Academic WorldQuest

International Knowledge Competition for High Schools

In cooperation with the International Business Center Katz Graduate School of Business University of Pittsburgh

Academic WorldQuest is an annual knowledge-based competition with questions focusing on international affairs, current events, the global economy, geography, world history, and general knowledge about the world.

Who Can Play? This is a team competition. Teams consist of four high school students from the same school.  In order to allow for as many schools as possible to participate, only one team per school district is permitted to enter the competition.

This event is offered at NO CHARGE and is open to teams of high school students and their accompanying teachers or chaperones.

The rounds for 2013 included:

Round 1: World Cultures

Culture, languages, music, arts, sports, and behaviors in different countries and regions

Round 2: Geography
Countries/regions of the world, including topics such as topography, country/capital identification, landmarks, borders/boundaries, region/country statistics
Round 3: Flags
Flag identification through pictures and descriptions

Round 4: The World in the 1970s
Noteworthy international events, discoveries, leaders, political movements, conflicts in the 70s

Round 5: Global Economy and Business
Terminology, currency, institutions, players, and trends of the global economy,  knowledge of business culture and practices worldwide

Round 6: People in the News
Current world leaders and individuals involved with international issues

Round 7: Current Events
Recent events and trends in international affairs

Round 8: Global Health
Health and healthcare around the world, including pandemics, international health organizations, infectious diseases, country statistics/global trends in maternal health, children's health, life expectancy, terminology

Round 9: World Religions

Beliefs, traditions, history, trends, and key individuals associated with religion around the world.

How Can Teams Prepare?
The Council provides a preparation guide that explains the content of each round and provides suggested websites and resources to help teams prepare for the competition. Click here to download the preparation guide.

In addition, the Council will provide practice questions (and answers) on Facebook and Twitter. Become a fan of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @WorldPittsburgh for access to these special practice questions!

What is the grand prize?
The 1st place team advances to the National Academic WorldQuest competition to be held in Washington, DC on April 27, 2013, sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America. Participants at the national competition will enjoy a weekend of exciting activities and a discussion with a prominent speaker. These events, as well as transportation and hotel costs, will be covered for the winning team and one teacher sponsor or chaperone.

There are also awards for 2nd and 3rd place teams. All competition participants receive t-shirts.

Contact Christina Unger at the World Affairs Council by phone at 412.281.7027 or by email at

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