Students can qualify for the 2022 International History Olympiad in the following ways:
1. Qualifying through International History Bee and Bowl tournaments – Outside the USA
With the exception of students affected by the age or grade restrictions as explained in the following paragraph, students who finish in the top half in the Bee or the Bowl at any regional or championship tournament outside the USA in any of the 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 academic years will be eligible to participate in the 2022 International History Olympiad. Students on History Bowl teams with at least a .500 winning percentage in the preliminary rounds or a playoff win are eligible as well. You can find the closest tournament by visiting www.ihbbasia.com, www.ihbbeurope.com, www.ihbbcanada.com, www.ihbbafrica.com or www.ihbbanz.com (for Australia and New Zealand) and following the links to events in your area.
Please note that any student who qualified and was born in 2012 or earlier can compete; as can any student currently in 4th grade or higher (or US grade equivalent) for the 2021-2022 academic years. All students competing in the Elementary Division are welcome to come but must come with a parent or guardian and stay off-campus. Students who will have graduated high school prior to January 2022 are ineligible to compete in the Varsity Division, but may compete in the Collegiate Division (see below for details) provided they meet eligibility requirements.
2. Qualifying through the National History Bee and Bowl – Inside the USA
With the exception of students affected by the age or grade restrictions, students and teams in the USA who finish in the top half in the Bee or the Bowl at the Varsity, Junior Varsity, Middle School, or Elementary National Championships in any of the 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 academic years will be eligible to participate in the Olympiad. Students on History Bowl teams with at least a .500 winning percentage in the preliminary rounds at Nationals are eligible as well.
Please note that any student who qualified and was born in 2012 or earlier can compete; as can any student in 4th grade or higher for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students born in 2011 or 2012 (or any student in the 4th or 5th grade in the 2021-2022 academic year) are welcome to come but must come with a parent or guardian. Students who will have graduated high school prior to August 2021 are ineligible to compete in the Varsity Division, but may compete in the Collegiate Division (see below for details) provided they meet eligibility requirements.
Students who are on a History Bowl team that wins a state or regional National History Bowl tournament, or are in the top quarter of students in the Varsity or Junior Varsity division at any state or regional National History Bee tournament, or the top quarter of students in the Middle School or Elementary division at any regional finals tournament for the National History Bee in either the preliminaries or final standings are also eligible (provided they are not rendered ineligible by the aforementioned age and grade restrictions) as are all students finishing in final positions 1-3 in the Bee regardless of how many students competed (as long as they score at least 1 point). You can find the closest tournament and tournament results by visiting www.historybowl.com or www.historybee.com. Official online tournaments qualify students based on the above criteria as well. If you are a student in the USA and are uncertain as to whether you qualify, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Qualifying through the US History Bee – Inside the USA
Students who make the playoffs of the US History Bee at the US National Championships qualify for IHO.
4. Qualifying through the Qualifying Exam regardless of location for students living outside the USA
With the exception of students affected by the age or grade restrictions as explained above, all students currently living outside the USA who are interested in attending the Olympiad also have the option of taking a multiple choice Qualifying Exam, which must be administered by a teacher at their school or community proctor.
Students who obtain a high enough outright score (i.e. at least 60 for the Varsity, 50 for the JV, and 40 for the Middle School and 30 for the Elementary Divisions) on the qualifying exam typically qualify for the Olympiad, though IAC reserves the right to require an additional qualifying exam and/or interview via Skype depending on the score. There are two versions of the exam, so there are several chances to qualify this way; students may take both. The exam may be taken until June 15, 2022 (pending space remaining available), but we recommend taking the exam as soon as possible.
To register for the qualifying exam, or if you have any questions about it please email email@example.com.
5. Students who have medaled at a prior International History Olympiad
All students who medaled in any event at the 2015, 2016, or 2018 International History Olympiads are eligible to compete at the 2022 International History Olympiad as long as they meet age and division level eligibility criteria.
6. Qualifying through participation in Historical Simulations
Students can qualify for the Olympiad by either having won a Best Delegate Award in any committee at a Model UN, Model Congress, Model EU, or comparable event, or by having won any award in a Historical Simulation (which are often held as part of the aforementioned events).
7. Qualifying for the Collegiate Division
There is no qualifying necessary for the Collegiate Division, except that it will be open to any student who will still be an undergraduate (i.e. not have obtained a bachelor’s degree) at any point in the year 2022 (with the exception of students who graduated high school in the calendar year 2022, who must play in the Varsity Division). Students must be enrolled or taking a gap year with the intention of returning to or starting their undergraduate studies the following year in order to compete. If a student has a reason to be out of school for 2 or more years, but expects to return to studies as soon as possible, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get an eligibility ruling. These will be handled on a case by case basis. There is no upper age limit to compete at the Olympiad as long as these criteria are met.