FISU Forum 2020

Invitation | The city | The host | The forum | Entry Permits | Accomodation, transportation | Useful information

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Welcome to the website of the FISU Forum 2020! The University of Physical Education (UPE) and the Hungarian University Sports Federation (HUSF) are proud to host the 15th edition of the forum in August 2020.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has been accelerating both inside and outside Europe, the preparations for the FISU Forum 2020 supposed to be held at the University of Physical Education (UPE) in Budapest from 12-16, August continue. As previously reported, the organising committee (OC) was set up for the successful realisation of the 15th edition at the beginning of March.


Lajos MocsaiThe University of Physical Education (UPE) is one of the centers of successful Hungarian sport and sport science. The past obligates us to make ev­ery effort to have our institution be unrivalled in terms of higher education institutions working with sport science in Central Europe. To achieve this goal, major infrastructural development has been made by the University with the support of the government, which means not only a reno­vation, but a broadening of the current campus. Besides education and research, the mission of the University is to host outstanding events, which, as the theoretical and practical center of sport science in Hungary, will help build the re­lationship between sport experts immensely. For these reasons, UPE is pleased to host the 15th FISU Forum, which it views as a significant event, with the Hungarian University Sports Federation (HUSF) in 2020. I am con­vinced that university sport is decisive in the life of our youth and is a ma­jor cornerstone of professional sport. Because of this, the leaders of the international university sport world who visit Hungary, sport experts and sportspeople are not only here to create relationships in the sport profes­sion, but to strengthen universities’ sport communities as well, which UPE has done in the past and also wishes to do in the future.

Prof. Dr. h. c. Lajos Mocsai Rector, University of Physical Education

Ádám KissIn the name of the whole Hungarian university sport community, I express my joy that Buda­pest has received the chance to organise the 15th FISU Forum in 2020. It is a great honour for us. The continuation of one of the most im­portant heritages of 70-year-old FISU in 2019 is a duty happily undertaken by Hungary with its several-hundred-year university and sport cul­ture. FISU, in cooperation with the University of Physical Education and together with the capital, Budapest, wishes to organise such an event that will provide a lasting experience for all partici­pants. Young people are the future: this is a bit cliché, but it is certain that this event will show the future generation the importance of a healthy lifestyle and regular physical activity and sport. The FISU Forum may be capable of setting students off on the road to improving university sport participation, dual career prospects and the physical activity level of students, in addition to serving as proponents of motivational methods and health promotion. I wish all participants to remember the Budapest FISU Forum as a suc­cessful and useful event from a professional point of view, as well as a remarkable and good experience.

Prof. Dr. Ádám Kiss President, Hungarian University Sports Federation

The city

Budapest is the capital city, as well as the sports capital of Hungary. A central and likeable city with a unique, youthful atmosphere, a world-class classical music scene as well as a pulsating night life increasingly appreciated among European youth and, last but not least, an exceptionally rich offering of natural thermal baths, Budapest is one of Europe’s most delightful and enjoyable cities.


Budapest, as a large city with favourable geographical features (climate, diversity of hills and plains, thermal waters and baths) is able to satisfy the population’s leisure-time, communal and competitive sports needs to the highest standards. More and more people do physical exercise in the city on a daily basis, and based on the attitude of its residents and the oppor­tunities this city has to offer, Budapest is, on the whole, not only a sports capital but is also a sports city, as visitors may themselves experience, making it more than just a youthful city.
Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world.

Other highlights include a total of 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building.
At present, there are 65 higher ed­ucation institutions in Hungary; two-thirds of them in the capital. The uni­versities of Budapest, with a history dating back hundreds of years, are also popular amongst foreign students today, the number of whom rises year after year.

Budapest, Széchenyi Bath

For the FISU Forum 2020 participants Budapest is easily accessible by road, rail and air. Budapest’s international airport, Liszt Ferenc International Airport is situated on the south-eastern edge of the city; both the sports facilities and the accommodation are easily accessible by road. Trains coming from abroad (Vienna, Bratislava) usually arrive at Keleti Railway Station. Budapest’s public transport network is highly extensive; there are four metro lines and tram, trolleybus and bus services. The city’s night time public transport system also operates.

The host

The University of Physical Education (TE) and its institutional predecessor is one of the oldest higher educational institutions in Europe in the field of body culture, including sports and education. The proposed facilities for the holding of the 2020 FISU Forum are the facilities of the newly built campus of the University of Physical Education. The central building serves the needs of the university starting September 2018. By hosting the European Universities Bridge & Chess Championships in 2019 the university made its first step towards becoming a regular host of international university sport events, followed by the FISU Forum in 2020.


The infrastructural development project is currently in progress. A facility of over 90,000 m2 is under construction, to be completed by 2023.

Reg­ular recreational sports programmes will be held at the university facilities, led by highly qualified coaches, trainers and well-known athletes (olympic and world champions). The facilities of the newly built campus of the Uni­versity are equipped with the most modern technical equipment, not only serving the needs of higher education, but also being capable of fulfilling all requirements regarding large events and conferences. The special needs of an international forum will be met with the installation of top-quality equipment provided by the University.


The forum

Theme and subthemes

Main Theme: “Seventy Years onward and still going strong: How can FISU continue sustaining the University Sports Movement’s legacy?”


  • Health
  • Evolution of the Challenges in University Sport
  • Inclusion in University Sport

Conditions of participation

The delegations of the participating countries will be composed of a maximum of four (4) representatives. At least two (2) of them must be students (male and female). The number of the officials is restricted to two (2).

Only the students who satisfy the following conditions may take part at the FISU Forum 2020, according the FISU general regulations:

  • Be a national of the country they represent;
  • Be at least 17 and less than 25 years of age on January 1st in the year of the event; for 2020, student participants must be born between January 1st 1995 and December 31st 2002.
  • Students who are currently officially registered as proceeding towards a degree or diploma at a university or similar institute whose status is recognised by the appropriate national academic authority of their country;
  • Former students of the institutions mentioned in the previous point who have obtained their academic degree or diploma in the year preceding the event;

Entry Deadlines

  • General entry: February 12, 2020
  • Quantitative entry: May 12, 2020
  • Individual entry: July 12, 2020

All entries must be submitted via the FISU on-line accreditation system.

Financial conditions

The participation fee will be applied in accordance with FISU Regulations: 70 Euro per person per night. All extra cost for bank transfers should be worn by the participants!

Entry Permits to Hungary

From December 21, 2007 Hungary is a member of the Schengen Area, and applies the Schengen legislation in full. Significant changes subsequent to Hungary’s Schengen-membership are thatű

  • visas and residence permits issued by one of the Schengen States are valid also for Hungary,
  • visas issued by Hungarian representations abroad and residence permits issued by Hungarian national authorities are also valid for the entire Schengen Area.

Please note that the latest amendment of the Article 5 (1) (a) of the Schengen Borders Code (entered into force on 19 July 2013) introduces new criteria for travel documents of third-country nationals entitling to cross the borders:

  • the validity of the travel document shall last until at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States. In a justified case of emergency, this obligation may be waived;
  • the travel document shall have been issued within the previous 10 years.

Please check the list of countries, which citizens may travel to Hungary without visa (Visa Waiver Agreements).

Visas have to be applied for at your nearest Hungarian Embassy. Please note that conditions of entry to Hungary can change and all WUOC 2016 participants are advised to keep abreast of the current situation by consulting their local Hungarian Embassy.

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Accomodation, transportation

Accommodation, catering

FISU Forum 2020 participants will be accommodated in the Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Dormitories of the Eötvös Loránd University. Address: 1118 Budapest, Dayka Gábor utca 4.

Breakfast will be served at the accommodation, lunch and dinner at the University of Physical Education.



All FISU Forum 2020 participants will be provided free transportation to and from the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, as well as the Keleti-, Nyugati and Déli railway stations. Delegations arriving by car will be provided parking lots free of charge.

Participants will be able to use the Budapest public transportation free of charge with their accreditation cards. Trip planner for the public transport is available at


Useful information

Local Time

Hungary is in the Central European Time Zone (CET). GMT+1 hours Summer time (from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October): GMT+2 hours


Voltage: 220-240 Volts / 50Hz. Primary Socket Type: CEE 7/3 and CEE 7/4 (German „Schuko”; Type F), CEE 7/16 Europlug (Type C)

Socket Type CSocket Type F


By Western standards, Hungary is considered safe and the risk of violent crime remains low.

Emergency Services

  • Emergency call centre: 112
  • Ambulance: 104
  • Fire-department: 105
  • Police: 107

The above phone numbers can be called free of charge.