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The Winter Universiade is an international sports and cultural event that is staged every two years in a different city. The event draws several thousand student-athletes together, making it the largest university winter multi-sport competition in the world.


Embracing FISU’s motto of ‘Excellence in Mind and Body,’ the Winter Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects into the sport competitions, allowing university student-athletes from around the world to celebrate high sports performance with the host city.


The eleven-day competition programme includes eight compulsory sports at each Winter Universiade. To stay on the leading edge of sport delivery and innovation, organising committees can also include up to three optional sports from the FISU Recognised Sports and World University Championships programme to include in their edition of the Winter Universiade.


In 2013, the Trentino Winter Universiade drew a record 2,668 competitors to the Italian Alps. In 2017, the Almaty Winter Universiade saw a record 57 countries compete in Kazakhstan.

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Winter UniversiadeS 

All Winter Universiades


 Lake Placid (USA)


 Lucerne (SUI) 21-31 January


 Krasnoyarsk (RUS), 2-12 March


Almaty (KAZ), 29 Jan. - 8 Feb.


 Granada (ESP), 4-14 February


 Strbske Pleso / Osrblie (SVK) 24 Jan. - 1 Feb.

Key Facts about the Winter Universiade 

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

  • 11 days of sports competitions

  • More than 2,500 participants from over 50 countries

  • 1,500 to 3,000 volunteers

  • 8 compulsory sports and up to 3 optional sports

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


Winter Universiade Sports Programme

The competition programme includes 8 compulsory sports* and up to 3 optional sports at a Winter Universiade. The compulsory sports are:

Alpine skiing
Cross-Country Skiing
Figure Skating
Ice Hockey
Short Track Speed Skating


Winter Universiade Regulations

Official Results from the Winter Universiade 

For all results from today to 2003, check out FISU's online results section.


Winter Universiade Statistics


When looking to the future, its always helpful to reflect upon the past. Take a  trip down memory lane to the memories, performances and numbers that have come to define the Winter Universiade's history through the statistics book


Organisation of the Winter Universiade 

At FISU, the Winter Universiade Department assists and oversees all operational, administrative and logistical support to ensure a successful event. The department oversees all stages of a Winter Universiade, from candidatures to competition to post-Universiade legacy development. The Winter Universiade Department serves as the central link between the different Organising Committees,  National University Sport Federations (NUSFs) and international sports federations. 


The Winter 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 Winter Universiade where transfer of knowledge is paramount.


FISU staff and Winter Universiade organisers work directly with specific FISU committees to deliver a successful event.  


Universiade Torch Relay


The Universiade Torch Relay is the ceremonial prelude to the upcoming Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade in the heart of Siberia -- and is sure to be among the most spectacular and large-scale events held in the lead-up to the world's premiere winter university sports event. 


The ignition of the FISU Flame began on the University of Turin campus in Torino, Italy — the birthplace of the modern Universiade — and has since traveled to previous WInter Universiade host cities before the domestic part of the torch relay now going on throughout Russia.


To light the flame of thousands of hearts is a notable team effort; 665 flame bearers are carrying the fire for 164 days through four countries to bring the Universiade spirit from its sporting roots to its future. Follow the Universiade Torch Relay as its carried from city to ski hill, a passing reminder to the power of sport for society and citizens alike.


To find out more and follow along with the Universiade flame as it makes its way to the Universiade Cauldron in Krasnoyarsk, check out this special page dedicated to the Universiade Torch Relay.



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Check out the next Winter Universiade - Krasnoyarsk! 


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