WSC Regional Round
- On specified weekends from September 2021 to June 2022
Notes: Choose only one round.
- Junior Division
- Senior Division
- Form a team of three. All students are welcome.
Scoring and Advancement
- Team Scoring: For Collaborative Writing,Team Debate and Scholar's Challenge,team scores are determined by adding all team member's individual scores together. For Scholar's Bowl, team scores will be calculated based on the the number of correct answers the team manage to give.
- Overall Scoring: The team score for each event makes up 25% of the overall team score.
- Advancement: The teams whose overall performance is ranked top 50% in each Regional Round will be invited to the Global Round.
Form a Team
Meet Team Challenges
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.
Founder and Alpaca-in-Chief
Mr. Daniel BerdichevskyDaniel Berdichevsky is the program's founder and alpaca-in-chief. In high school, he achieved the highest score in the history of the United States Academic Decathlon; he has been a professional nerd ever since. For Daniel, Decathlon was life-changing: it 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 was no opportunity like the one he had been given for students around the world; second, that such a global program could be for students in the 21st century what Decathlon 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.
Originated from US, popular around the World
Featuring 4 academic activities
More than 70 host countries and 140 cities
Cultivating young scholars aged from 8 to 18
Advancing to Tournament of Champion at Yale
More than 60% participants receive awards
Interdisciplinary discussions on current global issues
A strong support for international university applications
World Scholar's Cup spreads over 70 countries，140+cities
Weekends during September 2021 to June 2022
Senior Division: born before January 1, 2007
Between July to September, 7 Days
November , 8 Days
Tournament of Champions
from the Global Round
Themes and Subjects
Each year, all teams focus on a current global theme, exploring it from the perspectives of different disciplines including history, social studies, science, technology, arts, music and so on.
A World Renewed
It’s loud. You might even hear a team shout the wrong answer— hoping you’ll click it.
It's strategic. What will you and your teammates do when you disagree?
Remember, it's not the first team to answer correctly that gets all the credit. You’re all racing the clock. But, the clock is fast and the stakes are high.
Speak with the power of your pen (or pencil!) You’ll be given six prompts, from each of the six subject areas, ranging from creative scenarios to explore to persuasive arguments to make. Two easy rules to remember: as a team you only need to write three of the six, and each of you needs to answer a different prompt. You’ll first have 25 minutes to prepare together, then 45 minutes by yourself to write the most compelling piece possible, then 15 minutes to review one another's work at the end. Whether you craft a poem or compose a five-paragraph essay, make sure your work excites and challenges you, because that means it'll excite and challenge your reader too.
Each team debates three times, on motions across all the subjects, from policy to poetry. You may be arguing whether parents should have access to surveillance cameras at schools—or whether women make better superheroes. Debate is your chance to apply all that you’ve learned to make the most persuasive case you can. And, win or not, after each debate, you’ll give the other team feedback on how to improve.
Each of you will speak up to 4 minutes. But first, you’ll have 15 minutes to research your argument, with full access to the Internet. Use your time—and choose your sources—wisely!
Two-thirds of our students have never debated before; over half are EFL learners. The rest sign up because they’re debaters. For new debaters, it’s a great introduction; for experienced debaters, it’s a challenging new style.
It’s multiple choice, so make multiple choices. The Challenge looks like any other 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 if you’re right. (Yes, that means you can finally guess C and D... and also A, B, and E.) Apply your knowledge of the six subjects successfully and you can win medals in one, two, or all of them.
You’ll soon discover what all World Scholars do: that even if you think you’re an expert in science, you might win a medal in the arts, and that the best way to prepare for a test that touches on everything is to talk through it all with your team, day by day.
Play your cards right, and you could earn enough medals to warrant a neck brace.