What is Academic WorldQuest?


Academic WorldQuest is a flagship program of the national network of World Affairs Councils, located in more than 90 communities across the country. It is a team game testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs, current events, human geography, world history, and culture.

After months of studying the ten topics, approximately 3000 students across the country participate in competitions hosted by local World Affairs Councils. Winning teams are invited to represent their high school, city, and local council at the spirited national competition, held in the spring each year at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC.

In the game, four-person teams compete by answering rounds of questions projected onto a screen. A full competition is 100 questions, divided into ten rounds with distinct thematic categories. The winning team is the team with the most right answers.

For more information, please call us at 949-253-5751 or email orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org

Schools & Students:

The 2019-2020 local Academic Quest Competition will be held at Chapman University. Local Orange County winners will go on to represent the county at the national competition in Washington D.C. Topics for this years competition are listed below, however only schools/teams that register will receive the full study guide from the World Affairs Council of America. If you wish to register please contact us at: orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org

Local Competition:

Location: Sandhu Conference Center, Chapman University, 571 N Grand St, Orange, CA 92867

Date: Saturday March 7th, 2020

Time: 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM

National Competition:

Location: TBD

Date: April 24-25, 2020

2019-2020 Topics


Country in Focus: South Korea

Preventing Extremism in Fragile States

Brexit and the E.U.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Germany: 30 years after the fall of the Berlin wall

Qatar and the future of the Gulf Cooperation Council

Oceans: The World’s Garbage Dump

Great Decisions

Current Events

AWQ 2019-2020 Study Guide

For more information, please call 949-253-5751 or email us at orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org.