Academic WorldQuest™

Academic WorldQuest™

The World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program is a fun, fast-paced team competition for high school students. Academic WorldQuest tests players’ knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures.

2020 Dates & Deadlines

Early Registration Date: October 31st
Late Registrations Date: December 15th
Local Competition Date: February 8th
National Competition Date: April 24th- April 25th

About AWQ

  • U.S.-Russia Relations
  • Country in Focus: South Korea
  • Preventing Extremism in Fragile States
  • Oceans: The World’s Garbage Dump
  • Great Decisions
    • Refugees and Global Migration
    • The Middle East: Regional Disorder
    • Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?
    • The Rise of Populism in Europe
    • Decoding U.S.-China Trade
    • Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics
    • The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
    • State of the State Department and Diplomacy
  • Brexit and the EU
  • China’s Belt & Road Initiative
  • Germany: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Qatar and the Future of the Gulf Cooperation Council
  • Current Events
Official Study Guide 2019-2020

This information packet includes the AWQ Study Guide, which provides detailed resources on each of 10 question categories to help students and teachers to prepare for the competition (with exception of the Current Events category). Questions for the competition are drawn from the resources in the AWQ Study Guide.

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.

Approximately 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. (typically in April).

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

March — Winning team will continue to study for National Competition

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

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For more infomation, please contact Samantha Risen at [email protected]