We are looking forward to host the most prominent university student sprint canoeing athletes in Szolnok Canoe Race Course. Organising Committee is striving for giving you the best, and guarantee to offer high quality service for your stay in Hungary.

On these pages, we intend to sum up all the necessary information that may guide you and your team on the way to Szolnok. Apart from the general introduction of the city and the regatta course the most vital and useful bits of information on the competition, participation, boat rental, visa issuance, board, lodging and training camp opportunities can also be found here.

The Organising Committee is hoping to see you soon at the 2018 FISU World University Canoe Sprint Championships in Szolnok between 10th - 12th August 2018.

You can always reach the same information and then more and more as time progresses on this website.

See you in August,
Organising Committee

Hungary & Szolnok


All participants are kindly requested to contact the Hungarian Embassy or consulate in their respective countries (or the closest to you) in time regarding visa requirements. The difficulty of obtaining visa to Hungary varies by regions but you should calculate with a 45-day long issuing period to ensure the safe attainment of the visa.

The typical steps of obtaining visa are as follows:

  1. Booking accommodation via the Organising Committee,
  2. Contacting the Hungarian Embassy / Consulate serving in your country / territory and do the paperwork they request of you
  3. Invitation letter requirement to be sent to tamas.varga@mkksz.hu
  4. Organising Committee sends the letter of invitation along with the verification of stay to the Hungarian Embassy / Consulate and the National Federation
  5. Visa issuance

Please note that the Organising Committee is not sending an invitation letter without knowing your teams’ arrival/departure dates, how many people there are on your team and who they are. Please send detailed inquiry with name, position, date of birth, passport number. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs asks the same information from us so we can not stand up for you without you standing up for yourself by providing this information.

City of Szolnok

Szolnok is the capital of the River Tisza. An old-established town is situated between two rivers called the Tisza and the Zagyva in the heart of the Great Plain.

All the habitants are very proud of their town, which has made tremendous improvements in most fields of life. The economy is developing rapidly, providing more and more job opportunities and a living for the people year by year. New squares, parks and playgrounds have been built; furthermore, they have the means to modernise institutions, and the latest landmark of the town has been completed: it is one of the longest footbridges of Europe.

They are especially proud of the so called ‘Rep-Tár’, which introduces the history of the national military aviation with the help of airplanes, helicopters and other special tools including interactive technical devices. Tourism will soon be boosted by a new swimming pool as well as the renovation of the former castle area.

General Information on Hungary

Population: 10.2 million
Area: 93.036 km2
Capital: Budapest (Territory: 525 km2)
Time zone: GMT +1 hour
Official language: Hungarian
State form: republic

Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe surrounded by Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. The Danube River forms part of Hungary’s north-western border with Slovakia, and then flows south through Budapest, dividing Hungary into two general regions. A low, rolling plain known as the Great Hungarian Plain, covers most of the region east of the Danube extending east to Romania and south to Serbia. Hungary has a continental climate with cold, cloudy, humid winters and warm to hot summers. Average annual temperature is 9.7 °C (49.5F). Temperature extremes are about 38 °C (100F) in the summer and −29°C (−20F) in the winter. Average temperature in the summer is 27 to 32 °C (81 to 90F). The average yearly rainfall is approximately 600mm (24 in).