Academic WorldQuest

2018 Regional Competition: March 17, 2018

2018 National Competition: April 28, 2018

2018 Academic WorldQuest Competition Categories

  • Current Events
  • America's Diplomats
  • The Peacebuilding Toolkit
  • Great Decisions
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Cybersecurity
  • Combating Climate Change
  • India's Bid for Global Power
  • ASEAN at 50

The regional competition is open to all high school students in the greater Washington Metropolitan area. A chaperone must accompany each team. 

If you would like to participate with your team please contact Sarah McLewin Kincaid, Director of Global Education at or contact her by phone at (202) 293-1051.


Each year, the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC hosts a group of students from Hayah International Academy in Cairo, Egypt. The students, selected based on superior academic performance, compete against regional qualifying teams from around the United States in the national Academic WorldQuest championship. 

  Congratulations to School Without Walls, winner of the 2015 Washington, DC Regional Academic WorldQuest Competition!

Academic WorldQuest is a Flagship Program of the World Affairs Council system. The game was developed by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, NC, and is now widely played at the adult and high school levels around the country. It is a team game testing competitors' knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, and culture. Each year, students from Maryland, Virginia, and the District compete in the World Affairs Council - Washington, DC's regional competition, and the winning team qualifies to compete against teams from across the country in the World Affairs Councils of America’s national competition in Washington, DC. The World Affairs Councils of America started the national competition in March 2003.

The game is a contest between 4-person teams representing a high school or city. It is moderated by a prominent person in the field of international affairs or journalism. 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 correct answers.