Global Rounds

Every year, we invite qualifying teams from all of our regional rounds to their choice of up to six Global Rounds, distributed around the world to make them more accessible to scholars in more places. Some are extra large, some not quite small; all have in common great diversity, unabashed awkwardness, and the enduring sense of community at the heart of our program.


At every Global Round, teams will have the chance to earn invitations to our annual Tournament of Champions at Yale University, which is returning in 2022 after a two-year hiatus. Summer 2022 Global Rounds will include Dubai in June, Prague in August, and Bangkok in September, with cozier alternatives in Nha Trang in September, and Cape Town in October.

Bangkok Global Round

September 2-7, 2022

Please note: this round is at capacity and registrations are closed.

Our largest Global Round in Asia will be hosted by Bangkok this year; we anticipate over a thousand participants from all over the world. The main venue will be the lovely Aksra Theater, located amid a dizzying array of shops, cafes, and restaurants on the third floor of the King Power Duty Free Mall next to the Airport Express.

Recommended Hotel

We encourage all participants to stay at our official hotels. The specially negotiated rates mentioned below include breakfast, internet and all taxes.

- Pullman Bangkok King Power | Standard Single Rooms - THB 2900 | Standard Double Rooms - THB 3200. This hotel is attached to the King Power Duty Free Mall (and thus an easy indoor walk to the main theater, for those who would like to stay indoors as much as possible!
- Sukosol Hotel | Deluxe Rooms - THB 1800 | Premier Rooms - THB 2200. This hotel is a five minutes walk to the main theater.

Other hotels within walking distance of the main venue include the De Prime Hotel at Rangnam and Hotel Tranz - SHA Extra Plus.

Optional Excursions

Optional excursions will be offered by our ground partner on the days that teams are not in play. Tour options include a City Tour of Bangkok with a visit to the Grand Palace, an excursion to the floating market, and Dream World. Download tours brochure. Reservations for tours are now closed.

Airport Transfers

Airport transfers will be offered by our ground partners, Destination Asia. Reservations for airport transfers are now closed.

Nha Trang Mini-Global Round

September 16-20, 2022

For five days in September, Hon Tre will be transformed into Alpaca Island! You'll scavenge at (and get lost in) VinWonders theme and water park, where you might look up at sharks inside an underwater aquarium. You'll socialize (and play volleyball) at a beachfront barbecue. You'll challenge, write, and debate at a convention center. And you'll dance the night away over the bay and under the stars.

The registration form for the Nha Trang Mini-Global Round can be found here.
Top teams in Nha Trang, like those at all of our Global Rounds, will have the chance to qualify for our relaunched 2022 Tournament of Champions at Yale University.

Recommended Hotels

We encourage all participants to stay with us on the island—it wouldn't be Alpaca Island without you—at the Vinpearl Nha Trang Resort & Spa, in a seaside room or at a beachfront villa with a private pool. Specially negotiated room rates include breakfast, internet, airport transfers (for guests staying for five nights or more) and all taxes. Guests of the resort also enjoy free transportation (by speed boat!) back to the mainland at any time during their stay.

Please download this booking form to reserve your rooms. See here to learn more about the hotel.

Cape Town Global Round

Oct 11-15, 2022

A tradition renewed! Come to Cape Town to meet penguins, tables, and scholars from around the world.

Recommended Hotels

We encourage all participants to stay at our official hotels. The specially negotiated rates mentioned below include breakfast, internet and all taxes.

- Sky Hotel | Bunk Room (Sleeps 4) - R2200 | Standard Queen Room (Sleeps 2) - R1600 | Booking Form

- Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence | Single Rooms (Sleeps 1) - R1350 | Double Rooms (Sleeps 2) - R1525 | Bookings can be made on the Radisson Hotels Official Site using the promo code: School. Enquiries can also be made directly with Jamie-Lee Goosen at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence using [email protected].

  • Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town | Single Rooms (Sleeps 1) - R1350 | Double Rooms (Sleeps 2) - R1525 | Bookings can be made directly with Olivia Scott at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town using [email protected].

Ground Transportation

Please note that seats on the optional shuttle bus from the official hotels to and from the main venues of the event are available for booking with a fee of ZAR 850 (~$50) per person for the duration of the event. On the day of the debates, transportation is provided at no charge from all official hotels to the debate schools. Shuttle bus reservations can be made in advance or at check-in. The reservations form can be downloaded using this link. The completed form can be emailed to [email protected]

Optional Excursions

Optional excursions will be offered by Cut Above Travel & Tours on the days that teams are not in play. Tour options include a Cape Town City Tour with a visit to Table Mountain, a tour of the Cape Peninsula and the Cape Winelands. Download tours brochure. Download booking form. Reservation requests can be emailed to [email protected]

Airport Transfers

Airport transfers can be organized through Cut Above Travel & Tours. Please download the rates. Reservation requests can be emailed to [email protected]

Recently Concluded Global Rounds

Dubai Global Round

June 23-28, 2022

Our first flagship summer Global Round since 2019 returns to Dubai. Most events will take place at the epic Sheikh Rashid Auditorium in Oud Metha, but you’ll also scavenge and socialize in one of the largest malls in Dubai and dine in a larger-than-life wedding tent. (Wedding not included, though we do have one planned in July.)


The registration form for the Dubai Global Round can be found here.

It’s June in the Gulf, so drink lots of water, but check your thermometer at the door; sometimes it’s better not to know. Plus, all of our venues are air-conditioned, even the tent. (Sorry, Earth.)

If you find Team Debate or the Scholar’s Challenge stressful, just head to the Dubai Mall and stress out over the infinite number of stores instead. Then come back to the main venue to discover our community’s great diversity of potential gastronomical distress at the Cultural Fair (and its great-adjacent dancing at the wonky swanky Scholar’s Ball).

Top teams in Dubai, like those at all of our Global Rounds, will have the chance to qualify for our relaunched 2022 Tournament of Champions at Yale University.

Prague Global Round

August 19-24, 2022

The European Global Round of the World Scholar's Cup returns to Prague this year. The main venue of the Prague Global Round will be the Dlabacov Theater in Praha 6.

The Cultural Fair and Scholar's Ball will be hosted by the adjacent Orea Hotel Pyramida. The registration form for the Prague Global Round can be found here and the preview schedule can be found here.

Recommended Hotel

We encourage all participants to stay at our official hotels. The specially negotiated rates mentioned below include breakfast, internet and all taxes. Rates are valid till 23rd July. Best available rates will be offered post 23rd July.

  • Orea Hotel Pyramida | Single Rooms - CZK 2125 | Double Rooms - CZK 2275
    Please click here to reserve up to 10 rooms. Only in case your delegation requires more than 10 rooms, please email Mrs. Tereza Stankova ([email protected]). Kindly note that triple rooms and family rooms are not available at the Pyramida hotel.

  • Hotel Angelo | Single Rooms - Euro 99 | Double Rooms - Euro 109
    Please email [email protected] to reserve rooms. Please note that Hotel Angelo is not within walking distance of the Dlabacov Theater. Ground transportation details are mentioned below.

Ground Transportation

Please note that seats on the optional shuttle bus from the Angelo Hotel to and from the main venues of the event are available for advance booking with a fee of $80 per person for the duration of the event. On the day of the debates, transportation is provided at no charge from all official hotels to the debate schools. Last date for shuttle bus reservations is 8th August. Please click here to reserve seats on the shuttle bus.

Optional Excursions

Optional excursions include a city tour of Prague with a visit to the Prague Castle, excursion to the medieval towns of Kutna Hora and Cesky Krumlov. Please download the excursion brochure for more details. Please click here to reserve optional excursions

Airport Transfers

Airport transfers can be organized through Kuoni Tumlare. Please download the rates . Reservation requests can be emailed to [email protected]