This unique competition is organised by GLOBAL HIPPO ASSOCIATION.
GLOBAL HIPPO ASSOCIATION is a non-profit organisation founded in 2012 with the purpose of
promoting the importance of English language knowledge and bringing together children from different
Hippo “English Without Borders“ Competition is an international competition which promotes English
language, challenges students around the globe to compete in English language knowledge, and
improves the co-operation between teachers. The competition encourages the development of a shared
sense of identity and integration, serves as a role model for young people living together as one
community. The main goal is to create and nourish friendly relations, international understanding and a
spirit of sporting competitiveness between young people interested in English language from all around
The organisation has three representative offices:
Global Hippo Association Serbia - Nemanjina 8, 23000 Zrenjanin
Global Hippo Association Italy – Strada Santa Maria in Valle 17, 05100 Terni
Global Hippo Association Croatia - Sidonije Rubido 7, 48260 Križevci
The 1 st English language competition organised by GLOBAL HIPPO ASSOCIATION was held in 2013, with
about 5,000 participants from 6 countries and 43 finalists.
15,500 from 20 countries participated in Hippo 2017, with 87 students competing in the final round.
The competition is run by GLOBAL HIPPO staff, experienced in organising and running language
6 th International English language competition will be held in 2018 and is finally open to students and
schools worldwide. As always, we are bringing you something new and we are inviting you to become
part of our GLOBAL HIPPO family!
Aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), our English language
range covers English for specific purposes, general English and teaching English.
Internationally recognized and Ofqual regulated English language qualifications are used throughout the
competition. The qualifications are intended for candidates who are not native speakers of English and
who wish to achieve a high quality, internationally recognised qualification in English that is available
and recognised worldwide.
Hippo participants compete in 5 categories based on the Common European Framework of Reference:
HIPPO 1 – Below Scale
HIPPO 2 – CEFR A1
HIPPO 3 – CEFR A2
HIPPO 4 – CEFR B1
HIPPO 5 – CEFR B2
Please refer to competition regulations for detailed information.
The main sponsor of the competition is GLOBAL INPUT, a company based in Rome, Italy with a
representative office in Niš, Serbia and has been operating since 2001 as a company recognised in the
fields of teacher training, educational services, English language competitions, etc.
For further information, please visit www.globalinput.org.