Summer Universiade


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The Summer 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 10 compulsory sports with 13 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
  • 13 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 Organization

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 Program

The program of the Universiade currently includes 10 compulsory sports (13 compulsory disciplines) and up to 3 optional sports:


As of 2017 the list of compulsory sports will be expanded with taekwondo included into the sports programme, as well as archery in 2019. 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) and Kazan (RUS), the total number of sports has reached a peak with 24 and 27 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.

2015 Summer Universiade

Key Facts on the 2015 Summer Universiade

28th Summer Universiade 2015

A relatively small city in Asia with unknown treasures, Gwangju is getting ready to reach out to the young people of the world. The concept of the 2015 Gwangju Universiade is ‘EPIC’. EPIC symbolises Gwangju’s special history as well as its dedication to the Universiade. Standing for ‘Eco-friendliness, Peace, IT and Culture’, EPIC strives for great epic poetry filled with striking impressions and fervent passion.
These four visions are the principal concepts of the Universiade.

An indispensable aspect of modern-day sporting events is the preservation of the environment. The Gwangju Universiade has formulated a strategy that combines the reduction of costs and the preservation of the environment by minimising the number of new constructions.
Out of the 77 competition venues (42 competition venues, 35 training venues) needed during the Universiade, 97.4% will be refurbished. The competition venues for swimming and gymnastics have not met the international standards and therefore they will be the only ones newly built. The first strategy in the preparation of the Gwangju Universiade is to minimise the financial burden while enhancing economic efficiency through the implementation of eco-friendly and sustainable methods.

Gwangju is a historic city that advanced Korea’s democratisation process through the Democratisation Movement of May 18th, 1980. The spirit of Gwangju’s citizens dedicated to democracy, human rights and peace, who rose up against dictatorship, has become a model of democracy in Asia. A single inter-Korean team will be organised in the city of Gwangju where the festival of peace will unfold. The young people of South and North Korea, the only divided nation on earth, will participate as one team to leave a deep impression on people around the world and make progress for achieving peace on the Korean peninsula.

The Gwangju Universiade will be the most efficient  sporting event in terms of IT equipment since it will use the cutting-edge telecommunication technology of the Republic of Korea and the state-of-the-art photonics representing Gwangju. Details on the course of the Universiade, including the schedule and results of sports events as well as the management and information on the Universiade, will be integrated so as to be organically linked to the Internet interface and mobile information management system. The Total Integration Management System (TIMS) will be put in place, enabling service anytime, anywhere and from any device.

Korea’s representative city of art, Gwangju has welcome quite a number of renowned artists. Held since 1995 with the vision of passing on the tradition of art, the Gwangju Biennale is considered one of the world’s three major biennales. With the opening of the Asian Culture Complex in 2014, Gwangju is poised to take a quantum leap forward as the cultural hub of the world. The 2015 Gwangju Universiade will become a sports and cultural festival for university students worldwide. It will offer them the opportunity to experience the diverse culture and art of Korea, and share and enjoy the diverse culture of the world by integrating the cultural contents of the Asian Culture Complex. The Gwangju Universiade will become a cultural Universiade that is rich in culture and filled with more artistic enjoyment than any other sporting event staged to date.

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!

2019 Summer Universiade

Key Facts on the 2019 Summer Universiade

30th Summer Universiade 2019

On October 14th 2015, the Region of Campania presented to the International University Sport Federation (FISU) and the Italian University Sport Federation (CUSI) the intention to organize the attribution contract for the Universiade 2019 in the Campania Region. On February 10th 2016 the First Minister of Italy signed his support to host the Universiade 2019 in the Region of Campania;
March 5th 2016, the FISU Executive Committee, after examining the candidature dossier, accepted to attribute the organization of the XXX Universiade to the Region of Campania and CUSI.

The 30th Summer Universiade is expected to draw over 12,000 participants from 170 countries to the region. The local organizing committee announced the Universiade would consist of 18 sports, including archery, artistic gymnastics, basketball, diving, fencing, judo, rhythmic gymnastics, rugby, shooting, soccer, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo.