Compostela Debate Tournament

The Compostela Debate Tournament is jointly organised by the Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) and the University of Pécs.

It is an online activity to train CGU students in debating techniques to help them in their professional development and future career, regardless of their academic background.

The first online training course runs from 2 to 5 November 2021.

It is a free course and recognised with 3 ECTS credits accredited by the University of Pécs.

Find out all the details of the programme in this section.


With the online Compostela Debate Tournament, CGU students are expected to develop and improve their public speaking skills, learn to formulate and structure their critical thinking, public speaking and debating skills.

Target group

This training activity is aimed at bachelor, master and doctoral students from CGU’s member universities.

Dates of celebration

The first edition will be held from 2 to 5 November 2021.

Tuition fee

This is a free training course.

Working language

The course is conducted entirely in English.

Academic recognition

This course is recognised with 3 ECTS credits. Students who pass the course receive a diploma of recognition.


Participants learn to argue by practising, individually and in groups, the techniques of British parliamentary debate, the basics of rhetoric, the fundamentals of public speaking and everything a speaker needs to know to connect with your audience persuasively and convincingly.

A special part of the programme includes an online debate tournament where both written arguments and real debate speeches are presented.

The tournament is conducted by internationally renowned debate experts.

Find the full programme of the first edition of the course here.

Profile of students of the Compostela Group of Universities registered to the Compostela Debate Tournament.

Profile of students of the Compostela Group of Universities participating in the Compostela Debate Tournament.

Winners of the Tournament

See the list of winners of the current edition.

Application for participation

CGU students interested in participating must complete an online application form by 17 October 2021, where they are asked to upload the following documentation:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • Language certificate required for the course (English).

Find the application form here (closed).


Contact data

For any questions, the CGU team is available at, and the team of the Summer School of the University of Pécs is available at


Promotional flyers

Find here the promotional brochure in pdf format of the course.


Gabriela Meléndez

University of Piura (Peru)

“Participating in the online Compostela Debate Tournament was an enriching experience because of the knowledge I gained as well as the multicultural environment. Although it was challenging since we had to debate a language in which I was not a native speaker, I would recommend all students to take this opportunity.”

Angela Quispe

National University of San Marcos (Peru)

“Participating in the Compostela Debate Tournament has been a meaningful and enriching experience. Not only have I acquired both knowledge and skills that will be useful in my professional development, but also I could get in touch with cultures from the other side of the world, and learn from them as well.”

Manuel Fernández Míguez

University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

“I think this online course has helped me improve my English vocabulary and my speaking skills. I had a good time with my peers and I personally believe that Debate tournaments are fun hobbies.”

Yufan Song

University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

“This program managed to deliver us the most up-to-date knowledge of debate and all the accompanying skills we need. Most importantly, opened the door of dialogue for us, which is the cornerstone of growth in today’s world.”

Almendra Chumpitaz Contreras

National University of San Marcos (Peru)

“I am a believer that practice makes you perfect. Many thanks to the opportunity given by the Compostela Debate Tournament. I sharpened my debate skills, every class was truly motivational and practical. I liked the dynamics of the groups where I could meet partners from around the globe with the same passion for debate. Every member of the Compostela Debate Tournament showed commitment and generosity, I felt like home.”


The Compostela Debate Tournament is jointly organised by the University of Pécs and the Compostela Group of Universities.