Houghton Mifflin HarcourtFacebookTwitterYouTube

The costs of the 2018 International History Olympiad are as follows (per student):

1850 USD – International History Olympiad only (8 nights lodging from July 14-22, does not include night of July 22)

2475 USD – Combined registration for International History Olympiad & International Geography Bee World Championships (11 nights lodging from July 11-22, does not include night of July 22)


1. These costs include all the meals from dinner on July 11 (with IGB) or July 14. Breakfast and/or Lunch can be purchased that day for $10 USD each. Dinner (for those leaving after 8pm) on July 22 is available for $12 USD.

2. It is not permitted to stay at a spot apart from our group unless you live in the city of Berlin. If this applies to you, contact director@historybowl.com for information on pricing.

3. There is no extra program charge for the Civilization tournament, Ancestry.com Research Competition, or any sightseeing option, though some of these may have limited spaces available (in which case, first-come, first-served). There is also no charge for airport (Tegel or Schönefeld) or Berlin Hauptbahnhof (or Central Bus Station) pick up or drop off during standard times. However, for departures leaving after 10pm or before 8am, an extra $50 fee applies.

4. There is the option to stay one extra night at the start (either July 10 if coming for IGB Worlds, or otherwise, July 13) and/or end of the Olympiad (i.e. July 22) The extra night on either end includes up to 3 meals (i.e. from dinner on July 10/13 or from dinner on July 22). The extra night on either end costs $115 per night. Pickups and drop offs at airports or bus/train stations are still included with the usual surcharge for pickups / drop offs outside normal hours.

5. We accept the following methods of payment: US dollar check, wire transfer, credit card or Paypal. For payments by wire transfer, a 30 USD fee applies. All wire transfers must be paid in US dollars, namely, the amount we receive must be the amount owed in US dollars, plus the transfer fee. If your bank charges additional fees, these must be taken into account in addition to this. For payments by credit card and Paypal, a $50 USD processing fee applies.

6. Instructions regarding submitting payment by check and wire transfer will be forwarded to participants upon registration, while for credit cards and PayPal, you can pay after (this will open in fall 2017) registering here.

7. Late Fees & Refund Policy: No student will be allowed to compete unless all payments and applicable late fees have been paid prior to July 10! Payments are due by July 1. For payments not received by July 5 (to allow for a four-day grace period), a $100 late fee applies. As for refunds, we can refund payments in full, minus a $100 processing fee until May 15. From May 15-June 20, we can issue a 50% refund for payment. After June 20, no refunds will be given for any reason.

8. We are not yet certain if there will be space available at the Berlin-Wannsee Youth Hostel for parents and/or other family members to stay there. If this is an option, it will cost $75 per adult per day (which will include 3 meals). We will know this in Spring 2018 (don’t worry – Berlin has plenty of options for accommodations, and there’s no need to worry about booking rooms before then). When students register, family members can sign up for accommodations at the youth hostel on a contingency basis.