Sydney 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 Global Round in Sydney (August 15-20) will take place at the International Convention Center Sydney near the beautiful Darling Harbour, just minutes from the center of one of Australia's most global cities.

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 five 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. In Sydney, they will also have the chance to meet penguins, koalas, and kangaroos.

Discounted Hotels

We encourage all participants to stay at one of our recommended hotels, all within easy walking distance of ICC, Sydney. Special negotiated rates include WiFi and breakfast. An online reservation system will be available soon.

Official Hotels:
Hyatt Regency, Sydney | From A$ 300
Novotel Sydney, Darling Square | From A$ 259
Holiday Inn, Darling Harbour | From A$ 225
VIBE, Sydney | From A$ 225
Travelodge Hotel, Sydney | From A$ 175
Travelodge Hotel, Sydney-Wynyard | From A$ 215
Metro Hotel Marlow, Sydney Central | From A$ 220
Breakfree on Clarence | From A$ 189
1831 Boutique Hotel | From A$ 145

Airport Transfers

Airport transfers will be offered by Arinex, our official ground partner. Booking forms coming soon.

Optional Excursions

We encourage teams to take the optional tours on the days they are not "in play." Optional excursions include a city tour of Sydney with a visit to one of the iconic beaches, a trip to the Blue Mountains, and a Sydney Harbour Cruise with a visit to the Taronga Zoo. Further information and booking forms will be posted shortly.

Invitation Letters and Visa Information

Visa Information
Participants, attendees, competitors (students), that will not be working, performing or otherwise be paid to contribute at the event may be eligible for the visas below:

Students and parents – visitor visa (subclass 600) (tourist stream)
Teachers - visitor visa (subclass 600) (Business stream).
For more information see: Teachers can apply for this visa provided that they are acting as chaperones and not teaching.

Electronic Travel Authority – ETA (subclass 601). For more information see:

eVisitor (subclass 651)(Business Stream) visa. For more information see:

Requirements for applicants under 18 years of age:

Visa applicants who are under 18 years of age may be required to satisfy additional criteria to ensure that their interests are protected and that Australia meets its international obligations in relation to minors. Please refer to the following forms listed on the Department’s website:

  • Form 1229 - Consent form to grant an Australian visa to a child under the age of 18 years
  • Form 1257 - Undertaking declaration.

For more details please review the general details for visa applicants.

Global Round Alternatives

Can't make it to Sydney? Learn more about our Beijing and The Hague Global Rounds, as well as our lower-cost and more accessible Astana, Manila, and Durban Mini-Global Rounds! Held in July, August and September, all rounds offer the same events and Tournament of Champions qualification opportunities as in Sydney.

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.