What is Owlypia?

Owlypia is a global competition for students 11-18. It has three stages; Owlypia Online, Owlypia Local and Owlypia Global.

Who can participate?

Each participant should be aged 11- 14 to participate as an Owlet and 15-18 to participate as an Owly in Owlypia. All students who have sufficient command of the English language are invited to participate. Owlypia would like to help you unlock your potential and skills through various challenges.

Who are the Owlets and Owlys?

Owlets: Any student born on or after 1 September 2004 will be considered as an Owlet in 2018-2019 Season.

Owlypia does not have a strict rule about the Owlets; if a participant is under 11 but still wants to participate, he/she can apply as an Owlet.

Owlys: Any primary or secondary school student born before 1 September 2004 will be considered as an Owly in 2018-2019 Season.

Which subjects does Owlypia cover?

  • Art & Design
  • Economics & Business
  • Literature & Culture
  • Science & Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • (Common Ground)

How can I reach the necessary resources for the subjects?

The names of the books, films and research topics and all the links for video and article/blog resources can be found for each subject on our website. All participants are encouraged to do more research on their favourite subject area.

What is meant by ‘favourite subject’?
Aside from the compulsory ‘Common Ground’, we have five subjects from which to choose: Social Sciences, Art & Design, Science & Technology, Literature & Culture, and Economics & Business. Each student must select one of these as their ‘favourite subject’.

Do you have to choose a favourite subject?

All students must choose their favourite subjects for Owlypia Online, Local and Global at the registration. Students participating in the Individual Challenges do not have to choose any favourite subject but Common Ground subject questions are given to them in Knowledge Challenge.

What is the ‘Common Ground’, and can it be chosen as a favourite subject?

The ‘Common Ground’ resources must be studied alongside any favourite subject choice and cannot be chosen as a standalone favourite subject. It is automatically the favourite subject of the Individual Challenge participants for the Knowledge Challenge competition.

Do Owlypia theme and academic subjects relate to one another?

Our theme changes every year and the subject-based challenges revolve around this theme. Participants are strongly recommended to explore the topics, items, and content included in each subject and to carry out extensive research prior to participation in the competition.

Isn’t there too many materials to cover for students that already have so many obligations at school?

Owlypia is well aware that students are already busy with their school subjects and projects. However, Owlypia believes in the great benefits one can have and would like students to find their career paths through the Owlypia competitions. Most of the students spare two to six weeks for an Owlypia competition, and make study plans for themselves.

What do students gain from participating in Owlypia competitions?

Owlypia is designed with the explicit purpose of nurturing the academic prowess of participants. Our comprehensive materials for each subject encourage students to develop their capacity for independent research. The materials we select are of the highest calibre and provoke in students a desire to broaden their range of intellectual inquiry. Regardless of where one is ranked at the end of the competition, and which prizes are due, all participants will have developed essential skills for higher education and the workplace.

What is “Owlypia Online”?

Owlypia Online is a global online competition in five different subjects.

How do I sign up for the Owlypia competition?

The Owlypia participation fee is £20 – students can register for the competition up to one week before the exam dates.

Does each student get an individual password?

Owlypia Online exam system works with emails only. Each student must provide a unique and valid email address and all the related information about Owlypia is sent to this link automatically. All a student needs to do is click on the personal link in the email provided to start the test on the competition day. Participants should follow the instructions on their screen on the day of examination. Moreover, all communication between Owlypia and the participants are done through emails.

Can I take Owlypia Online at home?

No, all participants must register through an official exam centre and take Owlypia Online there.

Do I have to choose a favorite subject?

Yes, you have to choose your favourite subject during the registration process.

What type of questions are asked?

All questions are multiple choice based on your favourite subject and Common Ground section.

Where can I get the sample questions?

You may click here to get the sample questions.

What happens if my internet is disconnected in the middle of the test?

If you face a disconnection in the middle of the test, you do not have to start from the beginning as the session resumes from you have left. You still have 90 minutes from the second you have started even if you have disconnected from the internet. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a stable internet connection.

What is the length of Owlypia Online?

Participants have 90 minutes for 100 questions.

Is the awarding per age or for an age group?

Prizes are given based on each subject and age category. There are 5 subjects and two age categories in all Owlypia competitions.

What are the prizes?

TOP 200 students are awarded based on their rankings in their subject category.

First student in each subject category: FREE registration to Owlypia Globals of their choice

2nd-20th students get discounts. For more information, please see the “Prizes” section on “Owlypia Online” page.

Students that qualify through an Owlypia Online can choose to participate at an Owlypia Global of their choice.

How can I get my certificates?

All certificates of participation and achievement are emailed to the supervisors in 30 days after the competition.

What are the guidelines?

To see the complete list of guidelines, please click here.

What is an “Owlypia Local”?

An Owlypia Local is a two-day intellectually stimulating competition based on team challenges for students aged 11-14 (Owlets) and 14-18 (Owlys). Each Owlypia Local is held in a different country.

When and where do Owlypia Locals take place?

Please go to our calendar to see the dates and venues.

What are the competitions in Owlypia Locals?

There are five Team Challenges:

  1. Knowledge Challenge
  2. Pen Down Challenge
  3. Speech-Craft Challenge
  4. Impromptu Challenge
  5. Team Spirit Challenge

Do you have to enter all 5 challenges above?

Yes, all participants must take all 5 challenges.

How many students form a team?

Three. Two-person teams are accepted in exceptional circumstances but may find they are at a disadvantage for some team challenges. A single student can also apply for team challenges but they are responsible for forming their own team.

If one of your teammates is an Owly, does the whole team compete in Owlys?

Yes! Even if there are two Owlets and an Owly in a team, the team competes in Owlys category.

Can the students in the same team choose different favourite subjects?

Yes! The three team members can choose the same or different favourite subjects; it’s all up to them.

Can we form a team from different schools?

Yes, you certainly can! Teams can be formed with students from different schools and/or countries. It can also help you start new friendships!

What should I do if I would like to participate in an Owlypia Local but I don’t have a team?

If you need one more member or two more members to complete your team but don’t know what to do, then please post it on our FB page and/or let us know; we will do our best to help you find a team.

Do I need a supervisor?

As the contest is student-driven, teams can attend by themselves; however, we highly recommend that teams be accompanied during Owlypia Locals.

What is the role of supervisors?

Supervisors accompany teams throughout the competition. They are expected to ensure all students are aware of and understand the event rules and instructions. All supervisors that have a good command of English are expected to judge at local competitions if not requested otherwise. Supervisors are also responsible for liaising with the Owlypia organisers to ensure the competition runs smoothly.

What are the awards?

An international certificate of participation and achievement* along with medals, trophies and lots of lovely owlets and owlys! Teams that qualify at Owlypia Locals can choose to participate at an Owlypia Global of their choice. Top 3 team members in Owlets and Owlys get a £100 discount for Owlypia Globals.

What are the costs of participation?

You may visit the Owlypia Locals registration page to see the fees for each local event.

Do supervisors have to pay?

Supervisors do not have to pay any fees for Owlypia Locals. All supervisors are required to judge the challenges if requested by the Owlypia team.

Who judges the challenges?

Academics, educators and accompanying supervisors.

How can I get my certificates?

All certificates of participation are given during the Owlypia competition. The certificates of achievement are emailed to the supervisors in 30 days after the competition.

*It usually takes two-three weeks to get the achievement certificates. The certificates will be sent to the supervisors. 

What is an “Owlypia Global”?

An Owlypia Global is a four-day intellectually stimulating competition based on individual and team challenges for students aged 11-14 (Owlets) and 14-18 (Owlys). Owlypia Globals are held at prestigious institutions all around the world.

When do Owlypia Globals take place?

Please go to our calendar to see the venues.

Is there any prerequisite to participate in Owlypia Globals?

All students must take Owlypia Online (or an Owlypia Local) to qualify for an Owlypia Global. If you can join an Owlypia Local Round, you do not have to take Owlypia Online for 2018-2019 season.

What are the competition categories in Owlypia Globals?

Team Challenges

  • Knowledge Challenge
  • Pen Down Challenge
  • Speech-Craft Challenge
  • Impromptu Challenge
  • Team Spirit Challenge

Can the students in the same team choose different favourite subjects?

Yes! The three team members can choose the same or different favourite subjects; it’s all up to them.

What should I do if I would like to participate in Team Challenges but I don’t have a team?

If you need one more member or two more members to complete your team but don’t know what to do, then please post it on our FB page and please let us know, we will do our best to help you find a team.

Individual Challenges

  • Creative Writing Challenge
  • Short Film Challenge
  • Photography Challenge
  • Painting Challenge

Can I participate in both team challenges and individual challenges?

No. You can either participate in Team Challenges OR one of the four Individual Challenges. You cannot participate in more than one Individual Challenge, either.

If one of your teammates is an Owly, does the whole team compete in Owlys?

Yes! Even if there are two Owlets and an Owly in a team, the team competes in Owlys category.

Do I need a supervisor?

As the contest is student-driven, participants can attend by themselves, however, we highly recommend that they be accompanied during the Owlypia Globals.

Is accommodation provided?

No. Participants are expected to organise their own accommodation during the contest.

In some events, where we work with local accommodation and event management partners, we offer extra service packages and/or additional educational trips for participants of Owlypia Globals. Please refer to the specific Owlypia Global page to learn more about such offers and packages.

How can I get my certificates?

All certificates of participation are given during the Owlypia competition. The certificates of achievement are emailed to the supervisors in 30 days after the competition.

Who judges the challenges?

Academics, educators and accompanying supervisors.

What is included in the fee?

The participation fee includes:

  • All materials used during the contest
  • Lunch for the competition days
  • Certificates of participation and achievement for students
  • Entrance to the keynote speeches (if available)
  • Trophies for the top students
  • Invitation letter for visa application (if requested)

What is NOT included in the fee?

The participation fee does not include:

  • Visa (Invitation letters are provided upon registration)
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (except for the first two days)
  • Insurance