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 2018 Tournament of Champions is scheduled for November 16-20, in the heart of the lovely New England autumn. Both divisions should plan to be in attendance for all five days of the event.

Who Can Attend?

Select high-achieving teams in each division can pre-qualify for the Tournament of Champions at our Global Rounds in June, July, and August.

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.

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, a special Thanksgiving meal, and a brilliant new venue for the Scholar’s Bowl, Debate Showcase, and Scholar’s Show: New Haven’s historic College Street Music 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. Be careful: he spits almost as much as he pwaas.

Visit Boston on an Optional Tour

On each division's off day, scholars will have the opportunity to travel together to historic Boston and across the beautiful Charles River to Cambridge—featuring visits to Faneuil Hall, MIT, and Yale arch-rival Harvard University. Reservation details will become available in the coming months.


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, as are the Study at Yale and the Hotel Duncan. Lower-cost alternatives are also available in the nearby communities of Milford and Shelton.

Please note that special room blocks, not visible publicly on hotel websites or to travel agents, have already been allocated for the exclusive use of delegations. They will be made available for reservation at special discounted rates within the coming months.

Local Transportation

An optional bus service is available for the duration of the event. The bus will service select hotels that are away from the Yale Campus. Reservation details will become available in the coming months.

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.