The International History Olympiad is a competition organized by International Academic Competitions which is designed to bring the top history students from around the world together for an unforgettable two weeks full of various competitions with a history-based theme, and a chance to meet students with similar interests and talents from around the world. The next International History Olympiad will be held in Poland in August 2023. While the dates have yet to be confirmed, we expect that the Olympiad will begin on or around August 5 and conclude on or around August 19. Currently, the plan is that students will be in Warsaw for three days at the start, followed by seven days in Lublin, and three days in Krakow. The Krakow portion will be optional, and will focus solely on sightseeing. Most competitions will be held in Lublin, but some preliminary rounds and certain competitions will be held in Warsaw.
Please note, that as the 2023 International History Olympiad will now take place over two weeks instead of one, the costs have approximately doubled from the 2022 Olympiad. However, we are working to secure scholarships to help students cover their registration fees and travel costs, and hope to be able to fund the participation of many students for the 2023 International History Olympiad. Further information on these efforts will be posted on this website as it becomes available.

Please note that travel costs incurred by participants to and from the Olympiad are not refundable if the Olympiad needs to be moved or cancelled due to reasons relating to Covid-19.

In contrast with other Olympiads for other disciplines, the International History Olympiad differs in a number of respects including the following:

1. Participants are divided into Elementary, Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity Divisions depending on their birthdate and/or grade in school.
2. Numerous events are held, but only one gold, one silver, and one bronze medal will be distributed per event, per division (though on team events, all team members in medal position receive medals).
3. Citizens and residents of the USA represent their state, not their country.
4. Qualification is conducted through participation in National (in the USA) or International History Bee and Bowl events, qualifying exams, excellence in Model United Nations conferences, by having medaled at a prior Olympiad, or other country-specific criteria.
5. The events of the Olympiad are tailored to meet the requirements of a normally non-quantitative discipline such as history.

For more information, please explore our website, or contact with any questions you may have. Thanks for your interest in the International History Olympiad!