WELCOME TO THE YOUNGEST COUNTRY IN EUROPE!
Kosovo, the host country
Kosovo is known as the country of “Young Europeans.” Kosovo became an independent country on 17th February 2008 and has since gained diplomatic recognition from 97 other countries.
During your stay in Kosovo, you will have the opportunity to explore the newest country in Europe, consisting of beautiful mountains, energetic cities, and hospitable people.
Fun fact: 11% of Kosovo's territory is protected as a National Park. In Europe, Kosovo comes only second to Iceland in this aspect.
The climate is continental, with warm summers… so enjoy your time!
Prishtina is the capital city of Kosovo. With a population of 460,000, Prishtina is the most populated city in the country.
The Ethnological Museum in Prishtina is one of the most visited attractions by both foreigners and locals. In 2018, this museum added an extensive collection of the country’s cultural heritage, with archaeological pavilion exhibits — from the Neolithic period to the Declaration of Independence.
Another gem to go see is the National Library of Kosovo. Located in the center of the university campus, this building, with its unique architecture, is also an identifying symbol of Kosovo.
In the Historic Centre, you can find the Grand Mosque, which is located very close to other cultural heritage monuments. In the city, you can see many mosques and churches; Kosovo has a reputation for religious tolerance.
Also on the list of must sees in Prishtina is the bell tower of the Cathedral "Mother Teresa,” which is one of the tallest buildings in the city and can help you get your bearings if you get lost! If you want to see all of Prishtina at once, get a ticket, climb the tower, and enjoy a rare view.
Visiting a coffee shop in Prishtina, having a macchiato, and people watching is quite a popular sport in Kosovo - and you could also try it sometime. Pubs and bars constitute a big part of the Prishtina lifestyle. Entire streets are dedicated and crowded with bars, especially in summer. Kafet e Vogla (small café bars) is among the most famous and busiest streets of Prishtina, together with Rruga B (Street B), where you can find young people enjoying nightlife. These places offer a variety of food - traditional and fast food. But located in the villages nearby are some of the local’s favourite restaurants, known for their meat dishes and seafood.
Prishtina is more than ready to receive the FISU World University Cup. Kosovo, even though a relatively young country, we have a decorated history in sports; Kosovo's judo record is synonymous with “Gold.” Majlinda Kelmendi and other judo athletes have raised Kosovo’s flag in the Olympic games for almost every competition in recent years.
On the other hand (pun intended), Handball first arrived in Prishtina in the late 1940s, and by 1948 there were several registered clubs starting to compete in informal domestic competitions.
Today, Handball in Kosovo is an elite sport. The Kosovo Handball Federation is a member of the International Handball Federation and the European Handball Federation.
This sport is also very popular among students!
The University of Prishtina (UP) was founded in 1970 and currently consists of 14 faculties and around 40,000 students. UP is a public university and is the oldest and largest university in Kosovo. Its campus is located in the city centre.
An important component of UP is the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports (FPES), which was founded in 1979. This faculty has formed all the cadres of Physical Education subjects throughout the elementary and secondary school system in Kosovo. Over the years, many famous athletes, both men and women, have studied at the FPES. Today FPES has around 800 active students.
Address: Str. "George Bush", no.31, 10000 Prishtinë, Kosovo.
Kosovo University Sports Federation was founded on 9 March 2017. KUSF unites sports associations and organizations, which were established to practice sports activities within universities and colleges, accredited by the Kosovo Accreditation Agency.
KUSF is a valued member of the Kosovo Olympic Committee and a full member of the International University Sports Federation - FISU and European University Sports Association - EUSA.
Since its establishment, KUSF has achieved great success in promoting sports activities among students in Kosovo, as well as promoting local sports and athletes internationally.
Address: Str. “Eqrem Çabej”, no. 21, 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo.