University sports deserve the crowning of an international champion every year

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 to take place during the even-numbered years between Universiades. 

As single sport competitions, these World University Championships gives 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 calendar overflowing with quality competitions. 

2018 World University Championship Calendar

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Open Call for Championship Hosts

So you might be thinking, "This all sounds so great. How do I get my city or association involved?" Well, the bidding period for 2020 Championship hosts is now open. If you’re intrigued by organising a 2020 Championship event, check out the Bidding Brochure below. Just don’t forget to send a bidding letter of intent to the FISU World University Championship department at: [email protected].

2020 FISU WUC Bidding Brochure

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The World University Championships, FISU’s Sport Innovation Lab

From judo to table tennis to most recently 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 to develop and promote a new discipline: 3x3 basketball, is recent example. Since collaborating together 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 sport in the world.

As the home of university sports, its in our day-to-day live to collaborate with global partners to keep innovating in the ways that will shape the future of sports.

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We Want to Hear From You!

The FISU World University Championships team want to hear from you. Try us on one of these channels:

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: FISU World University Championships

Web: fisu.net/World University Championships

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Next World University Championship Events


Aracaju (BRA)

12/09-18/09/2018


Tartu (EST)

21/02-25/02/2018


 Kuala Lumpur (MAS)

14/03-18/03/2018


Minsk (BLR)

22/03-25/03/2018


 St. Gallen (SUI)

07/04/2018


Jakarta (INA)

8/05-15/05/2018


Dasmariñas (PHI)

16/05-19/05/2018


Braga (POR)

30/05-03/06/2018


Harbin (CHN)

14/06-24/06/2018


Bratislava (SVK)

20/06-23/06/2018


Lodz (POL)

26/06-30/06/2018


Budapest (HUN)

04/07-08/07/2018


Chiayi (TPE)

06/07-15/07/2018


Munich (GER)

09/07-13/07/2018


Swakopmund (NAM)

12/07-14/07/2018


Kuortane (FIN)

17/07-21/07/2018


Kobe (JPN)

19/07-22/07/2018


Pattaya (THA)

23/07-29/07/2018


Rijeka (CRO)

30/07-05/08/2018


Vila Real (POR)

08/08-12/08/2018


Almaty (KAZ)

19/08-26/08


Kalmar (SWE)

01/09/2018


Cherbourg (FRA)

01/09-10/09/2018


Elista (RUS)

02/09-07/09/2018


Goiânia (BRA)

05/09-09/09


Birmingham (GBR)

06/09-12/09/2018


Szeged, (HUN)

13/09-16/09/2018


Kampala (UGA)

17/09-21/09/2018


Biala Podlaska (POL)

20/09-23/09/2018


Taipei City (TPE)

01/10-07/10/2018


Lodz, (POL)

05/10-06/10/2018


Kuala Lumpur (MAS)

15/10-21/10/2018


Xuzhou (CHN)

25/10-28/10/2018


Novi Sad (SRB)

07/12-09/12/2018