For students in the USA, International Academic Competitions organizes two separate geography competitions: the exam-based US Geography Championships and the buzzer-based geography quiz tournament known as the International Geography Bee. IGB is a worldwide geography quiz competition that is contested in different regions of the world (the US being one of them), and then the top students win the right to play in the International Geography Bee World Championships which are held in conjunction with the International History Olympiad on a biennial basis. The inaugural IGB World Championships was held in Berlin, Germany in 2018 and the next IGB World Championship will be held on a Caribbean cruise from July 12-19, 2020.

The US Division of the IGB consists of the National Qualifying Exam and the National Championships. The same age divisions and the same definitions for these apply to the US Division of the IGB as they do for the US Geography Championships. Varsity and Junior Varsity Nationals for IGB will be held after the National Championships of the US Geography Championships on Friday, April 24, 2020 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. Middle School and Elementary School National Championships for the IGB will be held in conjunction with the National Championships of the US Geography Championships, the US Academic Bee and Bowl, and the Middle School and Elementary National Championships of the National History Bee and Bowl.

US students qualify for the National Championships of IGB in the exact same way they qualify for the National Championships of USGC – if you qualify for the one, by definition, you qualify for the other. US students qualify for the World Championships of IGB by finishing in the top half of their age division at Nationals or by scoring at least a 75 on any National Qualifying Exam version. Qualification is then valid for two years (you can qualify for the 2020 IGB World Championships at either the 2019 or 2020 IGB US National Championships or through a National Qualifying Exam in either the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 academic year). The cost to compete at the IGB National Championships in 2020 is $85 for the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions, and $80 for the Middle School and Elementary School Divisions.

The International Geography Bee is organized under the auspices of the staff of International Academic Competitions. More information on the International Geography Bee is available on the IGB website at www.internationalgeographybee.com. For further questions about IGB, please email us at info@iacompetitions.com.

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