Europe 2017-03-16T05:37:18+00:00

Welcome to the European Division of The International Geography Bee!

Within Europe, the International Geography Bee effectively replaces the “Geography Bee of Europe” that has been held for the past two years at the European Championships of The International History Bee and Bowl. IGB will also allow European students to then compete at the IGB World Championships, which will be held every other year in conjunction with the International History Olympiad, beginning in Berlin, Germany in July 2018.

The European Division of the IGB consists of the European Championships Qualifying Exam and the European Championships. Within the European Division, the same three age divisions apply as they do for the International History Bee and Bowl. The top 50% of students in each age division at the IGB European Championships then receive eligibility to compete at the IGB World Championships. Qualification is valid for two years; thus students can qualify for the 2018 IGB World Championships in either 2017 or 2018. Students who graduate secondary school in 2017 are permitted to come back after one year of university studies to compete as well.

There are two versions of the International Geography Bee European Championships Qualifying Exam – Alpha and Beta. The version offered at each IHBB regional tournament site corresponds to the set of questions being played there that day. Both IGB Championships Qualifying Exam versions are meant to have equal difficulty. Students only need to qualify off one version of the Championships Qualifying Exam. If they are unable to compete at a site, then they can take the Exam at their school with a teacher proctoring it; this option costs 25 Euros, or equivalents in other currencies. Students interested in taking a version of the Championships Qualifying Exam at their school should email to register for this option.

The European Championships for all three age divisions for the International Geography Bee will be held in conjunction with the European Championships of the International History Bee and Bowl. This will consist of 3 preliminary rounds of 30 paragraph-length buzzer quiz questions, and one or two rounds of playoffs for the top students from the preliminaries. You can see sample questions here from past years’ Geography Bee of Europe. The date and location of the 2017 International Geography Bee European Championships will be Saturday, 20 May at St. Stephen’s School in Rome.

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Good luck!