International Fellowship of Evangelical Students

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International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES)
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TypeChristian Interdenominational student association
Area served
160 Countries
General Secretary
Daniel Bourdanné, since 2007

The International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) is an association of over 160 evangelical Christian student movements worldwide, encouraging evangelism, discipleship and mission among students. IFES is the world's largest Christian campus movement whose goal is to establish local autonomous student movements in every country where there is tertiary education. The member movements cooperate to pioneer new work and to strengthen existing groups. In addition, there is work in countries where student ministry is not yet affiliated.

IFES has three International Service Centres: Oxford, England; Platteville, USA; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dr Daniel Bourdanné is the current General Secretary, assisted by Tim Adams (Associate General Secretary for Operations) and Martin Haizmann (Associate General Secretary for International Ministries). Bourdanné was appointed as General Secretary at the IFES World Assembly on 17 July 2007. Previously he served as Regional Secretary for Francophone Africa. Previous General Secretaries have been Australian C. Stacey Woods (1947–1972), Singaporean Chua Wee Hian (1972–1991) and Welshman Lindsay Brown (1991–2007). At the heart of the movement are the thousands of students, volunteers and staff who faithfully and sacrificially contribute in their local settings.


In 1947, the initiative was taken to establish international fellowship of Christian students. Representatives from Australia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, France, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United States came together in Boston (USA) to strengthen evangelism, discipleship and world mission among students all over the world.

At the end of the 20th century, IFES had already grown to an organisation consisting of movements in 140 countries. Currently there are about 20 countries with tertiary education where there is no IFES-related student witness. A unique feature of IFES is that it is a federation of autonomous and indigenous movements. The international board of IFES includes representatives from all around the world, emphasizing the fact that it is truly a global movement that models international partnership and collaboration.

A firm commitment to evangelism amongst students, the authority of the Bible and collaborative cross-cultural mission are historic features of this ministry. As the fellowship has grown, representatives from many Christian traditions and denominations have been added, but IFES has sustained an orthodox evangelical expression of Christianity.


Representatives of all the member movements gather once every four years at the "World Assembly", where the General Committee meets to conduct official business of the fellowship. World Assemblies have been held in Mexico (2015), Poland (2011), Canada (2007), Netherlands (2003), Korea (1999), Kenya (1995), United States of America (1991). The last World Assembly occurred in July 2015 in Oaxtepec, Mexico and was hosted by the Mexican member movement Compa. The next World Assembly will be held in Durban South Africa in 2019.

For students, regional conferences are organised every few years. In Europe and Eurasia, there is the European Student Evangelism Conference. In 2000 it was held in Aschaffenburg, Germany, in Győr, Hungary in 2004 and 2012 and in Linz, Austria in 2008. Previous East Asia Regional Conferences were held at Port Dickson, Malaysia in 2014, in Singapore in 2011, in Tokyo, Japan in 2008 and in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2005.

IFES also offers Summer- and Year-teams, which are composed of students and recent graduates who use their holidays or an academic year to help establish student movements in Europe and Eurasia by pioneering new work or assisting established movements.

Christian literature distribution is also a feature of this ministry. InterVarsity Press (USA), Inter-Varsity Press (UK), Presses Bibliques Africaines (Francophone Africa), Harmat (Hungary), Andamio (Spain), and Ediciones Certeza (Latin America) are examples of regional publishing houses.

Student missions conferences occur frequently in the fellowship. Examples of this are Urbana (North America), Mission Korea (South Korea) and "Whom Shall I Send?" (Sudan). Plans for future conferences are developing, and at present there are such events planned in India, Rwanda, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. There is to be Eurasia’s first-ever missions conference in Ukraine, and others in South Korea, Taiwan, Jamaica, Mexico, and probably also Bolivia and Guatemala in Latin America.

Member Movements[edit]

Recognizing the importance of Christian unity, IFES generally affiliates only one member organisation from any country, although some exceptions have been made for specific linguistic or geographical reasons. For example, there are two movements representing different language groups in Canada, Belgium, Switzerland).

Around the world, more than 160 movements are connected to IFES.


English and Portuguese speaking Africa

  • Angola: GBECA Angola
  • Botswana: ICMB Botswana
  • Ethiopia: EvaSUE Ethiopia
  • Gambia: FES-Gambia
  • Ghana: GHAFES Ghana
  • Kenya: FOCUS Kenya
  • Lesotho: SULTM Lesotho
  • Liberia: LIFES Liberia
  • Malawi: SCOM Malawi
  • Mozambique: ABEMO Mozambique
  • Namibia: CSF Namibia
  • Nigeria: NIFES Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone: SLEFES Sierra Leone
  • South Africa: SCO South Africa
  • Sudan/South Sudan: FOCUS Sudan
  • Swaziland: INCOSCM Swaziland
  • Tanzania: TAFES Tanzania
  • Uganda: FOCUS Uganda
  • Zambia: ZAFES Zambia
  • Zimbabwe: FOCUS Zimbabwe

Francophone Africa

  • Benin: Groupe Biblique des Eléves et Etudiants du Bénin
  • Burundi: Union des Groupes Bibliques du Burundi
  • Cameroon: Groupes Bibliques des Elèves et Etudiants du Cameroun
  • Central Africa: Union des Jeunes Chrétiens de Centrafrique
  • Chad : Union des Jeunes Chrétiens du Tchad
  • Congo: Groupes Bibliques Universitaires et Scolaires du Congo
  • DRC: Groupes Bibliques Universitaires de la République Démocratique du Congo
  • Gabon: Groupes Bibliques Universitaires du Gabon
  • Guinea: Groupe Biblique des Elèves et Etudiants de Guinée
  • Guinea-Bissau: GBU Guinea-Bissau
  • Ivory Coast: Groupes Bibliques Universitaires de Côte d'Ivoire
  • Mali: Groupes Bibliques des Elèves et Etudiants du Mali
  • Madagascar: Union des Groupes Bibliques de Madagascar
  • Mauritius: Students Christian Fellowship
  • Niger: Groupes Bibliques Universitaires du Niger
  • Rwanda: Union des Groupes Bibliques du Rwanda
  • Senegal: Groupes Bibliques Universitaires et Scolaires du Sénégal
  • Togo: Groupes Bibliques Universitaires et Scolaires du Togo


East Asia[edit]

  • Cambodia: Sonoko Cambodia
  • Hong Kong: Fellowship of Evangelical Students
  • Indonesia: Perkantas
  • Japan: KGK
  • Macau: FCS Fellowship of Christian Students
  • Malaysia: FES Malaysia
  • Mongolia: FCS Fellowship of Campus Students
  • Philippines: IVCF InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Singapore: FES Singapore
  • South Korea: IVF InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Taiwan: CEF Campus Evangelical Fellowship
  • Thailand: TSC Thai Christian Students

South Asia[edit]

  • India: UESI Union of Evangelical Students of India
  • Nepal: Nepal Biswabidhalaya Bidhyarthi Sangati - NBCBS
  • Sri Lanka: Fellowship Of Christian University Students - FOCUS


Central Europe[edit]

  • Albania: BSKSh
  • Austria: Austrian student mission (ÖSM - Österreichische Studentenmission)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Evanđeosko Udruženje Studenata u Federaciji Bosne i Hercegovine (EUSFBiH)
  • Bulgaria: Bulgarian Christian Student Union - BCSU
  • Croatia: STEP Studentski evanđeoski pokret
  • Czech Republic: Univerzitní kresťanské hnutí - UKH
  • Estonia: EEUU
  • Greece: SXEF
  • Hungary: Magyar Evangéliumi Keresztyén Diákszövetség - MEKDSz
  • Latvia: Latvijas Kristīgā Studentu Brālība - LKSB
  • Lithuania: Lietuvos krikščionių studentų bendrija - LKSB
  • Macedonia: SEAM Exodus
  • Poland: Chrześcijańskie Stowarzyszenie Akademickie - ChSA
  • Romania: Organizația Studenților Creștini Evanghelici din România - OSCER
  • Serbia: Evanđeosko Udruženje Studenata i Srednjoškolaca - EUS
  • Slovakia: Vysokoškolské Biblické Hnutie - VBH
  • Slovenia: ZVES

Western Europe[edit]

  • Belgium
    • Dutch speaking: Ichtus Vlaanderen
    • French speaking: Groupes Bibliques Universitaires et des Ecoles Supérieures - GBU
  • Denmark: Kristeligt Forbund for Studerende
  • Finland: OPKO
  • France: Association des Groupes Bibliques Universitaires de France - GBU
  • Germany: Studentenmission Deutschland
  • Great Britain: Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship - UCCF
  • Iceland: KSH
  • Ireland: Christian Unions Ireland - CUI
  • Italy: Gruppi Biblici Universitari - GBU
  • Netherlands: IFES Nederland]
  • Norway: Norges Kristelige student- og skoleungdomslag - NKSS
  • Portugal: Grupo Bíblico Universitário - GBU
  • Spain: Federación de Grupos Bíblicos Universitarios de España - GBU
  • Sweden: Credo
  • Switzerland
    • French speaking: Groupes Bibliques des Écoles et Universités - GBEU
    • German speaking: Vereinigte Bibelgruppen - VBG


  • Armenia:
  • Georgia: Saqartvelos Qristian Studentta Kavshiri
  • Moldova: CSC Moldova
  • Ukraine: CCX Ukraine


  • Antigua and Barbuda: Inter-school and Colleges Christian Fellowship - ISCCF
  • Barbados: Inter-school & Inter-varsity Christian Fellowship - IS/IVCF
  • Belize: IS/IVCF Belize
  • Cayman Islands: IS/IVCF Cayman Islands
  • Dominica: Inter-school & Colleges Christian Fellowship - ISCCF
  • French Guiana: Groupes Bibliques Universitaires - GBU
  • Grenada: InterSchools Christian Fellowship - ISCF
  • Guadeloupe: Groupes Bibliques Universitaires - GBU
  • Guyana: Inter-school & Inter-varsity Christian Fellowship - IS/IVCF
  • Haiti: Groupe Biblique des Ecoles et Universités d'Haïti - GBEUH
  • Jamaica: Inter-Schools Christian Fellowship/University and Colleges Christian Fellowship - ISCF/UCCF
  • Martinique: Groupe Biblique Universitaire de Martinique - GBU
  • St Lucia: Inter-school & Colleges Christian Fellowship - ISCCF
  • St Vincent and Grenades: Inter-school & Colleges Christian Fellowship - ISCCF
  • Suriname: JSSM
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Inter-school & Inter-varsity Christian Fellowship - IS/IVCF

North America[edit]


Latin America[edit]

  • Argentina: Asociación Bíblica Universitaria Argentina
  • Bolivia: Comunidad Cristiana Universitaria de Bolivia
  • Brazil: Aliança Bíblica Universitária do Brasil
  • Chile: Grupo Bíblico Universitario de Chile
  • Colombia: Unidad Cristiana Universitaria
  • Costa Rica: Estudiantes Cristianos Unidos
  • Dominican Republic: ADEE Associación Dominicana de Estudiantes Evangélicos
  • Ecuador: CCUH Comunidad de Estudiantes Cristianos de Ecuador
  • El Salvador: Movimiento Universitario Cristiano - MUC
  • Guatemala: Grupo Evangélico Universitario de Guatemala - GEU
  • Honduras: Comunidad Cristiana Universitaria de Honduras
  • Mexico: Compa Compañerismo Estudiantil A.C
  • Nicaragua: CECNIC
  • Panama: Comunidad de Estudiantes Cristianos - C.E.C
  • Puerto Rico: Asociación Bíblica Universitaria de Puerto Rico
  • Paraguay: Grupos Bíblicos Unidos del Paraguay
  • Peru: Asociación de Grupos Evangélicos del Perú
  • Uruguay: Comunidad Bíblica Universitaria Uruguay
  • Venezuela: Movimiento Universitario Evangélico Venezolano - MUEVE


  • Douglas Johnson, A Brief History of the International Fellowship Of Evangelical Students, Lausanne, Switzerland, IFES, 1964.
  • Pete Lowman, The Day of His Power, Leicester, Inter-Varsity, 1988. ISBN 0-85110-794-X
  • Alice Poynor, From the Campus to the World: Stories from the First Fifty Years of Student Foreign Missions Fellowship, InterVarsity Press, 1986. ISBN 0-87784-947-1
  • David M. Howard, Student Power in World Missions, InterVarsity Press, 1979. ISBN 0-87784-493-3 (Brief history of North American students in mission beginning with the Haystack Movement through the SVM to the SFMF.)
  • C. Stacey Woods, The Growth of a Work of God, InterVarsity Press, 1978. ISBN 0-87784-741-X (Early history of InterVarsity/USA)
  • Keith & Gladys Hunt, For Christ and the University: The Story of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of the U.S.A./ 1940-1990, InterVarsity Press, 1991. ISBN 0-8308-4996-3
  • Lindsay Brown, Shining Like Stars - the Power of the Gospel in the World’s Universities, Inter-Varsity Press, 2006. ISBN 1-84474-167-2 (Spanish translation: Brillando Como Estrellas, Andamio. ISBN 84-96551-28-8, ISBN 978-84-96551-28-2
  • A. Donald Macleod, C. Stacey Woods and the Evangelical Rediscovery of the University, InterVarsity Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8308-3432-7

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