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, 35 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?" The bidding period for 2022 Championship hosts begins in July 2018 and stays open through to August 2019.. If you’re intrigued by organising a 2022 Championship event, check out the Bidding Brochure below. Just don’t forget to send a hosting letter of intent to the FISU World University Championship department at: [email protected].

FISU WUC Hosting Brochure

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The World University Championships, FISU’s Sport Innovation Lab

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.

Mixed team archery, a competition format first tested and developed at FISU’s World University Championships in 2006, will join 3x3 Basketball for its Olympic Games debut during Tokyo 2020.

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.

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We Want to Hear From You!

The FISU World University Championships team wants 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


Macau, China (MAC)

2/08-5/08/2018


Dasmariñas (PHI)

16/05-19/05/2018


Braga (POR)

31/07-04/08/2018


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


Almaty (KAZ)

19/08-26/08


Kalmar (SWE)

01/08-02/08/2018


Shanghai (CHN)

10/08-12/08/2018


Cherbourg (FRA)

01/09-05/09/2018


Elista (RUS)

02/09-07/09/2018


Goiânia (BRA)

04/09-09/09/2018


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