National Debate Qualifiers

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. Individual applications are possible, with the disclaimer that we cannot guarantee that a team-mate will be provided. You can apply to the Qualifiers without attending the prep sessions, however, it is strongly advised to take advantage of this opportunity. The dates for the 2020 Qualifiers will be announced until November, below you can view the dates for last year.

International Competition for Young Debaters 2019 in Cambridge

Register here until the 23rd February 23:59

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 2019. Come to our preparatory sessions and national qualifiers in order to qualify for the Finals in Cambridge. Finals Day is being hosted the Cambridge Union this year and will take place in the prestigious Cambridge 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 Sessions @ Milestone – 16th and 23rd February

Sign-up for the Preparation Sessions Here

ICYD Qualifiers @ Milestone – 2nd March

ICYD Finals in Cambridge – 27th April

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.

Oxford Schools 2019 in Oxford  

Register here until the 4th January 23:59

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 Sessions @ Milestone – 4th and 11th January at 17:00 

Sign up for the Preparation Sessions Here!

Registration for the competition closes on the 4th January 23:59

Oxford Schools Qualifiers @ Milestone – 12th January

Oxford Schools Finals in Oxford – 9th March

The Qualifier for Oxford Schools was held on the 12th January 2019. The two teams of qualified students are:  Emma Somos and Lili Juhász, and Samu Marosi and  László Dolgos. Congratulations!

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