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 2018 Tournament of Champions is scheduled for November 16-21. Junior Division scholars will open on November 16 at 9:30 am and conclude at 5:30 pm on November 20. Senior Division scholars will open on November 17 at 9:30 am and conclude at 5:30 pm on November 21.

Who Can Attend?

All three scholars on each Tournament of Champions team must have qualified at a 2018 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

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. Boston tours will be organized on Nov 19 and Nov 21 for the junior division and Nov 16 and Nov 20 for the senior division.Reservations are closed.


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.

  • Omni New Haven | from $169 + taxes + breakfast | Reservation Forms
  • Courtyard by Marriott, New Haven | from $175 + taxes | Online Reservation
  • New Haven Hotel | from $169 + taxes | Email sales manager Jamie Lee Chin

  • Lower-cost alternatives are also available in the nearby communities of Milford and Shelton, with an optional bus service available at a charge of $70 per person for the duration of the event. The rates indicated below do not include taxes.

  • Hilton Garden Inn, Milford | from $124| Online Reservation
  • Hyatt Place, Milford | from $119| Online Reservation
  • Hampton Inn, Shelton | from $99 | Online Reservation
  • Springhill Suites by Marriott, Milford | from $119 | Online Reservation.
          Please email Evita McPherson for assistance
  • Courtyard by Marriott, Shelton | from $129 | Online Reservation
  • Holiday Inn Express, Milford | from $129 | Please call hotel and mention group code
  • Hilton Garden Inn, Shelton | from $120 | Online Reservation
  • Hyatt House, Shelton | Online Reservation (Please enter group code G-WSCP)
  • Village Suites, New Haven | from $169

  • Select hotels can also be reserved over the phone. Their contact details can be found here.

    Local Transportation

    An optional bus service is available for the duration of the event, servicing La Quinta Inn New Haven, Village Suites New Haven, Courtyard Orange, Hyatt Place Milford, Hilton Garden Inn Milford, Holiday Inn Express Milford, Springhill Suites Milford, Courtyard Shelton, Hampton Inn Shelton, Hilton Garden Inn Shelton and Hyatt Place Shelton.

    The bus service must be reserved in advance and costs $70 per person for the duration of the event. Reservations are 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.