International Academic Competitions is excited to announce that the 2023 Varsity & Junior Varsity US National Championships of the International Geography Bee will be held April 2023 in Arlington, Virginia. Please visit for more information.

Registration for the 2023 International Geography Bee Varsity / JV National Championships is now open through this link

All students competing at Nationals must have qualified for it through the National Qualifying Exam. You can take the IGB Varsity / JV National Qualifying Exam in one of two ways; either at a Varsity/JV National History Bee and Bowl tournament site or online.

Students who finish in the top half of students taking the NQE at their Exam Site or students who finish in the top 50% of all students across the USA on any given version of the NQE once the National Median Scores are calculated then qualify for the National Championships. The National Median Scores are calculated for all scores that have been reported as of January 1 for C Set, February 1 for B Set, and March 1 for the A Set versions of the National Qualifying Exam. The qualification process is the same for USGC and IGB – by definition, if a student has qualified for one, they have qualified for the other.


The International Geography Bee will be held on the afternoon and evening of Friday, April 28. Information on the exact times of the rounds is available here.


The format will consist of 3 rounds of 35 questions, plus 2 rounds of playoffs. The exact number of students who will make the semifinals and the finals will be a function of how many students register for the IGB National Championships. Please see the link here for questions from past years’ IGB National Championships to practice with.


The cost is $95 per student.