krugove_fon-1Each 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 a national organization interesting in sending a team next year: contact us Mailto Link. You can also write us here if you have any questions or comments regarding the IOL.

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 Mailto Link and we’ll tell them all the details of contacting your national organization, or starting a new one.

How is my country’s team chosen?

Australia

Australia
Team Australia is chosen through OzCLO, the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad.

Brazil

Brazil
Team Brazil is chosen through the Olimpíada Brasileira de Linguística.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria
Team Bulgaria is chosen through the Национална олимпиада по математическа лингвистика.

Canada

Canada
Team Canada is chosen through the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad.

China

China
Team China is chosen through the 全国语言学奧林匹克竞赛.

Czech Republic

Czech Republic
The team of the Czech Republic is chosen through the Česká lingvistická olympiáda.

Hungary

Hungary
Team Hungary is chosen through the Magyar Nyelvészeti Diákolimpia.

India

India
Team India is chosen through the Panini Linguistic Olympiad.

Ireland

Ireland
The Irish team is chosen through the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad.

Ireland

Isle of Man
Information about the Isle of Man team can be found here.

Latvia

Latvia
Team Latvia is chosen through Latvijas Lingvistikas Olimpiāde.

Netherlands

Netherlands
Team Netherlands is chosen through the Taalkunde Olympiade.

Poland

Poland
Team Poland is chosen through the Olimpiada Lingwistyki Matematycznej.

Romania

Romania
Team Romania is chosen through Olimpiada Naţională de Lingvistică.

Russia

Russia
Team Russia is chosen through the Традиционная олимпиада по лингвистике.

Slovenia

Slovenia
Team Slovenia is selected based on the results of results of the Državno tekmovanje iz znanja logike.

Spain

Spain
Team Spain is chosen through the Olimpiada Lingüística de España (OLE).

Sweden

Sweden
The Swedish team is selected based on Lingolympiaden.

UK

UK
Team UK is chosen through the UK Linguistics Olympiad.

Ukraine

Ukraine
Team Ukraine is chosen through the Київська відкрита олімпіада з лінгвістики.

USA

USA
Team USA is chosen through the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad.