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 Global Round; the list of these teams is available on our results page. Additional teams will qualify at the 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: traditionally New Haven’s historic Shubert Theatre.

The Alpacas

At the end of the weekend, you’ll bring home not just medals and memories, but special ToC Jerries. And, during a scavenger hunt that will take you to every corner of Yale’s campus, you’ll encounter real live alpacas, too. When you meet them, be sure to say pwaa. Beware any unexpected alpaca spit.


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

- Omni New Haven | from $217 | Reservation Form | Rooming List | Payment Form

- New Haven Hotel | from $186 | Book via Email

Delegations who wish to arrange their own transportation are also welcome to stay at other hotels in the greater New Haven area. Some options include:

- La Quinta Inn & Suites New Haven | Book Online

- New Haven Village Suites | Book Online

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.