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Hosting FISU events

Embracing FISU’s motto of “Excellence in Mind and Body,” FISU events bring together sport and academia. Much more than a traditional sporting competition, FISU’s flagship event, the FISU World University Games, incorporates educational and cultural aspects. It allows university student-athletes worldwide to celebrate with the host city in the true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship.


FISU events are a unique opportunity to provide practical development opportunities and experiences for all your city’s students. Hosting a FISU event will position your city as a new destination for young people to study, visit and work, generate revenues and boost your international sporting profile. Make the smartest choice and bring a FISU event to your city!


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Flagship FISU events


Since it’s founding in 1949, FISU has been the world’s uniting force for university sport. As the international federation of university sport, FISU represents 180 million students across 40,000 universities. FISU flagship events are the summer and winter editions of the FISU World University Games. These events draw several thousand student-athletes together, making them the largest university multi-sport competitions in the world.  To find out more information on FISU’s flagship events, see:

In addition to the FISU World University Games, the federation organises the FISU World University Championships on a biennial basis with sports not featured during the FISU World University Games.  To find out more information on hosting a stand-alone championship event, check out:



Benefits to your city for hosting the FISU World University Games

Bring unique opportunities to your students


Provide a great practical experience platform for your youth

The FISU World University Games is a unique major event that offers the host city’s students the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice. Whether as a staff member or volunteer of the local organising committee, the event needs students from all backgrounds to deliver a great event. With experienced FISU staff available to assist, the FISU World University Games offer local students unique work experience and career development opportunities in an international environment.



“The 2017 Summer Universiade has already been fantastic for our employed and volunteering students. This unique national project gives them practical expertise in various fields that until now they have learned only in theory. In addition, they gain international experience and cultural awareness from working with FISU, Taipei Organizing Committee, the international delegations and athletes here at 2017 Taipei Universiade.” - Li-chiung Su, CEO, Taipei 2017



Become a new destination for youth

Position your city as a new place for young people to study, visit and work

The student-athletes of today are the future leaders of tomorrow and hosting a FISU World University Games will bring them together in your city. Competing student-athletes will create memories for life in your city, setting them up to be lifelong city ambassadors who will come back to revisit their unique FISU World University Games experience. The worldwide promotion of the event also allows reaching out to students all over the world and showcase the best your city has to offer.



“Competing in Gwangju for the 2015 Universiade was an experience I will never forget. The city really surprised me and I enjoyed getting to know the Korean volunteers some of whom became friends. I will go back to Gwangju one day, that’s for sure” - Participating athlete, Gwangju 2015 Summer Universiade.


Benefit from Revenues

Generate income by welcoming thousands of guests to the event

With athletes paying a daily fee to the organisers, and with the participants and a worldwide audience attending, there will be thousands of people spending and consuming goods within the host city region. The worldwide promotion of the FISU World University Games, through a wide range of media and marketing rights, can assist in opening new markets and increasing international visibility for your city.


For the Gwangju 2015 Summer Universiade, more than EUR 304 million was spent in the Honam region directly related to the event. As the Gwangju Metropolitan City contributed EUR 277 million, the generated economic impact of the Universiade was EUR 180 million for the Honam region. Economic Impact Report carried out by AISTS – the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology – December 2015.


Boost your profile as a major international sports city

Showcase your abilities and connect with the world of international sports

Hosting one of the biggest multi-sport events in the world can greatly help cities with sports ambitions to showcase their true capabilities. Hosting a FISU World University Games will give your city strong visibility among members of the international sports community and the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships.



“The Universiade became a dignified preface for the Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi and will be an example for the organisation and holding both the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and the Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade.” – Igor Shuvalov Chairman of the Organising Committee. First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation – Kazan 2013



Host city requirements for the FISU World University Games

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Organising the Summer or Winter edition of the FISU World University Games is a joint effort between the host city, local organising committee, and FISU.


Revenue generating rights of the OC

For the organising rights fee, the OC receives revenue-generating rights and receives 100% income from:

  • National television broadcast

  • National media (including web and mobile rights)

  • National and international marketing including all advertising and promotion of goods and/or services outside of the FISU Protected Categories

  • National and international sponsorship generated by the Organiser in any category (commercial sector/ local and regional government)

  • Value in-kind sponsorship

  • Ticket sales



FISU support provided to the OC

FISU allocates the organising rights fee to deliver and cover a series of services, including:

  • Access to FISU's Games-time knowledge and know-how services, including full-time support from FISU staff

  • Provision of external consultancy on Technology and TV broadcasting

  • Provision of information and guidelines for all manuals and publications

  • Assistance with establishing and reinforcing the relationship between the OC and International Sports Federations


OC Obligations 

The main obligations of the OC include:

  • To cover accommodation/board (student-level) for all athletes, coaches, supporting staff and officials attending the FISU World University Games. The participating nations will pay up to € 75 per person and per day.

  • To cover all on-site technical/organisational costs related to the staging of the FISU World University Games

  • To run the operations of the competition under the supervision of FISU in accordance with the FISU guidelines and requirements

  • To provide a clean international television signal for FISU international broadcasting use




 Application Process

The application process for hosting FISU events is characterised by its collaborative approach. FISU, the potential host city and the member association work together to create the best possible bid.


Most recent processes 

2022 - 2024 FISU World University Championships


December 2019

  • Official attribution of the 2022 and 2024 FISU World University Championships took place in December 2019. Most, but not all, event attributions took place. Here is the up-to-date list of attributions




For any inquiries regarding hosting FISU events, please contact:

  • Eric Saintrond, FISU Secretary General & CEO


  • Paulo Ferreira, FISU Director General