National Debate Qualifiers

Registration for 2020 is now 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 programme 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. 

Members of the qualified Team will be eligible for partial financial support towards their costs of attending the Finals in the UK (registration fee, flight and accommodation fee), exact allocation of the funds is to be determined after the teams have been selected.

International Competition for Young Debaters 2020 in Oxford

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 2020. Come to our preparatory sessions and national qualifiers in order to qualify for the Finals in Oxford. Finals Day will take place in the prestigious Oxford Union which has a rich history of controversial debates and influential speakers. 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 Session @ Milestone – 25th  January 15:00 and 30th January 17:00 sign up here

ICYD Qualifiers @ Milestone – 1st February 10:30-18:00 – register your team here until 30th January!

ICYD Finals in Oxford – 2nd May

If you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch with Eszter Jókay, 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.

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

Oxford Schools 2020 in Oxford  

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 allows 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 is held at the historic Oxford Union, the world’s most prestigious debating society.

Oxford Schools Prep Session @ Milestone – 10th January 17:00 – sign up here

Oxford Schools Qualifiers @ Milestone – 18th January – register your team here until 11th January!

Oxford Schools Finals in Oxford 14th March