Timeline

The AILO season runs from September 2018 to March 2019 (with the International Olympiad in South Korea in July 2019). You can register until 24th January 2019 and sharpen your problem-solving skills by working on sample puzzles with monthly sample sets that are emailed out at the end of September 2018- mid January 2019. Workshops all over the island take place from November to January https://ailo.adaptcentre.ie/enter/workshops-20189/. These workshops help with strategy, how to analyse data and write concise rules.

The preliminary round of the competition will be held in participating schools on Monday 28th January 2019. The paper will be emailed out to teachers for printing and must be taken under exam conditions. Schools and individual students can register here. You must have a teacher contact to undertake AILO unless you are home-schooled.

The top 100 students qualify to compete at the National Final of AILO in Dublin City University on Tuesday 26th March 2019.

The top four students in the individual round at the national finals will qualify to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) 29th July – 2nd August 2019 in Yongin, South Korea. Team training will  begin with a meetup of the team followed by online sessions once a month after the national final. A 3-day training session will take place before the beginning of the IOL.

Key dates:

First round: 29th January 2019 in your own school.
AILO Final: Tuesday 26th March 2019, Dublin City University
International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL): 29th July – 2nd August 2019 in Yongin, South Korea [travel dates 27th July – 3rd August inclusive].

Training for the Irish team will begin once the four students are selected. The team must attend training in Dublin Wednesday 24th July to Friday 26th July 2019 inclusive directly before travel to Korea.