Tournament Of Champions

Bring together the best of the World Scholar’s Cup with one of the leading universities in the world, and you’ll discover our annual Tournament of Champions, hosted by the Yale International Relations Association at Yale University.

The next Tournament of Champions is tentatively scheduled for November 18-21, 2016.

Who Can Attend?

Select high-achieving teams in each division will qualify for the Tournament of Champions at the Bangkok Global Round; additional teams will qualify at the Mini-Global Round in Prague.

What to Expect?

The Tournament of Champions is more than just another Global Round. You’ll have the chance to interact with and learn directly from Yale students and faculty. You’ll attend a special panel on college admissions and on how to leverage your World Scholar’s Cup experience as part of your admissions portfolio. You’ll eat Yale cafeteria food. You’ll meet our keynote speakers, including a Yale University professor. And you’ll come away knowing what it’s like to be a student at one of the world’s greatest universities.

More Highlights

You can also look forward to the Yale Ball, where you can dance (or not dance) with your fellow scholars from over thirty countries, an Awards Gala Dinner, and an incredible venue for the Scholar’s Bowl, Debate Showcase, and Scholar’s Show: New Haven’s historic Shubert Theatre.

The Alpacas

At the end of the weekend, you’ll bring home not just medals and memories, but limited edition rainbow alpacas. (Still called Jerry.) And, during a scavenger hunt that will take you to every corner of Yale’s campus, you’ll encounter real live alpacas, too (conventionally colored). When you meet them, be sure to say pwaa. Please don't spit.


The official hotels of the Tournament of Champions are the Omni New Haven, the Marriott Courtyard at New Haven, and the New Haven Hotel. All three hotels are in easy walking distance of all tournament venues. Delegations who wish to arrange their own transportation are also welcome to stay at other hotels in the greater New Haven area.

Airports and Airport Transfers

We recommend flying into any New York area airport or directly into New Haven. For delegations looking for airport-to-Yale transfers, we recommend Go Airport Shuttle. Yale University also outlines other transportation options here.


You’ll need gloves: it’s in New Haven, Connecticut, in November.
We’re incredibly grateful to our hosts at the Yale International Relations Association (and to the Stone Bridge Alpaca Farm) for making possible this special culminating event of the World Scholar’s Cup season.