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Having the summer and winter editions of the FISU World University Games every other year was not enough for university sports enthusiasts and competitors. With this in mind, the International University Sports Federation launched the FISU World University Championships in 1963, with Lund, Sweden hosting the Handball event. Today, the Championships season takes place during every even-numbered year, thus filling the gap in the international university sports calendar between the two FISU World University Games events.


The FISU World University Championships are either single sport or small cluster events, and thus they give cities and often universities the chance to host a major international sports event with minimum cost and complexity. In 2018, 32 stand-alone FISU World University Championships made for a calendar full of quality competitions.

2022 FISU World University Championships

All events


London Ontario (CAN)

13 - 15 July 2023


Buenos Aires (ARG)

21-25 Sep 2022


Antwerp (BEL)

12-17 Sep 2022


Maceio (BRA)

10-11 Sep 2022


Bydgoszcz (POL)

9-11 Sep 2022


Lake Placid (USA)

24-28 August 2022


Minsk (BLR)

24-27 Aug 2022



Magglingen – Biel/Bienne

17-21 Aug 2022


Torino (ITA)

20 - 23 July 2022


Shanghai (CHN)

18-24 Jul 2022


Innsbruck (AUT)
14-17 Jun 2022


New Giza (EGY)

9-15 June 2022


Aveiro (POR)

12 March 2022


Lake Placid (USA)
2-5 Mar 2022


Jachymov (CZE)
22-26 Feb 2022









2020 FISU World University Championships

The 2020 season plan was to host 29 FISU World University Championships for student-athletes. However, the COVID-19 pandemic had something to say about global sports events taking place. Before the lockdown hit, though, Studentensport Nederland, local organisers and the city of Amsterdam were able to hold the Speed Skating event.


After that, the University Sport Movement managed to keep a strong virtual presence during the pandemic and united online. Following the success of these virtual event formats, the FISU World University Championships in Mind Sports will take place with an online edition in late October.


The geographical spread of the FISUWorld University Championships includes events in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. In 2020, FISU welcomed three new National University Sports Federations to the successful bid candidature family with Argentina awarded Rugby Sevens, Morocco for Cross-Country Running, and Ukraine for the Waterski and Wakeboard event.


The 2020 series will be the inaugural year for aforementioned FISU World University Championship Mind Sports cluster combines Bridge and Chess together in one event for the very first time. Wakeboard was also slated for its first turn on the FISU events programme. While the Waterski championships have been held before, this was supposed to be the first year where the Wakeboard discipline was to join the FISU World University Championships events programme. 


Organising a FISU World University Championship

The attribution process for hosting a FISU World University Championship starts with a call for candidature. Prospective National University Sports Federations are required to provide a bidding dossier that is accessed by the FISU Executive Committee. After deliberation, a World University Championship event is attributed to the chosen FISU Member Association and city.


At FISU, the World University Championship Department assists and oversees all operational, administrative and logistical elements to ensure the success of the world championship events. The Department oversees the event right from the candidature phase to competition. The team serves as the link between Organising Committees, National University Sport Federations (NUSFs) and International Federations of the relevant sports.


The FISU 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 of a FISU World University Championship event.


The FISU World University Championships, the sports lab of FISU

WUC Beach Volleyball

From table tennis to taekwondo, the FISU World University Championships are the gateway for new sports and formats to make their way into the FISU World University Games. This allows FISU to experiment with International Sport Federations to enhance sports delivery and innovation.


FISU’s partnership with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to develop and promote a new discipline such as 3x3 Basketball is one recent example.


Since collaborating with FIBA to make Basketball a more versatile sport, the 3x3 format is now the undisputed game of choice on courts all over the globe and is the number one urban team sport in the world.


Mixed Team Archery, a competition format first tested and developed at FISU’s World University Championships in 2006, will join 3x3 Basketball for its Olympic Games debut during Tokyo 2020. As the home of university sports, it is in our DNA to collaborate with global partners to keep innovating in the ways that will shape the future of sports.



Given that Championships take place every two years, FISU can evaluate the popularity and evolution of sports, and contribute to their development. After a sport has been steadily included into the FISU World University Championships programme it can apply to become part of the FISU World University Games sports programme.


The Sports Programme at the FISU World University Championships

The FISU World University Championships event programme is subject to change and currently includes 32 sports. In order to best serve the university sports community, the FISU World University Championships biennial events programme includes individual and team sports, indoor and outdoor sports, combat sports, mind sports throughout the winter and summer.   


Hosting a FISU World University Championship Event


Many, but not all, of the FISU World University Championships for 2022 and 2024 have recently been attributed. Should your association be interested in organising a future Championship event, please refer to the Bid City Brochure and send the Bid City Letter of Intention to the FISU World University Championships Department.

The official documents are available for download below:


Following FISU regulations,  only a FISU Member Association can submit a candidature dossier. FISU then evaluates the dossier with the input of the applicable International Technical Official and the FISU World University Championship Evaluation Commission.


For more info regarding holding FISU World University Championship event,  check out the hosting page.


Event Statistics

WUC Statistics Book

“The past is prologue,” William Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest. Sports holds true to this script, and for more than just taking a trip down memory lane to the performances and numbers that have come to define the editions of the FISU World University Championship events. For those looking to recognize trends and patterns from FISU’s biennial standalone sporting events that have a history stretching back to the early 1960s, look no further than the 2018 FISU World University Championship Statistics Book.



Want to contact the  FISU World University Championships Department? Here's how:

  • FISU World University Championship email