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The Universiade is an international sporting and cultural event which is staged every two years in a different city. It is only second to the Olympic Games. The Summer Universiade consists of 14 compulsory sports and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country. The record figures are 10,622 participants in Shenzhen, China, in 2011 and 174 countries in Daegu, Korea, in 2003.
Embracing FISU’s motto of 'Excellence in Mind and Body', the Summer Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects into 12 days of sports competitions, allowing university student-athletes from all over the world to celebrate with the host city in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship.

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All Events Summer Universiade


Napoli (ITA), 3-14/07


Taipei City (TPE), 19/8-30/8 2017


 Gwangju (KOR), 3/07 - 14/07


 Kazan (RU), 6/7 - 17/07


Shenzhen (CHN)


Belgrade (SRB)

Key facts about the Summer Universiade (SU)

  • The only summer multi-sport event in the world that connects students at both academic and athletic levels
  • 12 days of sports competitions
  • More than 9,000 student-athletes and officials from over 170 countries
  • 14 compulsory sporyts and up to 3 optional sports
  • Volunteers and participants are students, generally of the same age
  • Broadcasted by more than 100 TV channels


Summer Universiade Organisation

Within the chart of the FISU Secretariat, the Summer Universiade Department is in charge of daily administrative and logistical issues. It serves as the main link between the different Organising Committees, delegations and international sports federations.
In addition to this team, various FISU committees play very important roles in their respective areas in the management of the Summer Universiade, e.g. the Summer Universiade Supervision Committee (CSU), the International Technical Committee (CTI), the International Medical Committee (CMI), the International Control Committee (CIC), the International Press Committee (CIP), etc.


Summer Universiade Sports Programme

The programme of the Universiade currently includes 15 compulsory sports and up to 3 optional sports:


As of 2019 the list of compulsory sports will be expanded with archery included into the sports programme, as well as badminton in 2021. Optional sports vary from one Summer Universiade to another. Depending on their own interests, Organising Committees may choose from the list of the World University Championships (WUC) up to 3 optional sports to be included in their specific sports programme. For the most recent Universiades in Shenzhen (CHN), Kazan (RUS) and Gwangju (KOR) the total number of sports has reached a peak with 24, 27 and 21 sports featured respectively. In order to reduce the scale of the Universiade and more easily find future candidate cities, FISU prefers that the number of optional sports remains within a reasonable range, i.e. no more than 3.


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