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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 Championships

In the 2020 season, 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.


Marrakech (MAR)
07 Mar 2020


Amsterdam (NED)

10-13 Mar 2020 


Rovaniemi (FIN)
23-27 Mar 2020


Székesfehérvár (HUN)
04-14 Jun 2020


Nijmegen (NED)

10-14 Jun 2020


Lodz (POL)
15-21 Jun 2020


Taichung (TPE)

17-20 Jun 2020


Málaga (ESP)

23-27 Jun 2020


Koper (SLO)

24-28 Jun 2020


Kecskemet (HUN)

27-28 Jun 2020


Campione del Garda (ITA)

30 Jun - 04 Jul 2020


Liaoyang (CHN)

11-14 Jul 2020


Smolensk (RUS)

14-18 Jul 2020


Shanghai (CHN)

17-23 Jul 2020


Poznan (POL)

19-26 Jul 2020


Nur-Sultan (KAZ)

17-23 Aug 2020


Minsk (BLR)

21-23 Aug 2020


Zagreb (CRO)

27-29 Aug 2020



Pilsen (CZE)

09-13 Sep 2020


Bydgoszcz (POL)

11-16 Sep 2020


La Plata (ARG)

17-19 Sep 2020


Torino (ITA)

17-20 Sep 2020


Dnipro (UKR)

24-27 Sep 2020


Wonju (KOR)

24-26 Sep 2020


Katowice (POL)

10-15 Oct 2020


Gangjin (KOR)

20-24 Oct 2020


Nizhny Novgorod (RUS)

27 Oct - 01 Nov 2020


Brasilia (BRA)

05-08 Nov 2020


Bangkok (THA)

16-22 Nov 2020


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 or 2024 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 or 2024 Championship event, please refer to the Bid City Brochure (below) and send your 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.



You may contact the FISU World University Championships Department through different channels: