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 2016 Tournament of Champions is scheduled for November 18-21, in the heart of the lovely New England autumn. Check-in will take place on evening of November 17.

Who Can Attend?

Select high-achieving teams in each division pre-qualified for the Tournament of Champions at the Bangkok and Prague Global Rounds; the list of these teams is available on our results page.

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 life and on how to leverage your World Scholar’s Cup experience as part of your admissions portfolio. You’ll eat Yale dining hall 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, a special Thanksgiving dinner, and an incredible venue for the Scholar’s Bowl, Debate Showcase, and Scholar’s Show: New Haven’s historic College Street Music Hall.

Pwaa in Real Life

During a scavenger hunt that will take you to every corner of Yale’s campus and the surrounding community, you’ll encounter real alpacas, too, including our very own Painted Warrior—the official alpaca of the Tournament of Champions. Be careful: he spits.

Visit Boston on an Optional Tour

On each division's off day, scholars will have the opportunity to travel together to historic Boston and across the beautiful Charles River to Cambridge—featuring visits to Faneuil Hall, MIT, and Yale archrival Harvard University.

- Optional Tour Reservation Form

- Boston tour schedule


The main 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.

- Courtyard New Haven at Yale SOLD OUT

- New Haven Hotel SOLD OUT

- Omni New Haven SOLD OUT

Bellow is a list of alternate hotels in the greater New Haven area. Round trip transportation by bus to the event venues will be available for $50 per person from Nov 18 to Nov 21.

- Hilton Garden Inn Milford | from $119 USD + tax | Book Online [Group Code: WSC]

- Hyatt Place Milford | from $119 | Reserve via Email

- La Quinta Inn & Suites New Haven | Book Online

- New Haven Village Suites | Book Online

Click here for the transportation reservation form and click here to download the bus schedule

Delegations wishing 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.