International Day of University Sport


IDUS: September 20

The International Day of University Sport (IDUS) is celebrated annually on September 20. Proposed by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), it is officially endorsed by the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO).

Among others, the day aims at confirming the importance of sport in universities and the role of universities in the community as responsible actors for consolidating and developing quality physical and sport education at the service of citizens. Each year on 20 September, thanks to its network of university associations, clubs and partners, FISU will mobilise the academic world. The events will propose leisure sport activities, competitions, discussion workshops and cultural happenings to citizens of all ages.


IDUS falls within the framework of a multidisciplinary educational project insisting on the need for physical and sport education programmes, sports facilities and scientific studies in universities, with the purpose of fostering social inclusion, minorities integration and anti-doping, combating non-communicable diseases and the ongoing development of scientific research in the field of physical education and sport, taking into consideration the acquisition and transfer of knowledge as well as, and above all, social and economic policy at the local, national and international levels.


FISU and UNESCO members are invited to celebrate this day based on tailor-made events according to their culture and specific needs with the focus that sport is not to be taken out of universities and left to the initiative of the private sector because sport must be fully integrated in higher education and research structures, taking its rightful place in multidisciplinary strategies. All the different partners including universities and municipalities will join efforts to also organise the FISU Festival in the heart of their cities.

FISU Festival

International University Sport Festival is organised in the heart of a city in order to attract a larger audience than only university students. It is an opportunity to invite citizens to do some physical exercise and bring university sport outside the university campus into the city. It is a specific event with dedicated rules and regulations. It is expected to have one Festival per country organised:
Guidelines to Organise an IDUS Event
Guidelines to Organise a FISU Festival

EUSA hike in Ljubljana - celebrating #IDUS2016 and #beactive

Within the European Week of Sport, EUSA also celebrated the first edition of the International Day of University Sport (IDUS) on September 20, 2016 with a hike to Roznik in Ljubljana and attending activities of our members and partners. EUSA continues to be actively engaged in promotion of IDUS also in 2017 and beyond!

We also invite you to be join and share your university sport’s pictures and videos. Publish them on your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account, using the hashtags #IDUS and #eusaunisport and send us an email at We will collect them and publish them on EUSA social media. You are encouraged to use the IDUS logo in your pictures, too. You can print it or add the logo afterwards. Click here to download the logo in PDF or PNG format.

We would like to thank everyone for taking part - student athletes, EUSA member and partners, universities, ambassadors, representatives of sports bodies and the volunteers; thank you for helping us celebrate this day!

For more information, please see the documents above, and the official websites and