If you are an international student we would love you to join us for NTE in December! NTE provides a unique opportunity for you to meet with other international students studying at university in Australia. Together you will hear what the Bible says about issues that you're thinking about.


This year the FOCUS talks for International students will run on Sunday and Tuesday from 11:30-1:00pm in the Terrace Room. It is a time for all international students to come together and participate in session prepared especially for you. This year, we have Jonathan Baird from Wollongong FOCUS  giving each talk.

Jon serves at the University of Wollongong overseeing the FOCUS ministry among international students. He enjoys running, good-natured banter and most sports. Despite being half Filipino & half Aussie, and despite working with FOCUS, Jon speaks only English. But he is very thankful to know God in His spoken word. Jon is married to Morwenna and they have two primary school-aged kids. 


FOCUS Strand Groups

Strand groups are small groups in which you will look at a particular passage of the Bible, or biblical teaching and learn the skills to be able to explain the passage to someone else.
There are four strands that have been written in easy-to-understand English:
Strand 101
Investigating Christianity
Strand 1
Understanding the New Testament
Strand 2
Understanding the Old Testament
Strand 3
Systematic Theology
Strand 1:
Mandarin, Indonesian, Japanese
Strand 2:
Mandarin and Indonesian. 
Strand 3:
When you are registering for NTE, make sure you select a FOCUS English, Mandarin, Indonesian or Japanese strand. Where possible, we will place you in a strand group with students who speak the same language as you.

FOCUS Electives

Living as a Chinese Christian

You’re studying in Australia.  You may have many questions about what will happen after graduation?  This elective will help you know how to live God’s way as a Chinese Christian.  This elective will be in Mandarin.

Returning Home to Family and Church

Many things have changed since you left home and came to study in Australia. Perhaps the biggest change is becoming a Christian! What will it be like to return home? How will you honour your parents as a Christian? What will church be like back in your country? Come and find out! 

Moving From Uni to Work

When you finish study, what will working-life be like? What expectations will there be? How can we adjust? Maybe you’ve become a Christian! This changes how we think about life and all other things. How can work to fit into God's plans for our world? Come and find out!