University of the Nations

The University of the Nations (UofN) is YWAM´s training platform. The UofN seeks to broaden the idea of how the kingdom of God can be spread through equipping students to serve in all areas of society, in all nations. The UofN is unique. It is global and cross-cultural with courses registered in 60 languages in 400 locations. UofN schools usually take place within a YWAM community and combine classroom teaching with ongoing discipleship and practical service. Learning is accelerated by hands-on application in field situations.

Courses and degrees

The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a prerequisite for all other UofN courses. It is also a requirement for anyone who wants to join YWAM as staff. Taking more courses you can earn a degree as Associate, Bachelor and Masters.

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The UofN has seven faculties/colleges:
  • The Arts
  • Christian Ministries
  • Communication
  • Counseling & Health Care
  • Education
  • Humanities & International Studies
  • Science & Technology
UofN history

In the beginning, YWAM was all about GOING, sending out teams of young people without lot of training. With time, there was a need for a basic discipleship training program, so the Discipleship Training School (DTS), was started. A few years down the road God gave a somewhat surprising idea: a university. YWAM was not supposed to be a university! But God gave us a clear instruction and YWAM founded a university. To begin with it had more of a regional focus as the Pacific & Asia Christian University (PACU) was founded 1978 in Kona, Hawaii. As schools spread and developed in many nations the name no longer reflected the worldwide scope of the university. In 1989 the name was changed to The University of the Nations.