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. This year’s Tournament of Champions will take place November 13-16.

Who Can Attend?

Selected teams prequalified for the Tournament of Champions at the Kuala Lumpur Global Round. Other teams, including those unable to participate at the Global Round, can complete this application form to be considered for special berths. Interested solo students, take note: whether you're a wily alpaca-toting veteran or brand new to the program, a number of teams headed to the Tournament of Champions are short a scholar and are looking for enthused, talented candidates to fill out their rosters. Email for details on how to join such a team.

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 speaker. 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. To book accommodation, please follow the link below. Please note that the Omni is sold out on Friday night but has some availability from Saturday through Monday night. Very limited rooms may remain at the New Haven and Courtyard.

  • Omni New Haven | from 159 USD per night, including wifi (taxes and breakfast not included)| To book, please follow instructions on the Reservation Form in the linked folder
  • Courtyard New Haven at Yale | from 166 USD per night, including breakfast, wifi and taxes
  • New Haven Hotel | from 172 USD per night, including breakfast, wifi and taxes | To book, please use this link or email Jessica Rios

    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.