National Debate Qualifiers

Registration for 2021 Oxford Schools National qualifiers and ICYD is open

Every year the Milestone Institute presents Hungarian students with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to debate the brightest minds within the historical walls of the University of Oxford and Cambridge. The Milestone Debating Society offers an introductory and preparatory program free of charge to all students interested in participating in the prestigious competitions of Oxford Schools and ICYD. Besides preparation, the Institute also hosts the National Qualifiers and opens up their debate coaching sessions for the qualified teams. No prior debating experience needed to attend the sessions and the Qualifiers. Both competitions are in a British Parliamentary format and are open to teams of two. You can apply to the Qualifiers without attending the prep sessions, however, it is strongly advised to take advantage of this opportunity.

International Competition for Young Debaters 2021

ICYD is an annual debating competition in the British Parliamentary (BP) format (teams of two). Participants must be aged 15 or under on August 31st, 2021. Come to our preparatory sessions and national qualifiers in order to qualify for the Finals organized by Cambridge Union. Finals Day is being hosted by the Cambridge Union this year and will take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a unique opportunity for young debaters to compete on an international stage with other students of a similar age and skill level.

ICYD Prep Sessions – 28th February – sign up for the prep session here

ICYD National Qualifiers – 14th March – register your team here until 12:00 PM on 12th March!

ICYD Finals in Cambridge – 1st May

If you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch with Dalma Szentpály, the Community and Student Life Coordinator at

Disclaimer: Milestone Institute is the organiser of the National Qualifiers, the Finals are organised by the Student Unions of Oxford and Cambridge for which the Institute does not take responsibility. Qualified teams are responsible to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements for the finals and the Institute shall not be liable for any events that might occur out-with its boundaries.

Registration for Oxford Schools is now open!

Oxford Schools 2021

The only requirement for registration is for your team of two to be a high school student above 14 and have the language competencies which allow you to debate in English.

The Oxford Union Society’s annual Oxford Schools competition is the largest British Parliamentary school-level debating competition in the world. The competition offers students aged 14-18 an excellent chance to develop their skills and confidence in public speaking, thoughtful argumentation, and analytical problem-solving. Come to our preparation sessions to get equipped for the National Qualifier hosted by Milestone.  For the best teams, Finals Day will happen on the 13th of March, 2021.

Oxford Schools Prep Session (online) – 30th January 14:00 – sign up here

Oxford Schools Qualifiers (online) – 6th – 7th February – register your team here until 2nd February!

Oxford Schools Finals (organized by Oxford Union) 14th March

If you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch with Dalma Szentpály, the Head of Lower House and Student Life Coordinator at

The Prep session shall commence at 14:00 on the 30th January 2021 online via Zoom. After registration, you’ll receive the log-in link for the Zoom event in the confirmation email. The Oxford Schools Qualifiers will happen on 6th-7th February online. The details for the event will be communicated on the 25th of January.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Milestone Debating Society Facebook Group

Oxford Schools Official Website

International Competition For Young Debaters Official Website

The Cambridge Union Society: Introductory Guide to Debating: British Parliamentary Format – Handout

The Oxford Union Society Guide to Schools’ Debating – Handout

York University Debate Society: Introduction to British Parliamentary Debate – Video




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