The International English Language Olympiad is organised by GLOBAL HIPPO ASSOCIATION, a non-profit organisation founded in 2012 to promote the importance of English language knowledge and bring 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 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 Malaysia. Final round will be held in Italy.
The preliminary round will be held on 14th or 17th February 2020 (for candidates who take part in their school) OR 15th or 16th February 2020 (for students who take part outside their school in the selected private centre). When you register via our link, you can select the private centre near you.
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.