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 2019 Tournament of Champions is scheduled for November 8-13.

Who Can Attend?

All three scholars on each Tournament of Champions team must have qualified at a 2019 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—and his faithful sidekick Trevor. Be careful: they don't just pwaa. They pua!

Visit Boston on an Optional Tour

Boston tours will be offered for senior division scholars on Nov 8 and Nov 12, and for junior division scholars on Nov 11 and Nov 13. The tour will depart at 7.30 am and participants will be picked up from the official hotel that they have selected at the time of making a reservation. The estimated time of returning to New Haven and surrounding towns is 7.30 pm. The cost for the tour is $165 per person and includes round trip transportation to Boston and guided tours of the historical areas of Boston, Harvard University & MIT. Lunch is not included but time will be provided at Quincy Market for lunch. Non-registered adults are also welcome to join the tour.
Download the Boston tour schedule
Reservations for Boston tours are now closed


We encourage all participants to stay at one of our recommended hotels. Booking forms coming soon.

Hotels near the Yale campus
Omni New Haven | From $179 + taxes + breakfast. (Additional $20 for triple rooms and $40 for quad rooms) | Reservation Forms
New Haven Hotel | From $179 + taxes (breakfast included) | Email sales manager Jamie Lee Chin
Courtyard by Marriott at Yale | From $189 + taxes (breakfast included) | Online Booking
Graduate New Haven | Online Booking

Hotels away from the Yale campus (transportation required)
New Haven Village Suites | From $169 + taxes (breakfast included) | Email Sales Manager
La Quinta Inn, New Haven | Please book using an online travel website
Hyatt Place, Milford | From $119 + taxes (breakfast included) | Online Booking
Hilton Garden Inn, Milford | From $129 + taxes (breakfast included) | Online Booking
Springhill Suites, Milford $124 + taxes (breakfast included) | Online Booking (Please email Evita McPherson for details)
Courtyard by Marriott, Shelton | From $129 + taxes (breakfast included) | Online Booking
Hilton Garden Inn, Shelton | From $123 + taxes (breakfast included) | Online Booking
Hyatt House, Shelton | From $119 + taxes (breakfast included) | Book online with group code "G-WS19"
Hampton Inn, Shelton | From $109 + taxes (breakfast included) | Online Booking

Local Transportation

Please note that seats on the optional shuttle bus from hotels away from the Yale Campus are available for advance booking at a nominal fee of $72 per person for the week. Non-registered adults are also welcome to reserve the shuttle bus.
Reservations for shuttle buses are now closed

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 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.