Launch Retreats

If you’re a student who’s ready to embark upon a spiritually vibrant life abroad and seek a greater purpose in your European host country, then join InterVarsity Study Abroad for a weekend that will change the course of your adventure abroad.

What is possible by the end of Launch?

  • A sense of calling and direction from God for your semester.
  • A deeper belief in your love for God and his love for you than when you left the U.S.
  • Expectations of encountering people open to exploring Jesus, whether in housing, classes, clubs & teams, or travels.
  • Understanding the stages of transition in cross-cultural environments, and knowing how to react positively.
  • More confidence to live in, interact with, and contribute to your new culture.
  • Willingness to set aside your checklist of “must-see” places and invite God to shape your travel.
  • Eagerness to connect with a student ministry or church in your host city and learn from other Christian communities.
  • Arriving as strangers, but leaving as a community of friends after bonding through various activities.

Inspirational Quote

Why Amsterdam?

  • Experience a city deeper than the millions of tourists who visit it.
  • Encounter God in sacred places like the Beguines’ court.
  • Bond with other students over local favorites like stroopwafels.
  • Travel solo for the first time to a new city/country.