What is Academic WorldQuest?

Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) is a national academic competition that challenges students’ knowledge of international affairs in a fun and engaging way. In teams of four, high school students work together to answer 10 rounds of 10 multiple choice questions on critical global issues.

While in Missoula, competitors also participate in two full days of global events. This year, Ambassador Max Baucus will give his keynote “State of the World” address, while a panel of international students from the University of Montana discuss their different cultures. AWQ students also collaborate in small groups as they work together to solve a “Global Team Challenge.” 

2018 Academic WorldQuest: Monday, March 5th and Tuesday, March 6th

State champions have the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to represent Montana at the National AWQ Competition. While in Washington, teams are exposed to a variety of unique experiences, such as dinner at an embassy and a tour of the State Department. This exciting program is generously sponsored by The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. In addition, AWQ provides students from the winning team with a $1,000 scholarship to the University of Montana, courtesy of the University President’s Office.

ASEAN at 50
Saudi Arabia
Cyber Security
Current Events
Great Decisions
America’s Diplomats
The Peacebuilding Toolkit
Combatting Climate Change
India’s Bid for Global Power

Academic WorldQuest prepares students to face the growing challenges they may face in an increasingly global, yet interconnected world.  It is our hope that by participating in AWQ, Montana students are provided with a greater sense of what is going on in the world and what may be possible on the global stage while demonstrating that we are all part of something larger. This program is more than a competition; it is an opportunity to engage students from across Montana, in conversations and engaging analysis of international affairs and responsible global citizenship.


Although it is now the Council’s largest education program, AWQ began in 2005 with only three teams and has grown to include almost 70 teams from around the state. Over the years, teams have traveled to Missoula from all corners of Montana, including Libby, Lodge Pole, St. Regis, Gardiner, Billings, Wolf Point, Lincoln, and Noxon, to participate in the competition.

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Hotel information:

Econo Lodge: 4953 N Reserve St, Missoula, MT 59808

(406) 542-7550


Broadway Inn: 1609 W Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59808

(406) 532-3300


Teachers: interested in bringing a team?
Contact us today at info@montanaworldaffairs.org.

All registration forms due February 9th, 2018.