The 2024 International Academic Competitions European Championships

Featuring the International History Bowl, International Academic Bowl, International History Bee, International Geography Bee, International Science Bee & European Championships Exams

International Academic Competitions is delighted to announce that its 2024 European Championships will take place at City of London School in London, England from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2! This will be the 12th European Championships and the first time that the tournament will be held in the United Kingdom. We hope that you and your students and children will be able to join us! A planned schedule of events is listed below.

General Information for the 2024 International Academic Competitions European Championships Weekend

1. Registration
Registration for the 2024 International Academic Competitions European Championships is done on the page linked here.

2. Costs
The costs of the events of the weekend, as well as refund, late fee, and other payment policies are listed here.

3. Visas
If you need help in obtaining letters to apply for a visa to attend the competition, please email david@iacompetitions.com to begin this process.

4. Suggested Hotels and Hostels
Here is a list of suggested Hotels and Hostels for 2024 IHBB European Championships in London. (Note: It is not required to stay at any of these places.

5. Academic Bowl Qualification
The Academic Bowl is open to any team that has qualified through participation in an Academic Bowl regional tournament by finishing in the top 50% of their age division or winning a playoff game or having at least a .500 winning percentage in their preliminary rounds.
Teams are also eligible to compete in the Academic Bowl if at least one team member has qualified for the European Championships of the History Bowl, History Bee, Science Bee, or Geography Bee, and will be competing in that event at the European Championships.

Schedule of Events for the 2024 International Academic Competitions European Championships Weekend

Information on European Championships Exams

International Academic Competitions offers a set of European Championship Exams at the European Championships. These will be offered in the following eight subjects: Environmental Science, European Geography, Map and Flag, Historical Geography, Military History, Ancient History, Recent History, and European History. None of these require prior qualification, and all can either be registered for either in advance or at the European Championships. The cost of each is 20 Euros, Swiss Francs, or British Pounds, or 25 US dollars per exam. Each exam has 75 questions and is scored on the basis of 2 points for a correct answer, -1 for an incorrect response, and 0 points for a question left unanswered. There will be separate age divisions and awards for Varsity, Junior Varsity, Middle School, and Elementary Division students – the age cutoffs are the same as for the Bee competitions.

Friday – May 31

International Academic Bowl European Championships
10:00 Tower of London Visit (optional; requires prior registration)
12:30 Lunch
1:00 British History Bee (held at or next to the Tower of London) – Round 1
1:40 British History Bee – Round 2
2:30 British History Bee – Final Round
3:00 Doors Open
3:25 Opening Meeting – Please arrive no later than this time if you are competing in the International Academic Bowl!

3:45 Round 1
4:25 Round 2
5:00 Round 3
5:35 Round 4
6:10 Round 5
7:00 Round 6 – Semifinals
7:35 Round 7 – Finals
7:45 Group Dinner – Location TBD (Finalists can join when finished)

Saturday – June 1

International Science Bee European Championships 
8:45am Check-in Begins
8:55am Environmental Science European Championship Exam
9:15 Please arrive no later than this time if you are competing in the International Science Bee!
9:20 Opening Meeting
9:30 Round 1
10:00 Round 2
10:30 Round 3
11:05 Finals
11:40 Awards / Snack Break

International Geography Bee European Championships
11:30am Check-in Begins
11:45 European Geography & Map and Flag European Championship Exams
12:00 Please arrive no later than this time if you are competing in the International Geography Bee!
12:25 Opening Meeting
12:35 Round 1
1:10 Round 2
1:40 Round 3
2:15 Finals
2:45 Awards / Pizza Lunch

International History Bee European Championships
2:30 Check-in Begins
2:55 Historical Geography European Championship Exam
3:00 Please arrive no later than this time if you are competing in the International History Bee!
3:20 Opening Meeting
3:35 Round 1
4:10 Round 2
4:45 Round 3
5:20 Round 4
6:00 Military History European Championship Exam
6:30 Finalists Announced
6:40 Finals
7:20 Awards
7:30 End

Sunday – June 2

International History Bowl European Championships
8:00am Doors Open, Check-in Begins
8:15 Ancient and Recent History European Championship Exams
8:30 Please arrive no later than this time if you are competing in the International History Bowl!
8:40 Opening Meeting
9:05 Bowl Round 1
9:45 Bowl Round 2
10:25 Bowl Round 3
11:05 Bowl Round 4
11:45 Bowl Round 5
12:25 Lunch
12:45 European History European Championship Exam
1:15 Quarterfinals and Optional Extra Round for teams who do not make playoffs
1:55 Semifinals
2:35 Finals / 3rd Place Game
3:15 Awards
3:30 End

London City Airport is the closest airport to City of London School; Heathrow and Gatwick are roughly equidistant (both are approximately an hour and fifteen minutes by public transit). Stansted, Luton, and Southend airports are farther still. Please do not book flights out of Heathrow and Gatwick that leave prior to 6:00pm if you are competing in the History Bowl – if the only option is before that, please contact Mr David Madden at david@iacompetitions.com for advice. Certain age divisions may conclude their awards by 2:30, in which case a 5pm departure time would work. Please contact david@iacompetitions.com for all other questions on the European Championships as well.

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The 2023 International Academic Competitions European Championships

Full Results for the 2023 IAC European Championships Are Available Here:

International Academic Bowl     International Science Bee      International Geography Bee
International History Bee      International History Bowl   European Championship Exams

International Academic Competitions held its eleventh European Championships on Friday, June 9 – Sunday, June 11, 2023 at Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. By virtue of the number of attending schools and students, this was our largest European Championships ever, and a great time was had by students from ten participating countries. Many thanks to Rachel Hovington, Lauren Gilmore, Michelle Schuler and everyone at BFIS for hosting our European Championships on the Iberian Peninsula for the first time!

Attending Teams (* = Junior Varsity, # = Middle School, ! = Elementary)

Varsity Teams
1. Benjamin Franklin International School, Spain A
2. International School of Geneva, La Châtaigneraie, Switzerland A
3. Eton College, UK A
4. Landau School, Azerbaijan
5. École Jeannine Manuel, France A
6. Stefan Batory High School, Poland A
7. Stefan Batory High School, Poland B
8. City of London Freemen’s School, UK
9. SIS Basel, Switzerland A

Junior Varsity Teams
1. Benjamin Franklin International School, Spain B *
2. International School of Geneva, La Châtaigneraie, Switzerland B *
3. International School of Seville, Spain *
4. École Jeannine Manuel, France B *
5. École Jeannine Manuel, France C *
6. École Jeannine Manuel, France D *
7. Dunya School, Azerbaijan A *
8. SIS Basel, Switzerland B *

Middle School Teams
1. Benjamin Franklin International School, Spain C #
2. International School of Geneva, La Châtaigneraie, Switzerland C #
3. Baku Oxford School, Azerbaijan A #
4. Baku Oxford School, Azerbaijan B #
5. Farnham Heath End School, UK #
6. Eton College, UK B #
7. École Jeannine Manuel, France E #
8. École Jeannine Manuel, France F #
9. École Jeannine Manuel, France G #
10. SIS Basel, Switzerland C #
11. Dunya School, Azerbaijan B #
12. Dunya School, Azerbaijan C #
13. Dunya School, Azerbaijan D #
14. Dunya School, Azerbaijan E #

Elementary Teams
1. Benjamin Franklin International School, Spain D !
2. The Junior School, Cyprus !
3. Southbank International School, UK !

International Academic Bowl Teams
1. École Jeannine Manuel, France A
2. École Jeannine Manuel, France B *
3. École Jeannine Manuel, France C *
4. École Jeannine Manuel, France D #
5. École Jeannine Manuel, France E #
6. École Jeannine Manuel, France F #
7. City of London School, UK A *
8. City of London School, UK B !
9. SIS Basel, Switzerland