The University of the Nations (UofN) is an integral part of YWAM and is the means by which we equip people. YWAM Harpenden pioneers and multiplies training programs which equip trainees with skills and knowledge and focus on Christ-centred character development. Trainees will be equipped and then sent out to pioneer and multiply God’s kingdom throughout the nations.

After finish a YWAM DTS, there is the opportunity to pursue further training, leading to you completing an accredited degree in your chosen field of expertise. At YWAM Harpenden we offer modular degree tracks in Humanities, Communications, Christian Ministry and Leadership. As well as seminars in the Arts and Family Ministries.


Your journey with Youth With A Mission starts with the YWAM DTS. This six-month course is a complete introduction to world missions including foundational Christian teaching in the Kingdom of God and discipleship. Our live/learn environment enables students to learn in a vibrant community of dedicated believers working together to know God and make Him known. After the three-month lecture phase here in Harpenden, your team will visit one of our long-term partner nations and experience hands-on missions work. This three-month outreach phase is about putting your learning into practice, sharing the gospel, and serving practical needs. Once you have completed your YWAM DTS there are so many exciting paths and opportunities open to you, including second level training programs and joining a YWAM community on staff!


You can get your BA on multiple continents with YWAM’s University of the Nations, but generally we encourage trainees work towards their Associate of Arts Degree in one location. Named an AA Degree, this is the same as a Diploma in England which adds up to half a Bachelor of Arts (BA). Here in Harpenden we currently offer four different AA tracks with the potential of this extending to six options by 2017. An AA can take at least two years but it also gives you the added bonus of being discipled as you go, in your character, work ethic and spiritual life which we believe is a fantastic approach to Christian education.



If you are not sure what you want to be doing but would like to continue in Christian ministry we offer a brilliant follow on course called the School of Ministry Development (SOMD). This is an introductory missionary training course helping you to determine your passions and interests, the SOMD looks at motivational gifting, personal vision and mission development and enables you to gain experience in all kinds of ministerial contexts as well as communication skills and learning to lead others.



This foundational leadership course is designed to help you discover your leadership calling and equip you with the tools and experience you need. The Basic Leadership School combines classroom teaching, personal mentoring, and practical application to help you grow in authority, lead with character and humility, and encourage others to find their leadership calling.



A ‘School’ in YWAM is a full time three to six month module. Our three month modular approach to classroom learning is based on full time learning each week for twelve weeks which is the equivalent to one full year at a regular University. If that is too long for you we also offer all kinds of shorter courses we call ‘Seminars’. Ranging from one week to six weeks, this option gives you more opportunities for specialist training which can be fitted around other work commitments and responsibilities. All of our seminars are accredited internationally and can therefore can be used together if you are working towards your BA in a certain area.



YWAM’s University of the Nations (UofN) is a global Christian University that uses an integrated approach to ministry, including evangelism, training, and the meeting of physical needs. All of our training is presented biblically but worked out and applied practically. The UofN seeks to broaden the scope of evangelistic endeavours by equipping students to serve in all spheres of society, in all nations, in response to Jesus’ declaration that we are to be the salt of the Earth and the light of the world.

Our educational outcomes focus on learning to think biblically and discern spiritually, applying scriptural truth to every area of human life effectively preparing trainees to go into the nations where they are called to serve.

As part of the Global Accreditation system, every trainee can join in on a variety of modules which will go towards a full degree in their chosen field. Each course in every College/Faculty of the UofN is a ‘multiplier for missions,’ serving to increase the workers, resources, and ministries for the mission field. International in scope, the courses provide cross-cultural training related to the specific educational content, and are designed to be applicable in real-life situations.

A module consists of an intensive training course lasting three months. This is the equivalent of one full year at a conventional University. At YWAM Harpenden we offer three modular degree tracks in Humanities, Communications, Christian Ministry and Leadership, as well as seminars in the Arts and Family Ministries.


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