English in Action: The English-Speaking Union

Education Programs

International Public Speaking Competition

IPSC showcases the very highest standard of public speaking by young people across the world.

The ESU International Public Speaking Competition brings together outstandingly articulate young people from all over the world for a week of public speaking competition and international cultural exchange in London.  Under the auspices of the ESU of the Commonwealth, the finalist contestants meet and learn with their peers of different backgrounds and cultures from some 50 countries.  Through all its qualifying levels, the program engages more than 40,000 young people globally. 

Each participating country sends one student.  The United States contestant will receive an all-expenses paid trip to London for the Competition (May 14-19, 2018).  

Contestants deliver five-minute prepared speeches on a pre-selected theme.  They also answer questions from the judges and the audience related to their speech.

2018 IPSC National Theme: "The best way to predict the future is to invent it.".

US National Qualifying Round
Submissions are due via this form and video upload to YouTube by Monday, February 12, 2018.

Learn more about the ESU International Public Speaking Competition in London.

US National Finals

Finalists will be notified via email the week of February 26, 2018.  Finals will be conducted via Skype on March 6 and 7, 2018.


  • Students must be 16 to 20 years old and a US National (US Citizen or passport-holder)
  • Students must be able to participate in all Competition activities (please check school testing schedules)