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The first linguistics olympiad for school children was held in Moscow in 1965 – and the first school olympiad of any kind was actually held in Hungary even before the sports olympiad started. Since then, the idea has spread to many other countries, with the first International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) in 2003, but the UK didn’t hold its first olympiad (called UKLO, the UK Linguistics Olympiad) till 2010. The first UK schools took part as guests of the newly founded All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO). The committee charged with setting up UKLO is a subcommittee of the Committee for Linguistics in Education (CLIE).

UKLO Archives

The UKLO Archives Website features historical information published before 2022. Information regarding years 2022 and onwards are archived here

Want to go back to an earlier time in UKLO history? Click the button below to travel back in time to when UKLO was first starting up. Who knows what you’ll find there, but don’t forget to wear your safety goggles, time travel can really make your eyes swell.

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These archives feature events, arrangements and IOL results 2022 onwards