Step into a new place.

Spending time with people who aren’t the same as you, changes you. On mission, you live each day with different people—who laugh at different jokes, dance to different music or live in houses the size of your bedroom. You hand your uncertainty over to God and ask for faith in its place.

At InterVarsity, you will have yearly opportunities to volunteer on short-term mission trips. Through them, you’ll learn how to contribute your strengths and abilities back at home or around the world.

At Urbana you will hear from leaders in missions work from every corner of the world as you gain tools and connections to actively discern your place in global mission.

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Urbana is one of the largest triennial student missions conferences in the world. It is a catalytic event bringing together a diverse mix of college and graduate students, faculty, recent graduates, pastors, church and ministry leaders, missions organizations and schools.


Urbana is the kind of conference you drag your friends to, saying, ‘It’s so good, you HAVE to go!” It’s where you’ll experience multicultural worship and hear stories from people who have served God all over the world. Where you’ll explore what it means to live missionally as an architect or a graphic designer, a nurse or a student. Representatives from hundreds of organizations will be waiting to show you all the places you could go. And then there’s the incredible Bible studies, prayer ministry and the Urbana bookstore ($5 books, anyone?). At Urbana, God speaks into your life even if you don’t expect him to. Urbana is so good. You HAVE to go!

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When we go into the world to support the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) in their student ministries, we call it a partnership. Because as much as we have to share, there is always more for us to learn. It’s those moments when you teach your international friends a new Bible study technique, and they teach you how to preach the gospel door-to-door in their village. Or when you share stories of Jesus’ compassion and humility to people at a downtown soup kitchen, and they challenge you to consider how your lifestyle reflects those values. Partnership reminds us that Jesus calls us to be a family that learns from each other. Join us as we go into the world, and learn from your global family.


When we send teams of students on Camp Partnerships, they spend a month learning about leadership, faith and team dynamics as they lead children at an InterVarsity Camp.


Come and do life with the people you pass by on the street. The ones who may not have had the same opportunities as you. Sit with them as they tell you stories about growing up in a small town. Share a sandwich as they brag about their nieces and nephews. Discover how the deepest needs around us are often ones we all share: friendship and connectedness, encouragement and care. Come on an Urban Partnership with us and get to know another side of your city.


Our World Services team members are InterVarsity staff who have said yes to serving abroad in student ministry for at least 2 years. They serve either with our partners in the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) or with other mission organizations.


Interested in serving in another part of the world? Contact our Field Director Pete Ott at [email protected]