International – The Basics


This is the site for information on international high school debating with the International Public Debate Program (IPDP), the nation’s largest and most successful international secondary school debate program. Claremont’s IPDP/Team USA has organized international debating for a decade; students have attended competitions and educational exchanges in more than 15 countries. In just the past few years, students attended events in China, Mexico, Korea, New Zealand, Qatar, Turkey, Peru, Italy, Belgium, United Kingdom, Chile, Bermuda, Greece, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and South Africa.

The IPDP organizes, auditions, selects, and trains students for the international competitions in multiple debate formats. In addition, the IPDP hosts a US national championship for high school students in international debate formats. Planning is now underway for a half dozen spring and early summer competitions.

Open Auditions for the IPDP

IPDP auditions are held on a rolling basis throughout the year. No auditions are scheduled at this time. if you are interested in an audition for the program, please contact John Meany,


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