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 949-354-3180 or email us at orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org

Schools & Students:
The 2021-2022 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 19th, 2020
Time: 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM

National Competition:
Location: TBD
Date: April 24-25, 2020

2021-2022 Topics

  • Where Climate and Migration Meet
  • Afghanistan: End of the 20-Year U.S.-Led Intervention
  • Human-Centered Agenda to the Future of Work
  • CDC and the Global Health Agenda
  • Technology and Democracy: Threat or Promise?
  • Great Decisions
    • Global Supply Chains and National Security
    • Persian Gulf Security Issues
    • Brexit and the European Union
    • Struggles Over the Melting Arctic
    • China’s Role in Africa
    • The Korean Peninsula
    • Roles of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic
  • The End of Globalization?
  • 21st Century Money: Dollars to Digital Currencies
  • Working for Peace Through Legacies of War: The Case of Vietnam
  • Insecurity in China’s Neighborhood
    Current Events
Please enroll your team to receive the study guide. 

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