World University Championships

World University Championships

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 50 th 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, 33 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

Next World University Championships EVENTS

21-25 February 2018

Kuala Lumpur (MAS)

14-18 March 2018

22-25 March 2018

Lubao Pampanga (PHI)

30 July – 5 August 2018

31 July – 4 August 2018

Macau, China (MAC)

10-12 August 2018

10-12 August 2018

19-26 August 2018

1-2 September 2018

1-5 September 2018

1-6 September 2018

4-9 September 2018

6-12 September 2018

12-18 September 2018

17-21 September 2018

Biala Podlaska (POL)

20-23 September 2018

5-6 October 2018

Kuala Lumpur (MAS)

15-21 October 2018

25-28 October 2018

7-9 December 2018

2020 World University Championship Events

Following a year of bidding procedures and official bid presentations, FISU announced the hosts for the 30 th 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.

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.

World University Championship Statistics

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 3×3 Basketball is one recent example. Since collaborating with FIBA to make basketball a more versatile sport, the 3×3 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.

Mixed team archery, a competition format first tested and developed at FISU’s World University Championships in 2006, will join 3×3 Basketball for its Olympic Games debut at Tokyo 2020.

The archery mixed team was first tested and later developed in FISU’s World University Championships, starting in 2006. Now the event joins the Summer Olympic event programme, starting at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

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 34 sports.

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

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

One year after hosting the 28th Winter Universiade, Almaty will hold the 2018 FISU World University Futsal Championships

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 (

You may download these documents below:

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

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

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