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 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
ent of Champions
Weekends, two days
Senior Division: born before January 1, 2005
June to September, 8 Days
November 2019, 8 Days
Tournament of Champions
from the Global Round
- 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
Each year, all teams explore and debate a current global theme, exploring subjects that range from Science to Literature to Social Studies—and more.
A World Renewed
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.
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.
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 RoundMaple Leaf International School -Xi'an
Regional Round Agenda
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*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.
The agenda might be adjusted according to the actual circumstance；
Each student can only participate once a year in the regional round.
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.
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.
Thank you for giving me motivation not just to gain more knowledge, but also to share that knowledge with others.
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.