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The Summer Universiade is an international university sports and cultural event that is staged every two years in a different city. These games draw many thousands of student-athletes together to compete, making it one of the largest  multi-sport events in the world.


Embracing the FISU motto of ‘Today’s Stars, Tomorrow’s Leaders,’ the Summer Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects, encouraging student-athletes from around the world to combine high sports performance with their intellectual pursuits.


The twelve-day Summer Universiade competition programme includes fifteen compulsory sports. To stay on the forefront of sports development and innovation, organisers may also include up to three optional sports from the FISU Recognised Sports list and World University Championships programme into their event.


In 2003, the Daegu Summer Universiade saw a record 174 countries compete in the Republic of Korea. Ten years later, the Kazan Summer Universiade drew a record 11,759 participants to this Russian city.  

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All Events Summer Universiade


Ekaterinburg (RUS), 8-19 August 


 Chengdu (CHN), 8-19 August


Napoli (ITA), 3-14 July


Taipei City (TPE), 19-30 August


 Gwangju (KOR), 3-14 July


 Kazan (RUS), 6-17 July

latest Summer Universiade News

Napoli 2019 welcomed the world to the Summer Universiade’s 60th birthday

Sitting just south of Rome, the city of Napoli artfully combined the dynamism of university sport with the region’s rich culture and history. It was particularly fitting that an Italian city hosted the 30th edition of the Summer Universiade as the Universiade got its start six decades ago in Torino, Italy.


Check out the Summer Universiade 2019 – Napoli!



Competition Schedule at Napoli 2019 


Key Facts and Figures about the Summer Universiade

  • The largest global multi-sports event for student-athletes

  • 12 days of sports competitions

  • More than 10,000 student-athletes and officials from over 150 countries

  • 15 compulsory sports and up to 3 optional sports

  • Broadcast to more than 100 countries, drawing over 300 million viewers


Summer Universiade Department

At FISU, the Summer Universiade Department assists and oversees all operational, administrative and logistical support that ensures the success of the largest university multi-sport event in the world.


The Summer Universiade Department oversees all stages of a Summer Universiade, from candidatures to competition to post-Universiade legacy development. The Summer Universiade team serves as the link between the different organising committees, National University Sport Federations (NUSFs) and international sports federations.


The Summer Universiade team assists the FISU Executive Committee and various FISU committees as they play their very important roles in their respective areas in the management of the Summer Universiade where transfer of knowledge is paramount.


FISU staff and Summer Universiade organisers work directly with specific FISU Committees to deliver a successful event.


Summer Universiade Sports Programme

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

Artistic Gymnastics
Rhythmic Gymnastics
Table Tennis
Water Polo


In 2019, the list of compulsory sports was expanded as Archery became part of the programme. In 2021, Badminton also becomes a compulsory sport. Summer Universiade hosts may request that optional sports be included into their edition of the event.


Depending on an Organising Committee's interests, they may choose up to three optional sports for inclusion into their Summer Universiade. These sports must come from the list of the World University Championships (WUC) sports programme. For the more 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 three.


Summer Universiade Statistics

The Summer Universiade statistics book is currently being updated to include results and information from the Gwangju 2015 and Taipei 2017 Summer Universiades.  















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