Represent NZ

International Events 

International Representation

UTSNZ facilitates numerous opportunities for members and NZ student athletes to be represent on the international stage. These include:

  • NZ teams at the Summer and Winter Universiades

  • NZ teams at World University Championships

  • Individual university representation at University World Cups

  • Other 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 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 beforePlease contact Sarah Anderson if you wish to discuss.

The next World University Games is in Chengdu, China in 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.

World University Championships 

The World University Championships are held every two years between each Universiade. They are single sport events where the organisation of which is delegated to a National University Sports Federation (NUSF) and then to a city and associated organising committee.

For UTSNZ World University Championships are an opportunity for the New Zealand tertiary student-athletes to excel in their sports and take on the best student-athletes in the world. 

See full 2020 WUC Events Programme here.


University World Cups

The University World Cups are a sport property of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). 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. 

    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:

    • 15 January 2020 for Championships in March - June 2020
    • 15 March 2020 for Championships in July - August 2020
    • 15 June 2020 for Championships in September - November 2020

    More details:

  • Flyer
  • Information sheet
  • Application form