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The Universiade is an International multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The name is a combination of the words "University" and "Olympiad". The Universiade is often referred to in English as the World University Games or World Student Games; however, this latter term can also refer to competitions for sub-University grades students, as well.


World Student Games (Pre-Universiade)

An "International Universities Championship" was held in 1923 under the auspices of the Union Nationale des Étudiants Français (UNEF). Official "Summer Student World Championships" were organised by the Confédération Internationale des Étudiants (CIE) from 1924 and were renamed "International University Games" in 1930. From 1949 onwards a biennial "Summer International University Sports Week" was organised by the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) and became the "World University Games" in 1957. The event was first officially entitled "Universiade" in 1959. Alternative championships were organised in 1939 and by the Union Internationale des Étudiants (UIE) from 1947-1962. Women's events were first held in 1930.



World Student Games (UIE)

The first official World Student Games were organised in 1924 and were held under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) from 1949. An alternative event was organised by the Union Internationale des Étudiants (UIE) from 1947-1962, including one unofficial Games in 1954.


Locations of Universiades

The table below gives an overview of all host cities of both the Summer and Winter Universiades. Only actual host cities are listed.

Year Games Summer Universiade Games Winter Universiade
1959 I Turin,  Italy
1960 I Chamonix,  France (3)
1961 II Sofia,  Bulgaria
1962 II Villars,  Switzerland
1963 III Porto Alegre,  Brazil
1964 III Špindlerův Mlýn,  Czechoslovakia
1965 IV Budapest,  Hungary
1966 IV Sestriere,  Italy
1967 V Tokyo,  Japan
1968 V Innsbruck,  Austria
1970 VI Turin,  Italy VI Rovaniemi,  Finland
1972 VII Lake Placid,  United States
1973 VII Moscow,  Soviet Union
1975 VIII Rome,  Italy VIII Livigno,  Italy
1977 IX Sofia,  Bulgaria
1978 IX Špindlerův Mlýn,  Czechoslovakia
1979 X Mexico City,  Mexico
1981 XI Bucharest,  Romania X Jaca,  Spain
1983 XII Edmonton, Alberta,  Canada XI Sofia,  Bulgaria
1985 XIII Kobe,  Japan XII Belluno,  Italy
1987 XIV Zagreb,  Yugoslavia XIII Štrbské Pleso,  Czechoslovakia
1989 XV Duisburg,  West Germany XIV Sofia,  Bulgaria
1991 XVI Sheffield,  United Kingdom XV Sapporo,  Japan
1993 XVII Buffalo,  United States XVI Zakopane,  Poland
1995 XVIII Fukuoka,  Japan XVII Jaca,  Spain
1997 XIX Sicily,  Italy XVIII Muju,  South Korea
1999 XX Palma de Mallorca,  Spain XIX Poprad Tatry,  Slovakia
2001 XXI Beijing,  China XX Zakopane,  Poland
2003 XXII Daegu,  South Korea XXI Tarvisio,  Italy
2005 XXIII İzmir,  Turkey XXII Innsbruck / Seefeld,  Austria
2007 XXIV Bangkok,  Thailand XXIII Turin,  Italy
2009 XXV Belgrade,  Serbia XXIV Harbin,  China
2011 XXVI Shenzhen,  China XXV Erzurum,  Turkey
2013 XXVII Kazan,  Russia XXVI Maribor,  Slovenia
2015 XXVIII Gwangju,  South Korea XXVII Granada,  Spain

Future Universiades

2011 Universiade city selection

On January 16, 2007 Shenzhen and Erzurum were announced as the host cities of the 2011 Universiades.

For 2011, Shenzhen was the candidate of the People's Republic of China. [2] On June 28, 2006, the official bid book had been sent to the FISU HQ to confirm its bid. [3]

For the 2011 Summer Universiade, the bid cities were the following:

For the 2011 Winter Universiade, the bid cities were the following:

2013 Universiade Candidate Cities

FISU has officially closed the bidding period for the 2013 Universiades. The following cities have officially entered their candidature within the deadline:



The final decision to attribute the 2013 Universiades was taken in Brussels, Belgium on May 31st, 2008, and the selected cities were Maribor and Kazan. [4]

2015 Universiade Candidate Cities

The bid are expected before March 15, 2009, and the election of both host cities is foreseen on June 30, 2009.

The final decision to attribute the 2015 Universiades was taken in Brussels, Belgium on May 23, 2009, and the selected cities were Gwangju and Granada.

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