Call for Applications to the English-Language Debate Competition for High School Students

The Institute of English and American Studies of the University of Debrecen, the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, and the American Corners in Hungary are happy to announce the seventh national, English-language debate competition for high school students.

Students can apply in teams of three under the supervision of a teacher by submitting a 10-15-minute-long creative, argumentative video project on the topic specified below, presenting both sides of the issue with research-based evidence and arguments. The video projects will be assessed by a panel of experts who will evaluate the strength of the arguments, the creativity involved in their presentation, the quality of language used, as well as the team members’ cooperation and presentation skills.

The top teams submitting the most creative and best-argued video projects will get the chance to prove their debating skills in person using the Karl Popper format. In-person semi-finals will take place at the American Corners in Debrecen, Pécs, Szeged, Veszprém, and Budapest in September 2023, with the in-person grand finals planned for the end of 2023.

Similarly to previous years, students can compete for valuable prizes offered by the organizers and our sponsors.


This year’s project topic for the video projects:

Stronger together? Pros and cons of international alliances in tackling 21st-century challenges


Please first register for the competition by May 1, 2023 using the following link:

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Are you curious about last year’s winners? Watch the winning videos here >>

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