The goal of the World Affairs Challenge is to engage middle and high school students in global issues through research, collaborative learning, meaningful service and exciting interactive competition. This innovative academic program enhances students' knowledge of international relations and encourages them to apply their understanding of history, geography, civics, economics, cultural awareness and language to current world problems. Our mission, through this collaborative problem solving process, is to develop tomorrow’s global leaders.


The Center for Teaching International Relations (CTIR) opened in 1992 as part of what is now the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. CTIR is the coordinating body for the World Affairs Challenge, which grew from the desire of the University to develop community outreach programs.

The vision of the World Affairs Challenge is that every student will develop awareness, understanding and engage in global issues in a way that leads to positive action in the world.


  • Lead a team to the World Affairs Challenge - Register today.
  • Mentor a team by providing a few hours of your time to help students prepare for the event.
  • Judge the event - An exciting way to get a glimpse of tomorrow’s global leaders and the work they are already doing to make the world a better place.
  • Volunteer by joining the fun on the event day - help is always needed and deeply appreciated.
  • Support a team by funding their participation in WAC.
  • Partner with WAC - sponsor the event or the implementation of the teams’ solutions.

Click here to learn more about ways to get involved