The COBIS Student World Debate Competition brings students from COBIS Schools across the globe together for an exciting three day event. The programme includes two days of debate competitions, a fun cultural tour of Malaga, plus plenty of opportunities for COBIS student networking. 

Schools can bring teams of 4-6 students. This competition is recommended for students in Years 11-13, aged 16 and over. 

Dates and Location
The COBIS Student World Debate Competition will take place from 5-8 February 2020 in Marbella, Spain. The competition will be hosted by The English International College.

A Message from the Host School

"At EIC we are very proud of our strong debating tradition and our international community. We aspire to welcome schools from across the globe to the COBIS Student World Debate Competition to promote a positive and inclusive environment for visiting schools; to maintain rigorous standards of academic debate; to build lasting connections with schools all over the world, and to offer an enjoyable and unforgettable opportunity for personal growth and the development of lasting friendships to every participant."

The programme will include two days of heated debates, plus a cultural excursion day on the Thursday. On Friday there will be four debates; two prepared, one impromptu and one impromptu showcase debate. On Saturday, the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals will take place for both the Plate and Cup competitions.

Competition Rules and Judging Guidelines
Download the Competition Rules and Judging Guidelines for the COBIS Student World Debate Competition 2020.


  • Registration fee: £295 per school 
  • Participant fee: €595 per person

These costs include:

  • Three nights' accommodation from Wednesday to Saturday (plus the option to stay on Saturday night, courtesy of EIC)
  • Formal welcome dinner on Thursday evening
  • Debating Friday/Saturday
  • Lunches and refreshments on Friday and Saturday 
  • Dinner and entertainment on Friday evening
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfers between the hotel and school
  • Cultural Tour of Malaga on Thursday
  • Merchandise pack

How to Register
Registration for the COBIS Student World Debate Competition closed on 25 September 2019. If you would like to join the waiting list, please complete this form.

Lottery Draw
There are 16 places available at the COBIS Student World Debate Competition 2020. Some places are pre-allocated to previous hosts/winners. The remaining 12 places will be allocated by a lottery draw.

Terms and Conditions
Download the Terms and Conditions for the COBIS Student World Debate Competition here.

Previous Competitions
For more information on previous competitions, please click the links below.

If you are interested in hosting or attending this event in 2020/21, please email