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 21-24.

Who Can Attend?

Selected teams prequalified for the Tournament of Champions at the Singapore 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, selected author B.J. Best. 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 our inaugural Yale Ball, where you can dance (or not dance) with your fellow scholars from over thirty countries, our first-ever Thanksgiving 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 Tournament of Champions will open at 9 am on November 21 in Yale University’s beautiful Battell Chapel. It will conclude with the Thanksgiving Awards Gala from 7 to 10 pm on November 24 at the Omni New Haven Hotel. A preview schedule has been posted to the right.

Optional Tours

On Saturday, November 22, while the juniors debate, we invite seniors to join us for an optional tour of Boston, including both historic sites and universities such as Harvard and MIT. Juniors will have the same opportunity while seniors debate on November 23. After the ToC, delegations may also join us on an optional tour of New York City; those staying through the 27th will even be able to enjoy the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Book optional tours using the add-on form to the right.


The official hotels of the Tournament of Champions are the Omni New Haven, the Marriott Courtyard at New Haven, and the New Haven Hotel; their daily rates are $149, $144, and $144 respectively. 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

By popular request, we will be offering a limited number of airport transfers, available using the optional add-on form. For delegations arranging their own 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 the Stone Bridge Alpaca Farm) for making possible this special culminating event of the World Scholar’s Cup season.