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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. 

Contestants deliver 5-minute prepared speeches on a pre-selected theme.  They also answer questions from the judges and the audience related to their speech.

The Competition:

  • Each participating country sends one student.The United States contestant receives an all-expenses paid trip to London for the Competition, May 9-13, 2016.
  • This year the United States Qualifying Rounds will be held via YouTube and Skype. All submissions are due by Monday, February 22, 2016. US Finals will be held the week of March 7-11.
  • 2016 IPSC National Theme: "Integrity has no need of rules"


  • Students must be 16 to 20 years old and a US National.
  • Students must be able to participate in all Competition activities.

US National Qualifying Round
The 2016 US National Qualifying Round is now closed. Please check back in December 2016 for information about the 2017 competition. 

For more information about the ESU International Public Speaking Competition in London, please click here.