IHBB is currently in the early stages of planning for the inaugural International History Olympiad, to be held at a college campus in the USA in the summer of 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
American students and teams 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. 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 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 on the online qualifying exam can also attend. The exam must be taken either in February 2013 or February 2014, so there are potentially two chances to qualify this way. Please contact nolwenn@historybowl.com if you are interested in taking this exam.

A few other notes:

  • We have yet to determine costs, a venue, or date – as mentioned above, we are in the very early stages of planning the IHO. As further information becomes available, we will post it here, and a new website dedicated solely to¬† the IHO will become available in 2014.
  • During the program of IHO, 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. As we are planning on holding the IHO at a university in the USA, 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 IHO than any other country (as IHBB is most developed in the USA so far). The greater number of Americans at IHO will help subsidize participation costs for students from other countries, however. In future years, this arrangement may be subject to 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 IHO 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 IHO, they qualify for 2 years, so as to allow for greater ease of planning. They may then attend both IHOs 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.