Academic WorldQuest

 Register a Team Here!

What is Academic WorldQuest?

Early Registration Date: October 31st

Late Registrations Date: December 15th

Local Competition Date: February 3rd

National Competition Date: Mid-April

Why Academic WorldQuest™ is Important?

With funding for school programs other than “basics” falling away, the opportunities for high school students to learn geography, world history, and world affairs have dwindled to almost nothing in American high schools while globalization and interdependence continues to knit the world more closely together each passing day and year.

The World Affairs Council system does a lot to counter this isolationist pedagogical trend already through the making of curriculum units for high schools, the organizing of teachers’ workshops, and the sending abroad of teachers and students. We want to build on our already existing and successful programs that seek to reverse this unfortunate and counterproductive educational trend.

Participation in Academic WorldQuest can also be used to fulfill requirements for the Global Citizenship Certificate Program, an advanced learning program for ambitious and motivated high school students.

How to Play – Program Structure

Academic WorldQuest - World Affairs Council of KY/S. InApproximately 4,000 students across the country participate in competitions hosted by over 40 local World Affairs Councils across the United States. Winning teams are invited to represent their high school, city, and local council at the national competition, held in the spring each year in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.

Coaching a team is easy!

  • Assemble a team of 4 students.
  • Assist your team in studying the sources listed on the online Study Guide – all questions come from these sources!
  • If your team wins, your travel is sponsored by D.D.Williamson Inc. to attend the National Competition in Washington, D.C. in April!

Schools may register up to 2 teams (4 students in each team). Students may be in 9th through 12th grades. Teams may also register one alternative in case of illness or inability to compete.

Teams compete by answering rounds of questions projected by PowerPoint onto a screen. The questions test their knowledge of current affairs, world leaders, geography, recent history, flags, international organizations, countries, regions, the world economy, culture, religion, and more. A full competition is 100 questions, 10 rounds of 10 questions per round. The winning team is the team with the highest number of right answers. The winning team will qualify for the National Academic WorldQuest™ competition in Washington D.C. (held in April 2018).

2017/18 Academic WorldQuest™ Categories:

Each year the questions for both the regional and national Academic WorldQuestsTM are taken from the study guide published by the World Affairs Councils of America. It contains to the required readings from which all the questions will be taken. This year’s study guide can be found here, and the study guides for recent years can also be found below. This year’s question categories are:

  • ASEAN at 50
  • India’s Bid for Global Power
  • Combating Climate Change
  • Cybersecurity
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Great Decisions 2017 topics: The Future of Europe; Conflict in the South China Sea; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; Latin America’s Political Pendulum; Trade, Jobs, and Politics; and Nuclear Security
  • The Peacebuilding toolkit
  • America’s Diplomats
  • Current Events

How to Register

To register please complete our online form. We accept payment via mailed checks and credit cards through the online form. If mailing a check, please make it payable to World Affairs Council of KY/S.IN and address it to:

ATTN: Academic WorldQuest
World Affairs Council
2500 Montgomery St
Louisville, KY 40212

*NOTICE: your registration is not confirmed until we receive your registration payment.


September — Organize a group of students & complete registration forms

October — Complete registration forms by Oct. 31 for early reg. fee ($50)

Nov.–Dec. — Schedule weekly practices with teams; monitor their studying with provided study guides
*Late registration = Dec. 15 ($75)

January — Teams continue to practice

February — Local (State) competition at Bellarmine University on February 3rd.

March — Winning team will continue to study for National Competition

April — National Competition in Washington D.C. (April )

For more information email [email protected]

National Competition

The winning team from the Kentucky & Southern Indiana competition will qualify for the National Academic WorldQuest™ competition in Washington, D.C.  Each year the competition is held in April.


Please contact McKenzie Nalley: [email protected], or call WAC KY/So. IN at (502) 561-5422.

Congratulations to Last Year’s National 3rd Place Winners!

Pictured: Manual students with World Affairs Councils of America President and CEO Bill Clifford.
Photo Credit: World Affairs Councils of America.

Congratulations to duPont Manual High School for placing third in this year’s national Academic WorldQuest Competition. The competition was held on April 29 in Washington, D.C., and featured over 250 students from nearly 50 high schools nationwide, making this no small achievement. On the team were Agharnan Gandhi, Mark Raj, Aditya Mehta, Abilash Thout, and Matthew Raj. Manual has previously placed first nationally in the 2014-2015 competition.

We would also like to thank D.D. Williamson, Inc. for partnering with us and helping send these students to Washington D.C. at no cost them. Thanks to DDW, we were able to provide airfare, lodging, and a per diem to be spent on meals and cultural activities. Without them such an enriching academic and cultural experience would not have been possible.

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