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Summer Universiade



The Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city. It is only second to the Olympic Games. The Summer Universiade consists of 11 compulsory sports with 14 compulsory disciplines and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country. The record figures are 10,622 participants in Shenzhen, China, in 2011 and 174 countries in Daegu, Korea, in 2003.
Embracing FISU’s motto of 'Excellence in Mind and Body', the Summer Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects into 12 days of sports competitions, allowing university student-athletes from all over the world to celebrate with the host city in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship.


Key facts about the Summer Universiade (SU)

  • The only summer multi-sport event in the world that connects students at both academic and athletic levels
  • 12 days of sports competitions
  • More than 9,000 student-athletes and officials from over 170 countries
  • 14 compulsory disciplines and up to 3 optional sports
  • Volunteers and participants are students, generally of the same age
  • Broadcasted by more than 100 TV channels


Summer Universiade Organisation

Within the chart of the FISU Secretariat, the Summer Universiade Department is in charge of daily administrative and logistical issues. It serves as the main link between the different Organising Committees, delegations and international sports federations.
In addition to this team, various FISU committees play very important roles in their respective areas in the management of the Summer Universiade, e.g. the Summer Universiade Supervision Committee (CSU), the International Technical Committee (CTI), the International Medical Committee (CMI), the International Control Committee (CIC), the International Press Committee (CIP), etc.


Summer Universiade Sports Programme

The programme of the Universiade currently includes 11 compulsory sports (14 compulsory disciplines) and up to 3 optional sports:


As of 2019 the list of compulsory sports will be expanded with archery included into the sports programme, as well as badminton in 2021. Optional sports vary from one Summer Universiade to another. Depending on their own interests, Organising Committees may choose from the list of the World University Championships (WUC) up to 3 optional sports to be included in their specific sports programme. For the most recent Universiades in Shenzhen (CHN), Kazan (RUS) and Gwangju (KOR) the total number of sports has reached a peak with 24, 27 and 21 sports featured respectively. In order to reduce the scale of the Universiade and more easily find future candidate cities, FISU prefers that the number of optional sports remains within a reasonable range, i.e. no more than 3.



For more information, please contact the SU Department at summer.universiade@fisu.net.


2017 Summer Universiade

Key Facts on the 2017 Summer Universiade

29th Summer Universiade 2017

Located in northern Taiwan in the heart of the Asia-Pacific region, Taipei is a vibrant and strategically important economic and cultural centre. The city encompasses a total area of 272 square kilometres and has a population of 2.63 million people. It is well served by international and domestic transportation links, also renowned for its warm hospitality and an abundance of natural and cultural offerings. This metropolis has also been praised for its ability to innovate, leverage resources and catalyse new projects.


Taipei boasts a plenitude of recreational venues and performance organisations, offering a corresponding wealth of cultural events, more than anywhere else in Taiwan. Countless musical, theatre, and dance performances take place each year in the city - a veritable feast of culture for Taipei's people. The National Palace Museum and the National Museum of History frequently have world-class art exhibitions which draw throngs of people to gaze on this profusion of beauty. This city also offers a wide range of other diversions - shopping malls, nightclubs, live-music bars, quality hotels and exotic restaurants. With the wealth of interesting and fun activities available in Taipei, and its warm hospitality, visitors are certain to have an unforgettable experience in this remarkable city.


Taipei is an ideal city for ensuring great success of any international athletic competition, and we take pride in our state-of-the-art sports facilities and advanced IT infrastructure. In addition, it is a city with extensive experience in hosting and organising large-scale international events such as the 2009 Deaflympics, the 2010 International Flora Exposition and the 2011 International Design Alliance (IDA) Congress. The success of these events demonstrates its ability to host another successful Summer Universiade in 2017. Attributed the organising right of the 2017 Summer Universiade in November 2011, Taipei has started the preparation in every aspect for 14+3 sports in more than 70 venues. The master plan and re-evaluation of venue allocation are the main task for the year 2012 and consecutive marketing strategy will be conducted to globally promote the Taipei Universiade as well as FISU. With the full support of the central government, as well as close cooperation with the concerned national sports federation and the Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation, Taipei city is ready!


2015 Summer Universiade

Key Facts on the 2015 Summer Universiade

28th Summer Universiade 2015




2013 Summer Universiade

  • Dates: July 6th to 17th, 2013
  • City: Kazan, Russian Federation




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