FISU Events

FISU Events

As the affiliate to FISU (International Federation of University Sport),UTSNZ can take NZ student sporting talent to the world through the following events:

Summer Universiade

The Summer Universiade is a biennial, international multisport event that brings together the world best student-athletes for 12 days of intense competition. The Summer Universiade is second only to the Olympic Games in participant numbers and countries in attendance. For UTSNZ, it is the ultimate occasion to show the world the breadth of talent New Zealand student-athletes offer. The event consists of 14 compulsory sports with the host nation having the ability to select up to a further three optional sports.

All entries into the WUG are coordinated through UTSNZ. 

An interested National Sporting Organisation should complete an Expression of Interest by the June of the year before

Please contact Sarah Anderson if you wish to discuss.

The next World University Games - Summer is in Chengdu, China 18-29 August, 2021. 

Winter Universiade

The Winter Universiade is a biennial, international multisport event that brings together the world best winter sport student-athletes for 11 days of intense competition. The Winter Universiade is second only to the Winter Olympic games in participant numbers and countries in attendance in winter competition. For UTSNZ, it is a chance to grow and continue New Zealand's success in the winter sport environment and show the world that New Zealand can be as competitive on ice and snow as it can in summer sports. The event consists of eight compulsory sports with the host nation having the ability to select up to a further three optional sports.

The next Winter Universiade is in Lucerne, Switzerland 2021.

World University Championships

World University Championships (WUC) are held every two years between each Universiade.

WUC’s are elite level, single sport events with many being close in standard to U23 World Championships. Each event is hosted by a different nation throughout the course of the year and events run from April through to November.

WUC's are an opportunity for New Zealand tertiary student-athletes to excel in their sports and take on the best student-athletes in the world. 

Note, only UTSNZ can make entries to the World University Championships on behalf of New Zealand teams, athletes and officials.

If interested in sending teams/athletes to a WUC event, NSOs and/or university members must complete and submit an Expression of Interest form the year preceding the event (eg, July 2019 for a 2020 Championship) or contact UTSNZ to discuss.

UPDATE - ALL 2020 WUC HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.

University World Cups

University World Cups take place biennially in the same year as the World University Championships. The unique concept of these events is that competition isn’t between national representative teams, but rather between the best university teams internationally.

By engaging inter-varsity rivalry through the University World Cups, UTSNZ aims to engage its members and enhance the quality of university sport at a national level. 

Currently University World Cups exist in football (soccer) and 3x3 Basketball. 

eSport Events

FISU, FISU Oceania and UTSNZ are excited to announce the 2020 FISU eSports Challenge Football. The 2020 FISU eSports Challenge Football is aimed at reaching as many universities and students worldwide as possible. It has been developed by FISU in recognition that technology provides new opportunities to interact and create bonds between people and organisations sharing a common interest, as well as new solutions to maintaining activity and contributing to the goal of providing university students with multiple and varied opportunities to pursue excellence in mind and body.


For further information on the FISU International Events Programme please contact UTSNZ info@utsnz.co.nz