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Academic WorldQuest

Academic WorldQuest, a global knowledge competition that has become a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America, is a fun, friendly and powerful way for high school students to learn about international affairs.  Teams are comprised of four students plus alternates who typically prepare in an after-school setting over the course of several months. Keep an eye out for more information on WorldBoston’s 11th Annual John H. Carlson Academic WorldQuest, which will take place in Spring 2018.

Congratulations to the Longmeadow team for wining our 2017 competition!

Congratulations to the 2017 winning team from Longmeadow High School – they’ve won a trip to Washington, D.C., in April to compete in the National Academic WorldQuest, all expenses paid.

During the regional competition, teams view a PowerPoint presentation of 100 multiple-choice questions covering topics such as people in the news, world geography, elections, international organizations and current events.  The main resource to prepare for the competition is a study guide – take a look at the Academic WorldQuest 2017 Study Guide to see what the questions focused on this year. The 2016-2017 topics were Current Events, Great Decisions, Peace and Conflict in Today’s World (USIP), Combating Infectious Disease, European Union, Countering Violent Extremism, Turkey, Global Megacities, China, and Women in Technology. The event is open to parents and friends, who also are given answer sheets and enjoy playing along.

Academic WorldQuest 2017

This year marked the first year of our Massachusetts-wide competition! If you know of local teachers who would be interested in participating next year, send us their name and e-mail and we will reach out to them.

If you have any questions about the competition, or the online registration process, please don’t hesitate to e-mail WorldBoston’s Global Education Manager Tom Luly at or call 617-542-8995 ext. 104.

Please consider sponsorship of Academic WorldQuest! For more information contact Tom Luly.

We are grateful for the support of our premier sponsors:

John H. Carlson (Gold Star Sponsor since 2008)

Bridgewater State University (2015, 2016, & 2017 venue host)

Northeastern University (2012 & 2013 venue host)

Watch this video from the Alaska World Affairs Council to learn more about Academic WorldQuest!