Academic WorldQuest Competition 2021-2022

A National Youth Education Program of the World Affairs Councils of America

World Quest Competition tests high school students’ knowledge of international affairs. A fun, fast-paced contest, in which 4-person teams from schools compete by answering questions from 10 categories as specified by the World Affairs Councils of America. For more information about the national competition click here.


Preparing the next generation of leaders, scholars, and decision-makers to thrive in a rapidly changing world – where our national interests are intertwined with the global community – is one of the greatest challenges facing our country. It requires a renewed enthusiasm for global studies in our high schools. Too many American students today fall behind their counterparts from other countries in their knowledge and understanding of world history, geography, and current international events. The mission of Academic WorldQuest is to close the gap.

AWQ Study Guide and Topics

The World Affairs Councils of America’s AWQ Official Study Guide is the primary resource to help students and teachers prepare for the topics covered in the timed question-and-answer AWQ competitions hosted by local Councils. Councils may adapt these topics to align with their local programming initiatives. 

The AWQ Study Guide is also an essential resource for the Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition, hosted by WACA every April in Washington, DC.

Winning teams are invited to represent their high school, city, and local Council at the national AWQ championship weekend, which includes the competition, unique programming planned to enhance the global education experience, and an opportunity to meet and engage with approximately 250 like-minded peers from around the United States.

Local event: Saturday, March 19th, 2022 10:00am -4:00pm

The winning team and teacher will earn an all-expenses-paid trip to
Washington D.C. to compete at the national level on April 29 & 30 2022.

For more information about the local competition contact the following:

  • For Study Guides contact: Maria Morgan at
  • For general event information contact:
    • Dora Salazar, Director Teaching & Learning at
    • Jessica McCue, Administrative Assistant at or phone 831.755.0346