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The World University Championships (WUC) are part of the sporting events of the International University Sports Federation. Alternating with the Summer and Winter Universiades, they are organised every even-numbered year. The first FISU World University Championship was organised in the city of Lund (SWE) in 1963 and welcomed the best student handball players of the time. 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the World University Championships, withe celebrations throughout the year.
Unlike the Universiade, the World University Championships are single sport events, the organisation of which is delegated to a National University Sports Federation (NUSF), and then to a city and an Organising Committee. Organising a World University Championship gives a city, and often a university, a chance to host an international major sporting event without being a big and rich city. The attribution process of the FISU WUCs starts with a call for candidature. Candidate NUSFs are required to provide a bidding dossier examined by the FISU Executive Committee, which after deliberation attributes the WUC to the chosen NUSF and city.

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Next World University Championships EVENTS


Tartu (EST)


 Kuala Lumpur (MAS)


Minsk (BLR)


 St. Gallen (SUI)


Lubao Pampanga (PHI)


Harbin (CHN)


Bratislava (SVK)


Lodz (POL)


Budapest (HUN)


Chiayi (TPE)


Munich (GER)


Swakopmund (NAM)


Kuortane (FIN)


Kobe (JPN)


Pattaya (THA)


Rijeka (CRO)


Braga (POR)


Macau, China (MAC)


Shanghai (CHN)


Almaty (KAZ)


Kalmar (SWE)


Cherbourg (FRA)


Elista (RUS)


Goiânia (BRA)


Birmingham (GBR)


Aracaju (BRA)


Szeged, (HUN)


Kampala (UGA)


Biala Podlaska (POL)


Taipei City (TPE)


Lodz, (POL)


Kuala Lumpur (MAS)


Xuzhou (CHN)


Novi Sad (SRB)


Goiania (BRA)


2020 Events

Please note that we are currently in the bidding period for the 2020 FISU World University Championships. The World University Championships programme has recently evolved and you will find below the list of the different events opened to candidature. Should your association be interested in organising a 2020 Championship event, please refer to the Bidding Brochure (below) and send your bidding letter of intention to the FISU World University Championships department (


You maydownload  the documents below :

Opening of the bidding period - WUC 2020

2020 FISU WUC - Bidding Brochure



According to the procedure in our regulations, we remind you that only a Member Association of FISU can submit a candidature dossier. Any candidature submitted to FISU with all completed documents until 29 September 2017, at the latest, will be analysed by the Technical Delegate concerned and by the WUC Evaluation commission.


2020 FISU WUC sports list
American Football; Baseball & Softball; Beach Volleyball; Canoe Sports; Cheerleading; Combat Sports; Cross Country; Cycling; Equestrian; Floorball; Futsal; Golf; Handball; Mind Sports; Modern Pentathlon; Orienteering
Rowing; Rugby Sevens; Sailing; Shooting Sport; Ski Orienteering; Speed Skating ; Sport Climbing; Squash
Triathlon; Waterski; Weightlifting



WUC Organisation

Within the FISU chart, the World University Championship Department is in charge of all administrative and logistical issues. It serves as a link between the different Organising Committees, delegations and international sports federation. 

In addition of this team, an International Technical Committee (CTI), composed of technical experts for each sport, is in charge of assisting and following up all the technical sport-related matters.


The World University Championships, the sports lab of FISU

According to FISU's way of working, the World University Championships are the gateway to its sports programme. Indeed, the integration of a sport into a FISU event is made through the World University Championships programme, following a specific procedure. This enables FISU to experiment and implement new activities. In 2012 netball is on the FISU sports programme for the first time, offering top student-players the opportunity to take part in a worldwide tournament. Given that the WUCs take place every two years, FISU can evaluate the popularity and evolution of sports, and contribute to the development of some practices. As an example, from 2012 FISU is a key partner of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in the development and promotion of a new discipline: basketball 3x3.
After a sport has been steadily included into the World University Championships programme, it can apply to become part of the Universiade programme. This process enables FISU to evaluate the interest of its member associations in given sports, as was the case with judo, table tennis and more recently taekwondo.


WUC Sports programme

The programme of the World University Championships is subject to change and currently includes 37 sports.

In order to be as complete as possible, it includes:

  • Individual/ team sports
  • Indoor/ outdoor sports
  • Combat sports
  • Mind sports
  • Summer/ winter sports



For more info regarding the hosting go to the hosting page



You may contact the FISU World University Championships Department through different channels: