Summer Universiade

The universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city and which is second in importance only to the Olympic Games. Governed by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), the aim of the universiade is to promote international peace and cultural exchange among young people through sport.

The word universiade comes from university and Olympiad and means Olympic Games for students. The universiade is second in importance only to the Olympic Games on a true multi-sport international scale.

Numerous Olympic Games athletes have participated at universiades and the events share much in common - the communal village, a games mascot, sporting conferences and cultural festivals that take place while the games are in progress. The protocol systems for the Olympics and universiades are similar with both events also sharing an opening and closing ceremony.

To be eligible, competitors must meet the eligibility requirements set out in the AUS athlete's and anti-doping by-laws. Athletes must be:

Australian citizens;
At least 17 and less than 28* years of age as at 1st January year of event;
Proceeding towards a diploma or higher at either an Australian or overseas university/ TAFE or have graduated from one of the above institutions in the year prior to the competition (i.e.: if the event is on 1 February 2011, then the student must have graduated after 1 February 2010).
* All participants of the basketball competitions must be no less than 17 on 1 January in the year of the event and less than 25 years of age on 31 December in the year of the event.

The Certificate of Academic Eligibility must be completed by all athletes and then given to their respective university to be signed and stamped with the university seal. Athletes should contact their university Elite Athlete Coordinators or sports office for assistance.

For further information please contact:

Siobhan James (High Performance Manager)


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Australia at the Universiade

Australia first competed at a Summer Universiade in Tokyo, Japan in 1967 and has been involved in every event since that year excluding 1975 in Rome, Italy. During that time Australian student athletes have amassed a total of 153 (45 gold, 40 silver and 68 bronze) medals, achieving Australia's highest ever medal tally position of 11th in Belgrade, Serbia in 2009.

Australia at the Universiade

Who are the Uniroos

Australia has a long and proud history of performing on the world sporting stage, and our university students are no exception.  In 2017, Australian students representing their university and their country at the 29th World Summer Universiade in Chinese Taipei will be competing as a team under the identity of " the Australian Uniroos".

The 2011 Australian Summer Universiade team to Shenzhen, China was the first team to compete under this entity and the campaign was our most successful ever. The uniroos won five gold, three silver, and eight bronze medals, which placed us 14th on the medal tally and was our largest medal haul ever at a Summer Universiade. This result has been bettered at each subsequent Universiade with the 2015 team winning 19 medals.

In 2017 we aim to improve on this result with a top ten finish in the medal tally.  Your support will help the champions of tomorrow gain valuable international experience and expertise in an event that attracts the best the world has to offer.

Hundreds of student athletes have used the Summer Universiade as a springboard to a successful international sporting career. Below are just some examples of how world class student-athletes have used the Summer Universiade as a pathway to Olympic success.

Australian Murray Stewart is an AUS Honour Roll medallist for his medal winning performances at the 2010 WUC Canoe Sprint in Poznan, Poland. Murray won a Silver medal in the K1 500m and a Bronze medal in the K1 1000m. Murray went on to win a Gold medal in the K4 1000m at the 2012 London Olympics.

Australian Cate Campbell is an AUS Honour Roll Champion for her medal winning performances at the 2011 WUSG in Shenzhen, China. Cate won a Gold medal in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay and a Bronze medal in the 50m freestyle.  Cate went on to also win a Gold medal in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay at the 2012 London Olympics. Campbell made her Olympic debut at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. At just 16 years of age, she won bronze in the 50m freestyle and also won bronze in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay.

Murray and Cate are just two of a large number of champion athletes such as cross country runner Steve Moneghetti, pole vaulter Steve Hooker and sailor Lucinda Whitty, who have combined a successful sporting career with university study, achieving great sporting and academic feats.

Universiade and Olympic Medallists

Australia has won 158 medals in the past 23 Universiades

Australia's Universiade Medallists 1967-2015


In Beijing 2008, 46 per cent of the Australian Olympic team was made up of student-athletes and they claimed 57 percent of the nation’s medals. At London 2012, 40 per cent of the team were student-athletes, but they contributed to winning 63 percent of Australia’s medals.  With a few more selections yet to be finalised, the 2016 team is currently 58 per cent student-athletes.

Performance of student-athletes at Olympic Games

2015 Summer Universiade

The 2015 Summer Universiade was held in Gwangju, South Korea. 

Australia sent a team of over 280 athletes and officials and finished 15th on the medal tally with 4 Gold, 3 Silver and 12 Bronze medals.

Australian Team Results

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