Academic competitions

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Our teaching and support staff promote intellectual growth and excellence in all aspects of learning. Students are encouraged and assisted to participate in a range of academic competitions in Norway, abroad and online.

Maths Competitions

The Maths Quest Competition is organised by the ECIS and hosted each year by an international school. As many as twenty different schools take part and each team comprises 4 students. This is a competition for under 12s , whereby students compete in many different mathematical challenges and investigations. There are 4 rounds of questions to be answered individually and under time pressure. The winner of these rounds is awarded their own medal as well as collecting points for their team. This is then followed by three rounds of team challenge questions, to be answered collaboratively. Next come three rounds of practical questions–also to be answered in collaboration. In these rounds the quicker a team answers, the more points they gain. There is a separate prize for the construction challenge where students are mixed with others from different schools and requested to build something together.

Exceptionally talented maths students from OIS have also achieved success in the national Abel Maths Competition.

Model United Nations

OIS has sent Pre-IB, IB1 and IB2 student teams to Model United Nations (also Model UN or MUN) events in both Norway and abroad (Britain, Germany and the Netherlands) for many years. MUN is an academic simulation or role-play of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current affairs, international relations, diplomacy and UN issues. Participants research an assigned country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, lobby, debate, and then develop solutions to world problems. Awards for ‘Best Speaker’ and ‘Best Delegate’ are presented by the Chairs of the various Committees, and OIS delegates have won many such awards. The OIS MUN Club practices once a week after school and is supervised by a teacher.


Each year OIS Upper Secondary Spanish students take part in the Spanish Festival in Oslo. This is an annual cultural event organised by Spanish speaking embassies and UNICEF. Students studying Spanish throughout Oslo and Akershus are invited to participate, and a variety of cultural events typically take place over a number of days at various locations in the city. This year OIS students entered and won first place in a video competition promoting the UN's sustainable development goals. As a prize, the winning team was awarded a one week fully paid study trip to the University of Santiago.


In October each year, IB1 and IB2 physics students participate in the Norwegian Physics Olympiad. The best 60 students in Norway from the first round are invited to participate in the second round, which is held in the new year. The University of Oslo then offers a one-week course to the best 20 students from the second round. That week ends with the final round of the Norwegian Olympiad from which 5 students are selected to attend the International Physics Olympiad. This year, the IPO is due to take place in July 2019 in Israel.

In 2017 / 18 school year, one student represented OIS in the top 20 participating high school students.

Knut Sørlie