In addition to organizing the International History Bee and Bowl, International Academic Competitions organizes the International Geography Bee and the International Geography Championships! See below for a summary of our geography event calendar. Practice questions (both Qualifying Exams and buzzer-based questions) can be found here. For further information on our geography competitions, please contact david@iacompetitions.com

1. International Geography Bee – Championships Qualifying Exam
The International Geography Bee Championships Qualifying Exam (CQE) is offered at all International History Bee and Bowl regional tournaments. Students take the Qualifying Exam during the lunch break. The cost is 10 Euros, Pounds, dollars, or Swiss Francs, and may be paid in cash on the day of the tournament. The Qualifying Exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions on all aspects of World Geography; students have 20 minutes to take the Exam. Students can also take the exam online with a teacher proctoring it for the same cost if they are unable to attend an International History Bee and Bowl tournament where the Qualifying Exam is offered. Two separate Qualifying Exam versions are offered each year; the Beta Set CQE is given at International History Bee and Bowl tournaments that run on the Beta Question Set and the Alpha Set CQE is given at International History Bee and Bowl tournaments that run on the Alpha Question Set.
Teachers who offer the CQE to multiple students at their school have access to the Championships Qualifying Exams free of charge.

Students qualify for the IGB European Championships and the International Geography Championships by accomplishing one of the following things:

1. Finishing in the top half of students in their age division who take their respective version of the CQE at any given tournament site. If there is an odd number of students, or if two students tie for the last spot, we “round up” so that 4 students out of 7 would qualify, for example, unless there was a tie for 4th place, in which case 5 (or more, if more than two students tied for 4th) would qualify.
2. Students can also qualify by finishing in the top half throughout Europe among all students who take the CQE within their age division for any given exam. These median scores are calculated for Alpha and Beta Sets for all students who have taken an Exam by April 1.
3. Students who scores at the automatic qualifying level for the International Geography Championships: a score of at least 75 (if they are Varsity), 65 (if they are Junior Varsity), 55 (if they are Middle School) and 45 (if they are Elementary) – also qualifies for the IGB European Championships.
Students only need to qualify once (either on either version of the Championships Qualifying Exam or at any Regional Tournament, whether online or in-person) each year for the European Championships, and once in every two year cycle (i.e. either in the 2022-23 or 2023-24 school years) for the International Geography Championships.

2. International Geography Bee – Regional Tournaments
Regional Tournaments for the International Geography Bee are held both in-person and online. Students can compete both online and in person, as two different question sets will be used. All questions used at our Regional Tournaments are buzzer-based, and the rules follow the same rules as are used for the International History Bee. Regional Tournaments consist of 3 rounds of buzzer-based questions for all participants and a final round for the top students in each age division (High School, Middle School, and Elementary). The top 50% of students at each Regional Tournament qualify for both the European Championships and the International Geography Championships. Students only need to qualify once (either on either version of the Championships Qualifying Exam or at any Regional Tournament, whether online or in-person) each year for the European Championships, and once in every two year cycle (i.e. either in the 2022-23 or 2023-24 school years) for the International Geography Championships.

2A: In-Person Regional Tournaments

Geography Bee of Cyprus: Tentatively scheduled for March, 2023, Nicosia. Details and registration will be posted soon.

Geography Bee of France: Tentatively scheduled for April 2023, Paris. Details and registration will be posted soon.

2B: Online Regional Tournaments

Online Geography Bee of Europe: Tentatively scheduled for May 2023. Details and registration will be posted soon.

3. International Geography Bee – 2023 European Championships

Saturday, June 12, 2023, Benjamin Franklin International School, Barcelona, Spain
At the European Championships, qualified students from across Europe, the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Africa compete in three rounds of buzzer-based Bee play, followed by a Final Round to determine the European Champions. High School, Middle School, and Elementary Divisions will be offered. The rules for game play are identical to those of the History Bee. Details can be found on the European Championships weekend, including a schedule for the International Geography Bee, can be found by clicking on the above posted link.

4. International Geography Championships

Summer 2024 – Ecuador
The International Geography Championships is a multi-faceted, week-long competition for the best geography students from around the world. Held every two years (the next IGC will take place in Ecuador in July 2024), the International Geography Championships features numerous separate buzzer-based quiz competitions, other geography competitions, field trips, cultural activities, and a chance to meet other students who excel at and enjoy studying geography. Further details can be found on the website at www.geochampionships.com