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.

When Will It Take Place?

The 2022 Tournament of Champions is scheduled for November 11-16.

Who Can Attend?

All three scholars on each Tournament of Champions team must have qualified at a 2021/2022 Global Round, and each team must have at least two scholars who qualified as teammates. The third scholar on a team may be a substitute who also qualified at a Global Round but whose teammates are not participating.

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.

Due to venue restrictions, access to theaters and other venues will only be guaranteed, and likely restricted, to scholars and a limited number of registered adults per delegation. Only judges and participants will be allowed inside debate buildings.

More Highlights

You can also look forward to the Yale Ball, where you can dance (or not dance) with your fellow scholars from over fifty countries, a special Thanksgiving meal, and beautiful historic venues for the Scholar’s Bowl, Debate Showcase, and Scholar’s Show - the Shubert Theatre and Yale's own Woolsey 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. He's almost 15, so it's a good thing you're meeting him soon.

Covid 19 Policy

Yale University requires all visitors on campus to be fully vaccinated with a WHO or FDA approved vaccine. For participants who are unable to meet the vaccine requirements, we will provide alternative off-campus venues for all key events.

Recommended Hotels

We encourage all participants to stay at one of our official hotels. The hotels mentioned below are within easy walking distance of the Yale Campus.

Omni New Haven Hotel: USD 205 + breakfast + taxes for double rooms. Triple and quad sharing rooms are charged extra. Download reservation form, rooming list template and breakfast registration form. Please email completed documents to Laura Sokoloski ([email protected])

Courtyard by Marriott at Yale : USD 219 + taxes for rooms with two queen beds. Rates include breakfast. Please click here to reserve rooms.

New Haven Hotel : USD 189 + taxes for rooms with two queen beds. Rates include breakfast. Please email Jamie Lee Chin ([email protected]) to reserve rooms.

Cambria New Haven : USD 240 + taxes for rooms with a king bed. Rooms with two queen beds are unavailable. Rates include breakfast. Please click here to reserve rooms.

The hotels listed below require transportation to the Yale campus. Seats can be reserved on a shuttle bus upon payment. Details are available under the ground transportation section.

Hilton Garden Inn, Milford : USD 164 + taxes for rooms with two queen beds. Rates include breakfast. Please click here to reserve rooms. In case a large number of rooms are required, please email Natalie Calabrese ([email protected])

Hyatt Place, Milford : USD 169 + taxes (for Nov 10 - Nov 13) and $129 + taxes per night for Nov 13 - Nov 17. Rates include breakfast. Please click here to reserve rooms. In case a large number of rooms are required, please email Krishna Bhatt ([email protected]) or call (203) 877-9800 and reference the World Scholar’s Cup or Group Code G-WS11

Hampton Inn, Shelton : USD 119 + taxes. Rates include breakfast. The standard check-in time is 4 pm and early check-in cannot be guaranteed. Please click here to reserve rooms. Kindly email Fairlight Chemelli ([email protected]) for assistance.

Ground Transportation

An optional shuttle will be available from official hotels in Milford and Shelton. Seats must be reserved latest by October 31, 2022. The charges are $125 per person for the duration of the event (6 roundtrips to the Yale Campus). Please click here to reserve seats.

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.

Optional Tours

Boston tours will be offered for the Senior Division on Nov 11, for the Junior Division on Nov 13 and for both divisions on Nov 15. The cost is USD 185 per person and includes round trip transportation to Boston with guided tours of Harvard University, MIT and the historical areas of Boston. Meals are not included. Please click here to reserve seats.


You might need gloves, especially at night: it’s New England in November. Then again, global climate change...

We’re incredibly grateful to our hosts at the Yale International Relations Association (and to our friend Denise at the Stone Bridge Alpaca Farm) for making possible this special culminating event of the World Scholar’s Cup season.