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Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) is a nationwide World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) youth education program. Thousands of high school students across the US compete in AWQ contests organized by more than 50 local World Affairs Councils.  

This fast-paced, interactive, quizzo-style competition that tests global knowledge! Find out just how much you know about international affairs, geography, history and culture, while broadening your knowledge and networking with other globally-minded people.

Everyone is welcome! Members of the general public, including friends, family and teachers, are encouraged to attend our engaging academic competition. You can attend the lunch or simply watch the academic competition portion. 


Teams of four students along with an academic coach, compete among other Indiana high schools for a chance to win an expense-paid trip to the national AWQ competition hosted in Washington, DC.  


In Appreciation for Sponsors & Partners of Academic WorldQuest

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Indiana University: The Indiana Council on World Affairs thanks the Indiana University Center for the Study of Global Change, the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER); and the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies' Area Resource Centers for support of the Academic WorldQuest global study program and competition in 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024. IU HL's Area Resource Centers offer K-12 educational resources - check them out!

African Studies Program (ASP)

Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
Center for the Study of Global Change (CGC)
Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME)
East Asian Studies Center (EASC)

Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC)
Institute for European Studies (EURO)

Russian and East European Institute (REEI)

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