The International English Language Olympiad is organized by GLOBAL HIPPO ASSOCIATION, a non-profit organisation founded in 2012 with the purpose of promoting the importance of English language knowledge and bringing together children from different countries. The competition is open to students from 6 – 19 years old around the world.
The 1st International English Language Olympiad was held in 2013, with about 5,000 participants from 6 countries and 43 finalists. In 2019, 35,500 candidates from 40 countries participated, with 150 students competing in the final round in Italy.
The Olympiad is aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), Internationally recognised and Ofqual regulated English language qualifications are used throughout the Olympiad. The qualifications are intended for candidates who are not native speakers of English and who wish to achieve a high quality, internationally recognised qualification in English that is available and recognised worldwide.
The competition will be run in three rounds: preliminary, semi-final and final rounds. Preliminaries and semi-finals will be held in the students' respective countries (for Malaysian students, in Malaysia). Final round will be held in Italy.
The preliminary round will be held on 14th February 2020 (for those take part in their respective schools), 15th or 16th February 2020 (for private candidates) in the registered schools in Malaysia, as well as selected venues in Selangor, Johor Bahru, Penang and Kota Kinabalu for private or independant candidates.
The semi-finals will be held in approved venues in Malaysia, on 14th March 2020. The top 10% from the preliminary round will be invited to participate in the semi-finals.
The final round will be held in Lido di Jesolo (Venezia), Italy, from 15th to 17th May 2020. 150 finalists will be selected from the semi-finalists worldwide as well as a school representative per finalist (chosen by the school), e.g. the student’s teacher, will be invited to the final round of the Olympiad. Three-day half-board accommodation will be provided for all the final round candidates and their teachers free of charge.