Conference

CONFERENCE DETAILS
It’s Time to Rise Up

Urbana only happens once every 3 years!

We’re gathering together in Indianapolis, IN on December 28th - 31st to be shaped into a generation of whole-life, whole-world disciples.

Pricing
$715

CONFERENCE
$615

STUDENT PRICE
$75

DEPOSIT

Conference hotel discounts end 11/30

How much do I need to register?

You can reserve your spot with just a $75 non-refundable deposit.

How can I get more of a discount?

  • Watch our social media.
  • Check with your campus minister, church, or denomination for additional discount codes.
  • Register for the conference as soon as you can to secure the best discounts.

What is covered?

Your registration fee covers entry to the conference, access to leading global voices, onsite prayer, leadership training via our World Changers Cohort, and discernment support from experienced coaches.

What is not covered?

Your registration fee does not cover your housing, travel, or meals.

A DAY AT URBANA

MORNING PLENARY

Acts in the 21st Century

MORNING SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY
URBANA AFTERNOONS

Decide how you want to spend your time:

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Seminars
  • Connections Hall
  • 1:1 Prayer & Coaching
  • Bookstore
  • Prayer Rooms, Discernment Coaching & Spaces
  • Relaxation & Reflection

EVENING PLENARY

Worship & Acts in the 1st Century

Housing & Travel

Book hotel rooms as soon as possible to ensure best rates and availability.

HOTELS

At this Urbana, enjoy weather-free walks from the hotels connected by skywalks to the Indiana Convention Center.

Discounted rates ($125-150/night) for individuals and groups are available by using the Urbana Housing Bureau, which is sent to you in your registration confirmation email. Rooms are for up to 4 people - bring a friend to save costs!

TRAVEL

Plan to arrive on December 28th between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for conference check-in.

  • Air: Book your flights into the Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
  • Car: Your hotel will have parking rates and you can book parking ahead of time with GateTen Indy.
  • Bus: Large groups should consider organizing a charter bus, if you’re an InterVarsity student, check with your chapter leaders.

Urbana will end after the final general session with everyone welcoming in the new year together on Jan. 1, 2023, at 12:30 a.m.

convention center entrance
convention center covered walkway
GENERAL

What is Urbana 22?

Urbana 22 is InterVarsity’s 26th triennial Student Missions Conference. It’s a discernment space that brings together a diverse group of students and calls them — through multicultural worship, Bible exposition, and teaching from worldwide missions experts — to give their whole lives for God’s global mission.

For more information, visit the About Urbana or Past Urbanas pages.

Where and when will Urbana 22 happen?

Urbana 22 will be held in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The large morning and evening sessions will take place at the Indianapolis Convention Center located at 100 South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46225.

Urbana 22 will start Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, with check-in between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The opening session is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in the Indianapolis Convention Center.

Urbana will end after the final general session with everyone welcoming in the new year together on Jan. 1, 2023, at 12:30 a.m.

Who is Urbana for?

Most Urbana participants are college and graduate students ranging from 17 to 29 years old. However, anyone interested in global missions or discerning God’s call for his or her life is welcome. Many pastors, missionaries, and ministry leaders have been particularly blessed by their experiences at past Urbana conferences. Participants must be at least 16 years old by Dec. 28, 2022, and in high school.

Is Urbana 22 for non-Christians?

Urbana 22 focuses on global missions, but many people have come to faith in the past. If you’re considering inviting someone who isn’t a Christian, show them some of the videos from past Urbanas, so they know what to expect. Also, try to coordinate housing so that you can experience the conference together.

Do you have age restrictions?

Yes, Urbana requires participants to be at least 16 years old by Dec. 28, 2022, and in high school. However, they may stay with their parents/guardians in their hotels. Urbana will not pay for their housing or childcare.

Are pets allowed at Urbana?

Pets aren’t allowed at Urbana venues, but service animals (meeting federal regulation criteria) are welcome. If you are going to bring a service animal, please notify Urbana and your hotel in advance.

Where can I order Urbana swag?

Grab Urbana 22 gear here.

PRICING & FINANCIAL AID

How much does it cost to go to Urbana?

Registration costs $715 for general participants. Students will get $100 off — if they register as students.

At the time of registration, you’re only required to pay a non-refundable $75 deposit to reserve your space. You can pay the remaining balance in several installments throughout the year or all at once just as long as it’s before you check in on Dec. 28, 2022. Registration fees must be paid in USD funds with credit/debit card, check, or money order. Urbana does not retain registration information from past conferences, so everyone will have to create a new account when they register.

What’s covered in my registration fee?

The registration fee includes access to conference programing (Dec. 28-31). You are responsible for housing, travel, and all meals. Urbana’s registration system, however, does give you the opportunity to reserve a hotel room at a discounted rate starting Sept. 7, 2022.

How much should I budget to attend Urbana 22?

Registration costs $715 for general participants. Students will get $100 off — if they register as students.

Housing: If you take advantage of Urbana’s discounted rate on hotel rooms, plan on spending about $125-150 plus tax each night. Finding roommates can help lower the cost.

Meals: Plan on spending around $120. But this can vary a lot based on where you eat while travelling and on-site.

Transportation: Costs will obviously vary based on where you’re traveling from, but we recommend budgeting $500 as a rough starting number.

Are scholarships or financial aid available?

If you live in the U.S., contact your local InterVarsity campus ministers. Also, reach out to your local church, Christian college chaplain or spiritual life office (if applicable), or other campus ministries. They may have sources of financial aid.

If you live outside of the U.S., please contact your local IFES movement to ask about scholarships for Urbana.

And finally, consider signing up for conference updates to get the best discounts!

How do I apply an Urbana Gift Card?

Gift cards purchased at Urbana 18 may be used to reduce your Urbana 22 registration fee. Your gift card contains a unique identification number. Enter that number in the discount code box when you register for Urbana.

Gift cards are not a method of payment and therefore do not cover the $75 non-refundable deposit. Gift cards can only be used once, and only one gift card can be used per registration. Gift cards expire Dec. 3, 2022.

To use both a discount code and an Urbana Gift Card, register with the discount code and then email urbana.information@intervarsity.org with the gift card information to have it applied.

Already registered?
Email urbana.information@intervarsity.org with the gift card code, so it can be applied to your account.

Need to cancel your registration?
Urbana Gift Cards are not eligible for a cash refund; however, you may transfer your gift card to another participant by emailing urbana.information@intervarsity.org.

What if I lost my Urbana Gift Card?

Per the terms and conditions on the card when purchased (see below), Urbana isn’t responsible for lost or stolen Urbana Gift Cards. These cards now expire Dec. 3, 2022.

The card’s terms and conditions state: “Only one card can be applied per participant. It cannot be redeemed or exchanged for cash. Urbana will not give reimbursements for lost or stolen Urbana 21 Gift Cards. Treat this card like cash and keep it in a secure location.”

You may want to consider contacting local InterVarsity campus ministers about possible scholarship options. Your church, Christian college chaplain or spiritual life office (if applicable), or other campus ministries may also have sources of financial aid.

Also, consider signing up for conference updates to get the best discounts!

REGISTRATION

Who is considered a student?

Urbana considers you a student if:

  • You are currently enrolled as a college or graduate student.
  • You graduated in 2021 or 2022.
  • You are in high school and are at least 16 years old by Dec. 28, 2022.

Can international students studying in the U.S. or Canada attend Urbana?

International students who have attended a U.S. or Canadian college or university at any time during 2022 can participate in Urbana 22.

In order to attend, international students must provide all necessary paperwork and visas. These documents must be active for the duration of the conference. Urbana isn’t able to help with visa concerns, including letters of invitation.

Can those outside the U.S. and Canada go to Urbana?

People from other countries are welcome, especially anyone involved with International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). However, Urbana isn’t able to help with visa concerns, including letters of invitation. You can register now. You should receive a confirmation email (check your spam folder too) after registering. If you don’t see it, contact us online or call 608-443-3700.

Can IFES staff attend Urbana?

Yes, IFES staff should contact their regional secretary about attending Urbana 22. Please note Urbana isn’t able to help with visa concerns, including letters of invitation. IFES staff (and their spouses if applicable) choosing to participate in the conference should register as a General Attendee. However, if they have been asked to volunteer or work during the conference, they should contact the Urbana Team Member overseeing their on-site job for specific registration instructions.

How does Urbana handle groups?

We require all participants to register individually. However, if you would like to offer a specific discount code to your group, email us to begin the process.

Colleges, churches, and other ministries sending a group may make (non-tax-deductible) payments for registrants via check using the Check Payment for Multiple Registrants Form. To make payments for group members via credit card, please contact 608-443-3700.

In September, you can start booking a block of hotel rooms for your group, and once you all arrive for Urbana, you can sit together during general sessions without having to reserve seating. Find more information about group housing under the Housing & Travel Section.

How and when do I need to pay my balance?

You can pay the remaining balance in several installments throughout the year or all at once. Credit card payments must be made by Dec. 28, 2022. Checks must be received by Dec. 11, 2022, made payable to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and sent to:

Urbana 22 Registration
P.O. Box 7895
Madison, WI, 53707-7895

  1. Open your registration confirmation email. (Search your email inbox for “Registration Confirmation - Urbana 22”.)
  2. Copy your confirmation number.
  3. Click the link in the email to take you to the Event Summary.
  4. Enter your confirmation number and click OK.
  5. Click Modify.
  6. Click Next until you reach the Submit Payment page.
  7. Pay your balance.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Click Finish.
MODIFICATIONS, CANCELLATIONS, REFUNDS

How do I log into my Urbana registration?

  1. Click here or open your registration confirmation email. (Search your email inbox for “Registration Confirmation - Urbana 22”.)
  2. Copy your confirmation number.
  3. Click the link below your confirmation number to take you to the Event Summary.
  4. Enter your confirmation number and click OK.
  5. To make any changes to your registration (make payments, etc.), click Modify.

How and when do I need to pay my balance?

You can pay the remaining balance in several installments throughout the year or all at once. Credit card payments must be made by Dec. 28, 2022. Checks must be received by Dec. 11, 2022, made payable to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and sent to:

Urbana 22 Registration
P.O. Box 7895
Madison, WI, 53707-7895

  1. Open your registration confirmation email. (Search your email inbox for “Registration Confirmation - Urbana 22”.)
  2. Copy your confirmation number.
  3. Click the link in the email to take you to the Event Summary.
  4. Enter your confirmation number and click OK.
  5. Click Log In.
  6. Click Submit Payment.
  7. Pay your balance.

How do I only pay the $75 deposit when registering?

If you’re paying by credit card, choose Partial Payment under the Payment Method.. Type “75” in the Payment amount text box. You should then be able to complete your registration. Remember that you can pay the remaining balance in several installments (greater than $75) throughout the year or all at once just as long as it’s before you check in on Dec. 28, 2022.

If you’re paying by check, choose this option under the Payment Method heading in our registration system. When you write your check, include your full name and the email address you used for registration, make it payable to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and send it to:

Urbana 22 Registration
P.O. Box 7895
Madison, WI, 53707-7895

How does Urbana handle cancellations and refunds?

To cancel your registration, contact Urbana online or call 608-443-3700. If you cancel by Dec. 13, 2022, you will receive a full refund except for the $75 deposit fee. No refunds will be issued after Dec. 13, 2022. Registrations can’t be substituted or transferred.

Scholarships and discounts aren’t valid if they will result in participants receiving a refund.

HOUSING & TRAVEL

How do I figure out housing and travel?

You are responsible for paying for all travel, meals, and housing costs. However, Urbana has negotiated special rates with many Indianapolis hotels. If you’re interested in this option, Urbana’s Housing Bureau will open on Sept. 7, 2022.

Keep checking the Arrival, Housing, and Travel page for more tips on travel plans and ways to save.

Can I arrange group housing?

Individual and group housing opens Sept. 7, 2022. Details coming soon.

Can I take a bus to Urbana?

Keep checking the Bus info on the Arrival, Housing, and Travel page for the latest updates.

BIBLE STUDIES & WORLD CHANGERS COHORT

What will Bible studies look like?

Every day following the morning general session, we will study the book of Acts together. Students and recent alumni (Class of 2021 and 2022) will be leading tables of nine fellow participants, utilizing scripts and additional resources. These student leaders will be part of the World Changers Cohort.

What is the World Changers Cohort?

The World Changers Cohort consists of students and recent alumni (Class of 2021 and 2022) who will be facilitating morning Bible studies and a call to faith. To find out more about the cohort and how to participate, check out our web page!

How do I sign up for the World Changers Cohort (post registration)?

  1. Open your registration confirmation email. (Search your email inbox for “Registration Confirmed - Urbana 22”.)
  2. Copy your confirmation number.
  3. Click the link in the email to take you to the Event Summary.
  4. Enter your confirmation number and click Log In.
  5. Click Modify.
  6. Click Next until you reach the Registration Items page.
  7. Select the World Changers Cohort
  8. Click Next.
  9. Note the change at the bottom of the Registration Summary page.
  10. Click Next.
  11. Click Finish.
COVID

What does Urbana recommend regarding COVID?

Urbana follows guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state/local governments, including the recommendation for COVID vaccines. Please take appropriate health and safety precautions throughout the conference.

CDC recommendations for people with COVID can be found here .

CDC recommendations for people exposed to someone who tests positive can be found here .

CDC also provides guidance for those who test positive while traveling. Visit up to date recommendations here .

Indiana Department of Health recommendations can be found here .

  • Do not travel OR attend if you feel sick
  • If different, abide by your own state and employer’s policies
  • If appropriate, wear a mask inside
  • Wash your hands frequently and utilize hand sanitizer
  • Follow social distancing guidelines and traffic flow signs
  • Be considerate, patient, and kind

Where do I test for COVID while in Indianapolis?

Urbana will not be providing tests to participants. We recommend bringing a COVID test with you as an extra precaution, but there are options for testing in Indianapolis and the wider Marion county. Locations offering free testing can be found here , and most pharmacies carry tests for purchase. If you test positive for COVID, reach out to others with whom you had close contact during the conference, where possible.

Does Urbana require proof of vaccination?

While the CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible, Urbana does not require proof of vaccination. For more information on vaccines, see information here .

Will You Be a Witness?

Come join us at Urbana 22 — a space to discover, discern, and decide your next steps in joining God’s global mission!