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British English Olympics

British English Olympics

Do you have what it takes to compete against schools from around the world?

The British English Olympics (BEO) offers a chance for ambitious international students and schools to put themselves to the test in a series of academic and problem-solving challenges. Based at prestigious locations in the UK, students also learn about British culture and history, whilst making friends with other students from all over the world.
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Improve your use of English in real-life situations


Develop the ability to express your academic knowledge


Get a head start on future international academic opportunities


Build knowledge & understanding of other cultures


Improve your critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills


Develop key skills such as leadership, public speaking, team-building, negotiation and debating

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About the programme

The British English Olympics expands students’ English and academic skills – whilst also being a lot of fun!

The aim of our English Olympics is to further students’ understanding of the English language while helping them develop skills in leadership, public speaking, team-building and time management – all necessary for future leaders. Team members must work closely together, support one another, and strive to be the best they can be.

Every year the contest focuses on a topical theme which provides a forum for students to explore important global political and social issues. Previous years have been devoted to subjects such as globalisation, sustainable development, the digital revolution and social media.

The competition consists of a series of challenges for the teams, which are assessed and graded by a select panel of judges.


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Competition Stages

First round

At each of our campuses, schools will compete in all academic events. The top 8 schools from each campus go forward to the semi-finals.


Each of the remaining groups of 8 schools will compete against another. The schools will compete in two events: the Mystery Challenge, and their chosen Presentation.

Grand Final

The top two schools from each previous group will go through to the Grand Final, where they will compete in the International Forum and a Mystery Challenge.


Runner up Third Place

Judging & prizes

Each campus will hold its own awards ceremony, with trophies awarded for the best performance of every event in each group. There will also be a ‘Fair Play’ award for the school that has contributed most to their campus and shown the best team spirit, along with awards for the talent show and individual excellence.

The climax of the annual British English Olympics is the glittering closing awards ceremony, which takes place at a world-famous London venue and is attended by VIP guests – ambassadors, cultural attachés and business leaders from participating countries.

Cultural Programme

Alongside the academic events of the competition, students will also go on exciting cultural and historical visits during their two-week stay in the UK. Three full-day visits to London, a full-day in Oxford and a trip to the seaside at Brighton are all included in the programme. Before going on these organised trips, students will attend our Culture Workshops: these will prepare them for the visits and introduce them to the most important aspects of British culture and history.



London, Oxford & Cambridge, Brighton &/or Stratford-upon-Avon

London Attractions


Big Ben & the UK Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey



The British Museum, The National Gallery

Notable sites


Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street, Leicester Square, The London Eye, Tower Bridge

Ardingly College

Unnamed Road, Ardingly, Haywards Heath RH17 6SQ, UK

Benenden School

Greenwood Cottage, Cranbrook Rd, Benenden, Cranbrook TN17 4AA, UK

Bradfield College

Bradfield College, Bradfield, Reading RG7, UK

Christ's Hospital School

The Avenue, Horsham RH13, UK


Nelson's Column, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DU, UK


100 Market St, Oxford OX1 3DY, UK


31 Meeting House Ln, Brighton BN1 1HB, UK

London Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3, Wellington Rd, Middlesex, Longford, Hounslow TW6 1JH, UK

Gatwick Airport

South Terminal, Perimeter Rd E, Horley, Gatwick RH6 0NP, UK

Stansted Aiport

Terminal, Enterprise House, Bassingbourn Rd, Stansted CM24 1QW, UK


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Location & Dates

To host the British English Olympics, we partner with some of the finest schools in the country, set in stunning locations and surrounded by beautiful English countryside. All our partner schools are situated within two hours of London with easy access to international airports. All have large common rooms, and meals are provided on campus, with packed lunches when day trips are taken. Sites are highly secure, with combination codes for dormitory access, security patrols and CCTV cameras.

Oxford International staff are housed in the same buildings as the students and are available 24/7 should any issues arise.



Schools register for the competition

Schools will be able to download guidelines from our website containing full details of the competition events and how to prepare

Teams prepare for the events as part of their extra-curricular programme at school


Eligibility & Registration


The BEO is a highly academic programme and we encourage you to select 10 to 20 of the most gifted students from your school to participate.


Please complete the registration form and return it to your local representative. To enter the competition, schools must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be between 12-16 years of age.
  • Students must be accompanied by a dedicated teacher having a very high level of English.


To assess your eligibility, one of our academic team will visit or arrange a Skype call to discuss your entry to the competition and present the programme to your students.

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