Academic WorldQuest

A Global Knowledge Competition

Academic WorldQuest is a global knowledge competition for high school students. AWQ becomes more fun & fierce each year as foreign policy buffs, United Nations enthusiasts, young international entrepreneurs, global change agents, and the universally curious mix, mingle, laugh, and compete for victory. Our event is Utah's official qualifying competition for the national competition, hosted each spring by the World Affairs Councils of America.

The 2023 Academic WorldQuest: Utah State Competition 

Saturday, March 4 2023

Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah

Coaches! Register Your Team Now! 

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What is Academic WorldQuest?

Teams of four students compete by answering a set of questions in six global categories. The questions test a student's knowledge of current affairs, world leaders, geography, recent history, flags, international organization, countries, regions, the world economy, culture, religion, and more.

The 2023 local competition categories are:

  • Combatting Global Food Insecurity
  • Economic Sanctions - A Double-Edged Sword
  • Country in Focus: Ethiopia
  • Battle of the Century: Autocracy vs. Democracy
  • Securing the Future of the World's Wildlife

A study guide will be provided to teams upon registration.

How Can I Participate?

All you need to compete is a team of friends! Participation is free to Utah's high school students, and students from across the state are encouraged to join. A study guide will be provided upon registration - but you are welcome to compete even if you are unable to study! Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about AWQ22!

Prizes will be awarded to top teams, as well as to the team with the most creative name.

AWQ2023 Badge

A special badge will be issued to all competitors of Academic WorldQuest. This badge can be applied towards the Young Diplomats of Utah Leadership Certification, and can be shared on social media and college applications.

 A Young Diplomats of Utah Badge for competing in Academic WorldQuest, 2022.

The National Competition

The top scoring team at the Utah competition will advance to the national competition in Washington DC on April 28 and 29, 2023. Utah Global Diplomacy will cover the costs of travel and competing in this event. World Affairs Council of America, the host of the Academic WorldQuest national competition, will require proof of vaccination against Covid-19 for all attendees and competitors at the national competition. Please see their Covid-19 policy, linked here.