May 28, 2019

COBIS Student World Debate Competition

  • Crimson Education
  • Spain
Multiple Competition Skill Building Other


The COBIS Student World Debate Competition brings students from COBIS Schools across the globe together for three days of debate on topical issues.  

Dates and Location:
The COBIS Student World Debate Competition took place on 5-8 February 2020 in Malaga, Spain.

Student Eligibility:
Schools can bring teams of 4-6 students who are currently in Key Stage 4 and 5.  The students must belong to a member school of the Council of British International Schools.

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Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range

Ages 15 - 18.



The standard is very high, especially for schools in the UAE, which perform very well. Previously JC and DC have been winners and runners-up of this competition.

Participation Cost


The cost depends highly on where the competition is held. When it was in the UAE, cost for MENA students would be much lower than this year, since it is being held in Romania. That being said, schools may be able to subsidize certain costs.


Registration fee: £295 per school
Participant fee: 395 euros per person (fee applies to each student or staff member)


Airport pick up and drop off
3 nights’ accommodation at the Sheraton (Twin Share Room for students/Single Room for teachers)
Full American Breakfast in Avalon Restaurant
Complimentary internet in room and public areas
Access to Fitness Centre 2nd floor (dry and wet sauna, gym)
Tour of Bucharest on Thursday, including lunch
Dinner Thursday Night
Debating Friday/Saturday
Dinner Friday Night



Minimum Technical Skill Needed


The student must be a solid, experienced debater who is comfortable making logical and compelling arguments on topics without prior preparation.

Time Commitment


The student must practice debate presentation, logic, communication skills, and also be well-versed in current events. They must learn how to weigh and crystallize arguments.

Application Deadline

2020 applications have closed. Dates for 2021 are to be released.

Application Process Includes

Online registration - all registered schools will be entered into a lottery draw for the 16 places available.

The event is usually held in February. The event changes location each year.