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Having the Summer and Winter Universiades every other year was not enough for university sport competitors and fans. With this in mind, FISU launched the World University Championship series in 1963. The first FISU World University Championship took place in Lund, Sweden as the city welcomed the best student handball players of the time. The Championships celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2013.


As single sport competitions, World University Championship events give cities and often universities the chance to host a major international sports event with a minimum cost and complexity. In 2018, 32 stand-alone World University Championship events make for a calendar full of quality competitions.


The attribution process for hosting a World University Championship event starts with a call for candidature. Candidate NUSFs are required to provide a bidding dossier examined by the FISU Executive Committee. After deliberation, World University Championship event attribution is given to the chosen NUSF and city.

Latest World University Championships News


2020 World University Championship Events

Following a year of bidding procedures and official bid presentations, FISU announced the hosts for the 30th season of World University Championships in December 2017. A total of 36 candidate cities presented dossiers for the 26 events available.


Of the events attributed, FISU welcomes three new NUSFs to the hosting family – Argentina, Morocco and Ukraine.  Events will take place in America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The 2020 series will be the inaugural year for the new cluster events – mind sports and combat spots – which combine two and six sports, respectively.


  • Cross Country, Marrakech (MAR), 7 March
  • Speed Skating, Amsterdam (NED), 10-13 March
  • Ski Orienteering, Rovaniemi (FIN), 23-27 March
  • American Football, Székesfehérvár (HUN), 4-14 June
  • Cycling, Nijmegen (NED), 10-14 June
  • Handball, Lodz (POL) 15-21 June
  • Golf, Taichung (TPE), 17-20 June
  • Beach Volleyball, Málaga (ESP), 23-27 June
  • Triathlon, Kecskemet (HUN), 27-28 June
  • Sailing, Campione del Garda (ITA), 30 June-4 July
  • Modern Pentathlon, Vila Real (POR), 7-11 July
  • Orienteering, Smolensk (RUS), 14-18 July
  • Futsal, Poznan (POL), 19-26 July
  • Squash, Shanghai (CHN), 20-26 July
  • Floorball, Koper (SLO), 4-8 August
  • Canoe Sports, Minsk (BLR), 21-23 August
  • Rowing, Zagreb (CRO), 27-29 August
  • Shooting Sport, Pilsen (CZE), 9-13 September
  • Mind Sports, Bydgoszcz (POL), 11-16 September
  • Rugby Sevens, La Plata (ARG), 17-19 September
  • Waterski and Wakeboard, Dnipro (UKR), 22-27 September
  • Cheerleading, Wonju (KOR) 24-26 September
  • Weightlifting, Gangjin (KOR), 20-24 October
  • Badminton, Bangkok (THA), 16-22 November
  • Sport Climbing, TBC, TBC
  • Combat Sports, TBC, TBC 



World University Championship Statistics

The World University Championship statistics book will be updated following the 2018 competition season.  


World University Championship Organisation

At FISU, the World University Championship Department assists and oversees all operational, administrative and logistical support to ensure the success of multiple world championship events.


The World University Championship Department oversees an event from the candidature phase to its competition. The World University Championship team serves as the link between Organising Committees, National University Sport Federations (NUSFs) and international sports federations.


The 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 World University Championship event.


The World University Championships, the sports lab of FISU

From Table Tennis to Taekwondo, the World University Championships is the gateway for new sports and formats to make their way into the Universiade. 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. It entered the FISU programme through the World University Championships and is now a featured University World Cup event. 


As the home of university sports, it’s in our DNA to collaborate with global partners to keep innovating in the ways that will shape the future of sports.

Given that the WUCs 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 World University Championships programme it can apply to become part of the Universiade compulsory sport programme.


This process enables FISU to evaluate the interest of its member associations in given sports. Judo, Table Tennis and Taekwondo most recently joined the Universiade sports programme this way. In the upcoming editions of the Universiade archery, badminton and freestyle skiing will join the compulsory Universiade programme in their respective (summer or winter) event.


World University Championships - Sports Programme

The programme of the World University Championships is subject to change and currently includes 32 sports.

In order to be as complete as possible, it includes:

  • Individual/team sports
  • Indoor/outdoor sports
  • Combat sports
  • Mind sports
  • Summer/winter sports    

Host Kazakhstan gave the home crowd something to cheer about by starting their group stage play off with a 4-3 victory over the Czech Republic in the first match of the 2018 tournament 

Hosting a 2022 World University Championship Event

The World University Championships programme has recently evolved and you will find below the list of the different events opened to candidature. Should your association be interested in organising a 2022 Championship event, please refer to the Bidding Brochure (below) and send your bidding letter of intention to the FISU World University Championships department (championships@fisu.net).

You may download these documents below:

According to the procedure in our regulations, we remind you that only a Member Association of FISU can submit a candidature dossier. All candidatures submitted to FISU are analysed by the Technical Delegate concerned and by the WUC Evaluation commission. 

For more info regarding the hosting go to the hosting page.



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2018 World University Championship EVENTS


Tartu (EST)

21-25 February 2018

 Kuala Lumpur (MAS)

14-18 March 2018

Minsk (BLR)

22-25 March 2018

 St. Gallen (SUI)

7 April 2018

Lubao Pampanga (PHI)

16-19 May 2018

Harbin (CHN)

14-24 June 2018

Bratislava (SVK)

20-23 June 2018

Lodz (POL)

26-30 June 2018

Budapest (HUN)

4-8 July 2018

Chiayi (TPE)

6-15 July 2018

Munich (GER)

9-13 July 2018

Swakopmund (NAM)

12-14 July 2018

Kuortane (FIN)

17-21 July 2018

Kobe (JPN)

19-22 July 2018

Pattaya (THA)

23-29 July 2018

Rijeka (CRO)

30 July - 5 August 2018

Braga (POR)

31 July - 4 August 2018

Macau, China (MAC)

2-5 August 2018

Shanghai (CHN)

10-12 August 2018

Szolnok, (HUN)

10-12 August 2018 

Almaty (KAZ)

19-26 August 2018

Kalmar (SWE)

1-2 September 2018

Cherbourg (FRA)

1-5 September 2018

Elista (RUS)

1-6 September 2018

Goiânia (BRA)

4-9 September 2018

Birmingham (GBR)

6-12 September 2018

Aracaju (BRA)

12-18 September 2018

Kampala (UGA)

17-21 September 2018

Biala Podlaska (POL)

20-23 September 2018

Lodz (POL)

5-6 October 2018

Kuala Lumpur (MAS)

15-21 October 2018

Xuzhou (CHN)

25-28 October 2018