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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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Lodz, POL

8th WUC Canoe Sprint

Szeged, HUN

WUC Karate 2018

Kobe (JPN)


 Lodz (POL)

14th WUC Triathlon 2018

Kalmar (SWE)

15th WUC Rowing 2018

Mar del Plata (ARG)

17th WUC Golf 2018

Dasmariñas (PHI)

2018 FISU WUC Futsal

Almaty (KAZ)


Kuortane (FIN)

24th WUC Handball 2018

Rijeka (CRO)

8th WUC Rugby Sevens 2018

Swakopmund (NAM)


Aracajú (BRA)

WUC Cycling 2018

Braga (POR)

WUC Korfball 2018

Vila Real (POR)

WUC Modern Pentathlon 2018

Budapest (HUN)

WUC Muaythai 2018

Bangkok (THA)

WUC Netball 2018

Kampala (UGA)

WUC Roller Sport 2018

Taipei City (TPE)

WUC Sailing 2018

Cherbourg (FRA)

WUC Sambo 2018

Novi Sad (SRB)

WUC Ski Orienteering 2018

Tartu (EST)

WUC Speed Skating 2018

Minsk (BLR)

WUC Sport Climbing 2018

Bratislava (SVK)

WUC Squash 2018

Birmingham (GBR)

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
  • Mind sports
  • Summer/ winter sports



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