Nur-Sultan (Astana) Mini-Global Round


About the Global Round

Six times a year we invite qualified teams from over 130 regional rounds to join us at Global Rounds that bring together our entire worldwide community.

The Mini-Global Round in Astana (July 8-13) will be centered at the Kazmedia Center. Our hope is to offer a more affordable and accessible Global Round experience to qualified delegations that may not have been able to join us at one of the larger Global Rounds earlier in the year.

Just as at the larger Global Rounds, you’ll experience scavenger hunts, keynote speeches, panel discussions, our signature Scholar’s Ball, and, of course, all the competitive and community-building events that drew you to the World Scholar’s Cup in the first place, from the Debate Showcase to the Scholar’s Bowl.

Just as at our other Global Rounds, many of the top teams will earn invitations to our annual Tournament of Champions at Yale University, and participants will learn, debate, and build new friendships among fellow scholars from all over the world.

Discounted Hotels

We encourage all participants to stay at one of our recommended hotels, some of these are within easy walking distance of the Kazmedia Center. Special negotiated rates include WiFi and breakfast. Rates mentioned below are for double rooms. Rates for single rooms are lower.

Official Hotels:
Radisson Hotel Astana | From 40,000 KZT per night | Booking Form
Hilton Garden Inn Astana | From 32,000 KZT per night | Booking Form
Park Inn by Radisson, Astana | From 28,000 KZT per night | Booking Form

Ground Transportation

Transportation is provided at no charge from the Radisson and the Park Inn to the venues of the event. The Hilton Garden Inn is an easy walk from the main venue of the event and transportation will be provided only on debate days.

Invitation Letters and Visa Information

If you qualified for the Global Round at a regional round and now need an official letter of invitation to show your school or potential sponsors, please email us at [email protected]. An invitation letter for visa purposes will be sent only to those delegations that have registered and paid the registration fee.

Global Round Alternatives

Can't make it to Astana? Learn more about our Manila and Durban Mini Global Rounds! Held in September, both Rounds offer the same events and Tournament of Champions qualification opportunities as in Astana. Scholars can also choose to join us at our Beijing, The Hague, and Sydney Global Rounds!

Teams From New Countries

Are you from a country looking to join us for the first time? Email us to request a special exceptional berth and other assistance.