Frequently Asked Questions
ParticipatingWho can participate?
Schools can field unlimited teams at regional rounds. Any given team can only participate at one regional round per season. Teams that qualify at regional rounds can participate at their choice of Global Rounds.
What type of student participates?
The World Scholar's Cup isn't just for the "top" three students at each school; it's meant to reach deep into the student population, inspiring a love of learning and introducing participants to new subjects and skills.
What are costs of participation?
The World Scholar's Cup is a not-for-profit organization. All our materials are free to all participants. There is usually a small tournament fee that varies by round to help cover tournament expenses, including bringing our staff out to manage the event. We almost always provide meals as part of that fee.
Is the World Scholar’s Cup too much work for students who are already busy?
We designed the World Scholar's Cup knowing how many commitments students already need to juggle. Most teams prepare for two to eight weeks for a round, and split topics up between team members.
TeamsWhat if I don’t have a teammate?
Students may also register individually and ask to be joined with other scholars looking for teammates.
Do all members of a team need to be from the same school?
Not at all! You can form mixed teams with students from other schools or countries. It is not as common, but can be a great opportunity to get to know students outside your school.
How should we register a team with students from different schools?
There is a field on the registration form to indicate if someone is from another school, but if you are registering separately, please let us know in the text of the email who the other teammates are.
What are the divisions?
The junior division includes students up to 13 years old; though there is no bottom cut-off, most participants are at least 10. The senior division is for students 14 and older. To ensure consistent divisions throughout the 2023 season, any student who turns 14 by January 1, 2023 (i.e. born before January 1, 2009) will be considered a senior division student. "Skittles" events are also held in select countries for students 10 and younger only; these younger scholars are also welcome in the standard Junior Division.
Do teams need coaches or teachers-in-charge?
Most schools have a program advisor or sponsor who helps teams plan and prepare for tournaments. However, the program is mostly student-driven, and at many schools there is no specific “club advisor”, just a chaperone who accompanies teams to events.
What if I don't have three members on my team?
Two-member teams are welcome to compete, but can score a maximum of 30,000 instead of 40,000 points and are extremely unlikely to win team recognition in Collaborative Writing, the Scholar's Challenge, or Team Debate, as they will be missing one third of their scores in each of these events. They are on equal footing for Team Bowl, as well as all individual awards. As the World Scholar's Cup is built around teams of three, two-person teams will be required to reach the same threshold as three-person teams to receive berths to the Global Round and the Tournament of Champions. If you are in search of someone to complete your team, please let us know, and we'll happily help you find someone.
TournamentsWhen is it?
Regional rounds take place around the world throughout the year. For now, Global Rounds are held during June, July, and August each year. The Tournament of Champions at Yale University is in November. Additional rounds are announced frequently on our calendar page.
What are the Team Events?
In Team Debate, you'll face teams from other schools and countries, three-on-three, and argue motions related to the theme.
In Scholar's Bowl, your team will race the clock to answer questions using a special clicker.
In Collaborative Writing, you'll work with your team to argue positions related to the theme in written form.
In Scholar's Challenge, you'll take a test called the Scholar's Challenge: an opportunity to win individual medals and other prizes across multiple subjects.
What community-building activities take place at each round?
In the Scholar's Scavenge, you'll work with up to 14 students from 14 other countries to solve a series of clues and take an ever wackier series of photos.
In the Debate Showcase, the top 12 debaters from 12 different countries are formed into new teams that quickly learn to work together in front of the whole community.
In the Scholar's (Talent) Show, you'll perform whatever you'd like, whether you’re a professional dancer or a mathematical constant reciter.
In the Scholar's Ball, you'll have the chance to dance together to high-powered music, even if you have no idea how.
In the Scholar's Fair, you'll share your culture and traditions with other scholars from around the world.
At the Keynote Address and Panels, you’ll meet knowledgeable guest speakers from some of the world’s leading firms and universities, and then challenge them with your own questions and thoughts.
How do we access our participation certificates and/or invitation letters?
We email all certificates and invitation letters to your delegation contact person after each round. This is the name listed on your registration form, and is typically your coach. Please ask them for your certificate. If you are a delegation leader and you have not received such an email, please let us know at [email protected].
I'm applying for a visa to attend the next round and the embassy is asking for a visa letter. Is it possible to get one?
Of course! The standard invitation letter sent post-round usually suffices in most cases, but if you need a more specific one with passport information, please email [email protected]. To maintain our relationship with embassies worldwide, we must ask you to register before issuing the visa letter.