World Student Day

48 hours to pray together for students around the globe

Friday 16 October 2020

World Student Day is an annual day that unites our global movement to celebrate all that God is doing through IFES, and to pray for one another and the needs and opportunities for the coming year.

In 2019, 25,678 people in 138 countries joined us to pray. You can still add yourself to the map and browse prayer requests. In 2020 we plan to pray on Friday 16 October. Put the date in your calendar and sign up for emails to get a reminder next year.

How to take part

  • Prayer cards

    Explore prayer requests from students around the world.

  • WA19


    Our prayer theme for this year is about the gospel breaking down barriers and our unity in Jesus.

  • Pray


    All you need to run a global prayer meeting, including prayer requests, maps, films and more.

In 2019, 25,678 people were praying around the world

Prayer cards

Browse specific prayer requests from students in all our different regions.

Our prayer theme for 2019: One new humanity

Our universities, our societies, our nations are increasingly divided. Divided by nationality, economics, caste, education, ethnicity and political opinion. Fear of others builds walls, excludes outsiders and restricts dialogue in our universities.

But Christian students around the world are living for a different story. In Revelation 7, we see a vision of God’s kingdom that includes people from every nation, tribe, people and language worshipping Jesus together. Our calling today is to live as inclusive communities dedicated to sharing the gospel with all people and to see the gospel make an impact in the dialogues of the university.

This October pray with us for the gospel to break down barriers in universities and for unity among students witnessing to Jesus. And pray with us that many more students would be attracted to the diverse gospel communities they see, come to trust in Jesus and become part of his one new humanity.

“His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross…”
Ephesians 2:15 [NIV]

Find out more about IFES

We are a movement of students sharing and living out the good news of Jesus Christ.
Locally. Nationally. Globally.