Winter Universiade

Winter Universiade


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.

latest Winter Universiade News

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
  • Biathlon
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Curling
  • Figure Skating
  • Ice Hockey
  • Short Track Speed Skating
  • Snowboard
  • Freestyle Skiing* (Compulsory sport, starting in 2021)

Winter Universiade Regulations

  • General Regulations
  • Technical Regulations
  • Medical Services and Doping Control Regulations
  • Sport Specific regulations are published in the FISU Sports pages

Each Winter Universiade has specific regulations. Here are the Krasnoyarsk 2019 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

Winter Universiade Organisation

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.

For more info regarding the hosting go to the hosting page

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