Rugby Sevens entered the programme of the FISU World University Championships in 2004 with a first edition organised in Beijing (CHN), which welcomed 159 rugby players from 9 countries.
Since then, the number of participants has constantly grown, as well as the number of participating countries, reaching the record number of 273 participants from 17 countries at the 2010 edition hosted by the Portuguese University Sport Federation in Porto.
The 5th World University Rugby 7 Championship was organised in the city of Brive-la-Gaillarde, France, one of the homelands of rugby. In 2014 () were the hosts for the 6th edition while the world descended on Swansea Wales for the 7th edition in 2016. Swakopmund Namibia is the proud host for the 8th edition of the World University Rugby Championships in July 2018.