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Central Texas Academic WorldQuest™ Competition

REGISTER your high school team by February 7th if your team is ready to compete in the Central Texas Academic WorldQuest™ (AWQ) competition on Saturday February 22, 2020.

Each year, Academic WorldQuest™ seeks to inform and engage high school teens and their teachers across the country in global affairs. More than 4,000 students participate and test their knowledge of international affairs, global current events, and foreign policy. The winning high school teams at each local competition becomes eligible to participate at the national contest in Washington DC.  Our competition consists of 10 rounds of 10 questions about specific global themes.  Each team is comprised of currently enrolled students from the same high school.  All high schools located in our five-county metro region (Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson) are eligble to send a team to compete.

The partner organizations for the 2020 competition are the World Affairs Council of Austin, the Center for European Studies, and Hemispheres: The International Outreach Consortium at the University of Texas at Austin.

What is it?

Academic WorldQuest™ is a flagship youth education program of the national network of World Affairs Councils. It is a team competition that engages more than 4,000 high school students annually across the United States to test their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy. In the competition, four-person teams compete by answering multiple-choice questions divided into ten unique and engaging thematic categories.  AWQ is a terrific opportunity to engage students in global affairs in a competition against fellow high school students in the Austin metropolitan area.  We have had great success and participation in this competition in past years and want to make it even bigger!

Join the competition!

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:30 am


Registration Information

Teams consist of four high-school students and at least one alternate team member.  High Schools may register teams of 4 students in grades 9 – 12, however; the contest is especially relevant to students in World Geography, AP Human Geography and Economics.  REGISTER YOUR TEAM BEFORE 5:00 pm on Friday, February 7, 2020.

How do we prepare?

Academic WorldQuest™ competition student study guide is available here.

The topics students will be tested on this year are:

  • Brexit and the European Union
  • China’s Belt & Road Initiative
  • Germany: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall
  • U.S.-Russia Relations
  • Country in Focus: South Korea

    The Austin region’s winning team in 2019 was from Del Valle High School.

  • Preventing Extremism in Fragile States
  • Oceans: The World’s Garbage Dump
  • Great Decisions
    • Refugees and Global Migration
    • The Middle East: Regional Disorder
    • Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?
    • The Rise of Populism in Europe
    • Decoding U.S.-China Trade
    • Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics
    • The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
    • State of the State Department and Diplomacy
  • Qatar and the Future of the Gulf Cooperation Council
  • Current Events







February 22, 2020
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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World Affairs Council Austin
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UT Center for European Studies
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