How can I compete?

Each participating country sends 1-2 teams of four contestants each. The methods of choosing these contestants and composing the teams differ from country to country; in most cases a country's contestants are chosen from the winners of their national Linguistics Olympiad. Check below to find out how contestants are chosen in your country.

What do I need to do to prepare?

No prior knowledge is necessary to compete at the IOL: every problem is self-contained.

The best preparation possible is to attempt as many past problems as you can. Start with the samples if you're new to IOL problems and when you're ready take a stab at our past problems. If you've done all those and can't get enough, the national olympiads below also keep archives of past problems.

What if my country doesn't participate?

If you are an organization interesting in setting up a national contest and sending a team: contact us via this form.

If you are a student interested in competing: We might know teachers in your country who are willing to help you assemble a team. Ask a teacher or parent to contact us.

Note that the IOL is a contest for secondary-school students; current university students are ineligible to compete.

How is my country's team chosen?

Australia
Team Australia is chosen through OzCLO, the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad.
Bangladesh
Team Bangladesh is chosen through the National Linguistics Olympiad in Bangladesh.
Belarus
Team Belarus is chosen through the Минская олимпиада по лингвистике.
Brazil
Team Brazil is chosen through the Olimpíada Brasileira de Linguística.
Bulgaria
Team Bulgaria is chosen through the Bulgarian National Olympiad in Linguistics.
Canada
The anglophone team from Canada is chosen through NACLO, the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad. The francophone team from Canada is chosen through the Olympiade Linguistique Canadienne.
China
Team China is chosen through the 全国语言学奧林匹克竞赛.
Czech Republic
The team of the Czech Republic is chosen through the Česká lingvistická olympiáda.
Estonia
Team Estonia is chosen through the Lingvistikaolümpiaad.
Finland
Team Finland is chosen through Suomen kielitieteen olympialaiset.
Hungary
Team Hungary is chosen through the Magyar Nyelvészeti Diákolimpia.
India
Team India is chosen through the Panini Linguistics Olympiad.
Ireland
The Irish team is chosen through AILO, the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad.
Isle of Man
Information about the Isle of Man team can be found here.
Japan
Team Japan is chosen through the Japan Committee for the International Linguistics Olympiad.
Latvia
Team Latvia is chosen through Latvijas Lingvistikas Olimpiāde.
Netherlands
Team Netherlands is chosen through Taalkunde Olympiade.
Poland
Team Poland is chosen through the Olimpiada Lingwistyki Matematycznej.
Russia
Team Russia is chosen through Московская традиционная олимпиада по лингвистике.
Slovenia
Team Slovenia is selected based on the results of nationwide competitions in logic, which also include problems in linguistics, organised by Association for Technical Culture of Slovenia (Zveza za tehnično kulturo Slovenije).
Spain
Team Spain is chosen through the Competición Lingüística de España (OLE).
Republic of Korea
Team Korea is chosen through the Korea Linguistics Olympiad.
Sweden
The Swedish team is selected based on the results of the Lingolympiad.
UK
Team UK is chosen through UKLO, the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
Ukraine
Team Ukraine is chosen through Київська відкрита олімпіада з лінгвістики.
USA
Team USA is chosen through NACLO, the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad.
Taiwan
Team Taiwan is chosen through the 語言學奧林匹亞競賽臺灣隊.