Represent NZ

UTSNZ is the New Zealand affiliate of the International University Sports Federation (FISU).  

This allows university athletes to represent NZ at the World University Games and individual sports’ World University Championships.

The UTSNZ National Tertiary Championship events are a pathway for competitors to be selected for international honours.

NSOs can also nominate elite student athletes for  competition where no national UTSNZ selection event exists in that sport.

International 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:

The World University Games is held by FISU every two years. The Games, also known as the Summer Universiade, draw many thousands of student-athletes together to compete under their nation's banner, making it one of the largest multi-sport events in the world (second only to the Olympic Games). In 2017 in Taipei for example, 10,000+ athletes and officials took part and over 130 countries were represented.

** Calling for Expressions of Interest in the 2019 Summer Universiade **

UTSNZ will again be facilitating entry of New Zealand’s top student-athletes in this competition (also known as the World University Games) to be held in Napoli, Italy.

The 2019 sports include; Archery, Artistic Gymnastics, Athletics, Basketball, Diving, Fencing, Football, Judo, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball, Waterpolo, Rugby 7’s, Sailing and Shooting Sport. Specific event categories can be found here.

All entries into the WUG are coordinated through UTSNZ. An interested National Sporting Organisation should complete the Expression of Interest and return to UTSNZ by Fri 29 June 2018. Please contact Sarah Anderson if you wish to discuss.


Winter Universiades

  • 2021 Universiade – 21-31 January, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 2019 Universiade – 2-12 March, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
  • 2017 Universiade – 29 Jan-8 Feb, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • World University Championships (2018 and 2020)

    Over 30 Championship events are held in various destinations. From Badminton and Beach Volleyball to Triathlon and Wrestling, there are a number of sports being contested by top student-athletes from around the globe. The Championships are held every two years and students represent their country at this level. 

    In 2018, New Zealand will be represented at the World University Championships in Beach Volleyball, Orienteering, Karate, Muaythai, Rowing, Futsal, Wrestling, Squash and 3x3 Basketball. 

    World University Leagues

    In a new pathway format, FISU Leagues allow student-athletes to compete for their university teams rather than for national teams at an international level. This is currently operating for 3x3 Basketball, Football and Sevens codes.

    Eligibility criteria 

    FISU and UTSNZ International Eligibility Requirements can be found here.

    In addition to FISU and UTSNZ requirements, NZ national sporting organisations (NSO) will have their own selection criteria for international world university events.

    It is important for individuals to note that while the entry goes through UTSNZ, it must be endorsed by the relevant NSO.

    For World University Championships, NSOs can complete and submit an Expression of Interest form by the July of the preceding year (eg, July 2019 for a 2020 Championship).

    For queries, please contact us.

    Volunteering opportunities 

    New Zealand university students can apply to be a volunteer at the FISU World University Championships. FISU will cover their accommodation, local transport and full board. It is a unique global experience a student can put on their cv, and allows them to make contacts in the international sport community. The Championship events occur every two years. A complete list of sports played are here

    The application deadlines are:

  • the end of June 2018 for those events taking place between September-December 2018
  • the end of November 2019 for those events taking place between January-April 2020
  • the end of February 2020 for those events taking place between May-August 2020 
  • More details:

  • Flyer
  • Information sheet
  • Application form