the only method of qualification for the International History Olympiad open to students who attend school in the USA.

3. Qualifying from outside the USA through an online qualifying exam.
Students who are interested in attending the IHO from outside the USA and whose school is located more than 400 km away from a regional tournament in the 2014-2015 school year also have the option of taking an online multiple choice test, which must be administered by a teacher at their school. Students who finish in the top half of students from their country by the end of the 2014 calendar year or obtain a certain score on the online qualifying exam can also attend. You will be able to take the online test from the end of October 2014. Please contact nolwenn@historybowl.com if you are interested in taking this exam.

A few other notes:

  • As further information becomes available, we will post it here, and a new website dedicated solely to the History Olympiad will become available in the fall of 2014.
  • During the program of the Olympiad, there will be individual, national, and school based events on offer. These include buzzer-based quiz competitions, exams, historical debates, simulation of historical events (e.g. the Congress of Vienna or the planning of the D Day invasion), historical games, field trips to historic sites, and a historical scavenger hunt. There will also be a chance to interact with professors and get a sense for what studying history in college is like. Foreign students in particular may be interested to tour an American university and gain information on study abroad opportunities in the USA.
  • There will almost certainly be far more students from the USA at the Olympiad than any other country (as IHBB is most developed in the USA so far). In future years, this arrangement will likely change.
  • It has not yet been determined if students who are interested in only certain events will be allowed to compete in them alone, or whether participation in all events will be required.
  • Students who gain eligibility for the 2015 Olympiad but who then graduate high school in spring 2014 will still be allowed to compete in 2015 even if they have 1 year of university or other post-high school experience . When students qualify for the Olympiad, they qualify for 2 years, so as to allow for greater ease of planning. They may then attend both Olympiads for which they are eligible without having to requalify.
  • We are actively seeking input and suggestions to help guide our planning. Contact us at director@historybowl.com if you would like to contribute your thoughts.