Welcome Letter

Letter from the Founder

The artist Austin Kleon once advised his students, "Draw the art you want to see, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use."

In designing the World Scholar's Cup, my team and I have always kept something similar in mind: to design a program we wish we could have attended when we were students.

That's why the World Scholar's Cup may look like a competition, but isn't one at all. It's a celebration of learning. (Just ask the "ninjas" who raided the Taiwan Round in 2012 to demand more guides to study.) It brings together many subjects, because before we can begin to specialize, we need to see the big picture. It challenges teams to work together, because there's nothing harder or more inspiring than knowing that someone else depends on you. And it deals with serious global issues without taking itself too seriously, because I'm convinced that before we can fall in love with learning, we have to find the fun in learning.

Whether you join us just for just a regional round or continue with us all the way to the Tournament of Champions at Yale University, you're becoming part of a community of scholars and leaders that will last a lifetime.

Daniel Berdichevsky

Founder and Alpaca-in-Chief

 

Mr. Daniel Berdichevsky

Daniel Berdichevsky is the program's founder and alpaca-in-chief. In high school, he stood out from quite a few well-known academic challenges in the United States and was considered a professional nerd ever since. For Daniel, these challenges were lifechanging: they introduced him to the joy of teamwork, inspired him to overcome his fear of public speaking, and launched him into college with new confidence. It was after studying science, technology, and society and public policy at Stanford and then public policy at Harvard that Daniel had three realizations: first, that there were very few opportunities like the ones he had been given for students around the world; second, that such a global program could be for students in the 21st century what those academic challenges had been for him in the 20th; and, third, that he had just discovered his life’s work. Daniel has also led strategic innovation for CASIO, worked (with great non-success) in venture capital, and attempted (with even greater non-success) to write musicals. Daniel loves little more (except maybe the song Havana) than meeting and learning from students around the world.

World Scholar's Cup spreads over 70 countries,140+cities

Advancement

Regional Round
Partner schools
Global Rounds
Vancouver, Prague, Melbourne, Phnom Penh
Tournament of Champions
Yale University
Regional Round
Partner schools
Global Rounds
Vancouver, Prague, Melbourne, Phnom Penh
Tournam-
ent of Champions
Yale University

Weekends, two days

Regional Round

Language
English
Locations
Partner schools
Qualification
Junior Division: born after January 1, 2005

Senior Division: born before January 1, 2005
Scale
100-300 students/round

June to September, 8 Days

Global Round

Language
English
Location
Muscat,Vancouver,Prague
Melbourne,Phnom Penh
Johannesburg
Qualification
Automatic Invitation
Scale
2500-4500 students/ round

November 2019, 8 Days

Tournament of Champions

Language
English
Location/Official Supporter
Yale University
Qualification
Top performing teams
from the Global Round
are invited
Scale
2500 students
  • Muscat: June 20 - 27, 2020
  • Vancouver: July 9 - 16, 2020
  • Prague: July 25 - August 1, 2020
  • Melbourne: August 13 - 20, 2020
  • Phnom Penh: August 27, 2020 - September 3, 2020
  • Johannesburg: September 4 - 10, 2020
* High scoring teams earn automatic invitations to the annual Global Rounds

Subjects

Each year, all teams explore and debate a current global theme, exploring subjects that range from Science to Literature to Social Studies—and more.

Theme 2020:

A World Renewed

Science: Enabling Technologies

Social Studies:On The Edges of Society

History: Neglected Histories

Art&Music:Louder than Words

Literature:Voices from the Margins

Special Area:Unsolved Mysteries

Team Events

Scholar's Bowl

Every team in the theater. Every team with a clicker. Every question harder than the one before. Your team will work together to solve analytic questions and multimedia challenges. Click your answer before time runs out, and don't be surprised if you're asked to connect a poem you studied to a clip from The Big Bang Theory. It's not the rst team that answers that gets credit—you're racing the clock. But the clock is fast.

Collaborative Writting

Debate with the power of your pen. You'll be given six statements, each from a different subject area, and asked to choose one to argue for or against. You'll rst have 25 minutes to prepare with your teammates, then an 45= by yourself to compose the most persuasive essay possible, then 15 more minutes to work together at the end. Here's the catch: each member of your team has to choose a different topic.

Team Debate

Debate is a chance for participants to apply everything they have learned as a team to make the most persuasive case possible. Each team debates three times against teams from three other schools or countries. The format is meant to challenge new and experienced debaters alike. Two-thirds of participants are first-time debaters.
Motions come from all the subject areas; participants may be debating questions of global policy or the meaning of a poem. After each round, teams give one another constructive feedback. Winning teams then go on to face other winners and non-winning teams go on to face other non-winners.

Scholar's Challenge

The Scholar's Challenge isn't a test of what the participants remember: it's a test of what they understand. It looks like any other multiple-choice test, but with an alpaca-powered twist: you can mark more than one answer per question. The fewer you mark, the more points you can earn. While the event may not be fun, its outcome is: apply your knowledge of the six subjects successfully and you'll win prizes like a gold medal in art, or a silver in science—or both. Neck braces available at check-in.

How to participate in a WSC regional round?

Choose one of the following regional round, click on and register now

2019 - 2020 WSC Host Schools in China

Regional Round

Regional Round Agenda

DAY 1 8:00-9:00 Sign in and register
9:00-10:30 Opening ceremony
10:30-13:30 Team Debate
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:30 Collaborative Writing
16:30-17:45 Scholar's Challenge
DAY 2 8:00-8:30 Arrive
8:30-11:30 Scholar's Bowl
11:45-12:45 Lunch
12:45-14:00 Debate Showcase
14:00-15:00 Scholar's Show*
15:00-16:30 Awarding Ceremony

*The Scholar's Show is an optional talent show, a chance for students to share something with the audience, even if they are not experienced performers. (Whether it's a student from Singapore pretending to be Obama, or a Bulgarian team introducing us to a traditional dance, every single performance is unique.) At each round, a Debate Showcase is also hosted— when top individual debaters from different schools, as nominated by the judges, are put together to debate on the stage in front of the entire audience, concluding with a community discussion within the whole crowd.

Note:
The agenda might be adjusted according to the actual circumstance;
Each student can only participate once a year in the regional round.

AWARDS

Honor Medal

Trophy

Debate Champions

Team Bowl

Writing Champions

Challenge Subject Winners

DaVinci Award

Champion Scholars

Qualifying Team

 

 

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Team Events

Team Events

Scholar’s Scavenge

Scholar’s Scavenge

Scholar's Show

Scholar's Show

Scholar's Ball

Scholar's Ball

Cultural Fair

Cultural Fair

Alpaca Program

Alpaca Program

Flag Ceremony

Flag Ceremony

Awarding Ceremony

Awarding Ceremony

Tournament of Champions

You'll discover our annual Tournament of Champions, hosted by the Yale International Relations Association at Yale University. 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 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.

Our Story

Instead of focusing on memorizing facts, WSC is all about applying them and relating them to the world around us. You don't need to know that Victor Hugo was a realist; you need to know what artwork might have interested him the most. Whatever you do, you're celebrating learning, even if you don't think you like learning.Is it challenging? Yes. Can it be frightening?  Yes.Will it be fun? Absolutely. Welcome to the World Scholar's Cup; welcome to the greatest festival of learning in the world.

Terran Kroft 

New Zealand

Thank you for giving me motivation not just to gain more knowledge, but also to share that knowledge with others.

Thiri Tun

Singapore

Scholar's Cup made me a more active person with wonderful new memories and friends. I became more passionate about the arts and I really started appreciating innovative ideas.

Valida Pantsulaia

America
Not only were the topics extremely engaging and unique, the whole idea of the program was thrilling: debating with other international delegates, furiously scribbling essays on various subjects (like the Psychology of War!), clenching the clicker tightly and getting all ready to press the buttons...

Nicole Tan

America