• Finances
  • How do I apply for financial assistance?

    You MUST formally apply and be accepted into a UofN Kona school before you will be considered for student financial assistance. Once accepted, your school leader or the Student Services Office will help you secure the necessary application forms.

  • How will I be notified if I have received a financial award?

    Within one week of a decision, the Financial Assistance Team will notify in writing those school leaders whose students will be receiving awards. School leaders have the responsibility of notifying their students.

  • Is financial assistance available for DTS students?

    Generally, no. This school teaches many aspects of the nature and character of God, including his role as provider. Over the last 20 years, thousands of DTS students have experienced miraculous provision before and during their school as they have asked God to provide their school fees. At present, campus funds are available only for students from countries who are unable to do a DTS in their region because of religious persecution or extraordinary hardship. Recommendation from a YWAM leader is required.

  • What does financial assistance cover?

    Financial assistance awards are applied to tuition, room and board fees. Airfares, personal expenses and insurance are not covered. Only partial awards are given toward a student’s UofN Kona fees. Students can receive financial assistance more than once, but they must reapply for it each time they take a new UofN Kona school.

  • When should I apply for financial assistance?

    There is a limited pool of funds available each term so those who apply up to six months prior to their school’s start date are more likely to receive funds. Completed applications must be received by the first Friday of the month prior to the school start date. Send applications to: Financial Assistance Team, 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy. #35, Kailua-Kona HI, 96740-2199 USA or email to financialassistance@uofnkona.edu. Applications received after a school starts will not be considered.

  • Is financial assistance available in other UofN Kona schools?

    Yes, but most current funds are designated for students from B and C category nations (as identified in the UofN International Reference Guide). Awards are typically made on the basis of a student’s need, leadership potential, a long-term missions calling and clearly stated ministry goals. At present students from industrialized nations are eligible for assistance from only two funds. These include the Mary Graham Endowment Fund (for continuing School of Biblical Studies students) and the DeFreitas Fund (for degree students and long-term YWAMers who have been serving overseas and need further training to continue their ministry).

  • What are the academic requirements?

    All applicants must be in good standing academically, morally and financially with the UofN Kona community. Audit students and those on academic probation are not eligible. Students who withdraw will be expected to repay the assistance awarded them. Students who have an “I” grade (incomplete) will need to complete the course before being considered for further assistance. Students who have failed a course will not be given assistance to repeat the failed course.

  • Do I get paid as a YWAM missionary?

    YWAM missionaries do not receive a salary or remuneration from YWAM. Each staff member must raise their own finances – through partnership of friends, families, and/or churches – in order to serve within YWAM. Read more information here.

  • How can people make donations to a YWAM missionary?

    If the individual is a full-time missionary with YWAM and has a missions account with the University of the Nations Kona Foundation, donations can be made online or by check. For further questions, please contact the finance office or the YWAM missionary you desire to support.

  • Kona
  • What is a DTS?

    The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is YWAM’s six month entry-level course. 3 months of lecture and 2-3 months of outreach in the nations. For more information click here.

  • Should staff get immunizations?

    We encourage all staff and students to come with the appropriate updates on immunizations. These are the following:

    • Polio
    • Diphtheria
    • Tetanus
    These updates are required every 10 years, if you are unsure of your last immunization, check with your doctor. Please, for your own safety, ensure that you are up to date with these before coming to the lecture phase of your school so that you will be prepared in advance for your field assignment. For overseas field assignments we recommend that all staff and students receive further vaccines, these are the following:
    • Typhoid
    • Hepatitis A
    • Hepatitis B
    We encourage you to have these immunizations before joining us as vaccines are expensive and foreign students/staff pay more once they are in the United States. We may also be encouraging students and staff to take medicine to help prevent malaria and to use mosquito nets during the field assignment – this depends on the location of your field assignment. If you would prefer, you can bring malaria medication with you from home or we can purchase this for you here.

  • Staff
  • How do I start working with YWAM?

    To join YWAM you must complete a Discipleship Training School (DTS). After DTS, you can become YWAM staff and serve as a missionary all over the world, or continue on to complete courses or work toward a degree from the University of the Nations.

  • Where can I go as a YWAM missionary?

    YWAM currently operates in more than 1,500 locations in at least 187 countries worldwide. Read more information here.

  • Do I get paid as a YWAM missionary?

    YWAM missionaries do not receive a salary or remuneration from YWAM. Each staff member must raise their own finances – through partnership of friends, families, and/or churches – in order to serve within YWAM. Read more information here.

  • How can people make donations to a YWAM missionary?

    If the individual is a full-time missionary with YWAM and has a missions account with the University of the Nations Kona Foundation, donations can be made online or by check. For further questions, please contact the finance office or the YWAM missionary you desire to support.

  • What about Staff Insurance?

    All staff must arrive in Kona with their own health insurance that is valid in the United States and covers health costs incurred here. U of N Kona does not provide insurance for anyone on campus – students, staff or mission builders – and cannot be held responsible for any of their medical costs. Proof of insurance will be required on your arrival day (for students) when you go to staff services to get your staff ID card (for staff). This insurance must cover your entire time in Kona. Short-term health insurance can be purchased online before you arrive. To find different options available, research “short-term health insurance” and find an option that meets your health needs. For liability reasons, the University of the Nations cannot recommend a health insurance provider.

  • What are the General Staff Opportunities?

    • School staff: registrar, DTS staff, upper level courses staff, school leaders
    • Leadership Track, Prayer Room
    • Banyan Tree Cafe: baristas
    • Education: Foundation school teachers, preschool teachers
    • Communications & Media: graphic designers, web designers, writers, video editors, etc.
    • IT / Tech: programmers, project managers, UI designers, etc.
    • Maintenance & Grounds: auto mechanics, landscapers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, irrigation specialist, heavy equipment operator, architect, etc.
    • Science & Technology
    • Student & Staff Services
    • Finance Office
    • Counseling Office

          If you're interested in staffing with YWAM Kona, apply online

  • What are the Staff Fees?

    There's a quarterly fee for all staff. $75 for singles and $120 for couples. Those who live on campus pay $400 per month for housing.  The meals are $2 each.  See full details.

  • Students Participants
  • What day do I arrive?

    Each of our schools have an arrival day, it is listed under school information. The first day of the quarter is also the arrival day.  Please book your arrival for that day, and after registration, your room will be ready and waiting for you.

  • What about school for my children?

    If you are applying for a DTS or UofN Course your children are eligible to attend Foundation School.  Arrangments for your child's school needs to be finalized before any YWAM Kona school can finish processing your application. Details about the school are found at Foundation School's webpage.  Typically during the summer, there is no Foundation School offered.  

  • What are the student fees?

    Deadlines, fees and refund policy here.

  • How do I apply?

    1. Apply online here.
    2. Pay application fee (link above)
    3. You will be contacted by YWAM Kona staff.
    4. Upon acceptance, you will receive school and arrival information via email.
    5. Verify visa information here for non-US citizens.
    6. Pay initial tuition deposit.

  • How do I apply for financial assistance?

    You MUST formally apply and be accepted into a UofN Kona school before you will be considered for student financial assistance. Once accepted, your school leader or the Student Services Office will help you secure the necessary application forms.

  • Is financial assistance available for DTS students?

    Generally, no. This school teaches many aspects of the nature and character of God, including his role as provider. Over the last 20 years, thousands of DTS students have experienced miraculous provision before and during their school as they have asked God to provide their school fees. At present, campus funds are available only for students from countries who are unable to do a DTS in their region because of religious persecution or extraordinary hardship. Recommendation from a YWAM leader is required.

  • What are the academic requirements?

    All applicants must be in good standing academically, morally and financially with the UofN Kona community. Audit students and those on academic probation are not eligible. Students who withdraw will be expected to repay the assistance awarded them. Students who have an “I” grade (incomplete) will need to complete the course before being considered for further assistance. Students who have failed a course will not be given assistance to repeat the failed course.

  • Vaccines / Immunizations

    We encourage all staff and students to come with the appropriate updates on immunizations. These are the following:

    • Polio
    • Diphtheria
    • Tetanus
    These updates are required every 10 years, if you are unsure of your last immunization, check with your doctor. Please, for your own safety, ensure that you are up to date with these before coming to the lecture phase of your school so that you will be prepared in advance for your field assignment. For overseas field assignments we recommend that all staff and students receive further vaccines, these are the following:
    • Typhoid
    • Hepatitis A
    • Hepatitis B
    We encourage you to have these immunizations before joining us as vaccines are expensive and foreign students/staff pay more once they are in the United States. We may also be encouraging students and staff to take medicine to help prevent malaria and to use mosquito nets during the field assignment – this depends on the location of your field assignment. If you would prefer, you can bring malaria medication with you from home or we can purchase this for you here.

  • What is a DTS?

    The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is YWAM’s six month entry-level course. 3 months of lecture and 2-3 months of outreach in the nations. For more information click here.

  • Where can I go as a YWAM missionary?

    YWAM currently operates in more than 1,500 locations in at least 187 countries worldwide. Read more information here.

  • UOFN
  • What is a DTS?

    The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is YWAM’s six month entry-level course. 3 months of lecture and 2-3 months of outreach in the nations. For more information click here.

  • What is the University of the Nations?

    The University of the Nations (U of N) is a university founded on biblical principles that equips students to serve in all spheres of society and in all nations. To achieve this, we teach students to think biblically, discern spiritually and apply scriptural truth to every area of life. Where is the U of N? The U of N has registered courses in 97 languages, across 142 nations in 600 locations each year. What is the U of N’s relationship to YWAM? The U of N is the training arm of YWAM. Here YWAM missionaries can gain further training in order to better serve the communities they are trying to reach.

  • Can I get a degree through the UofN?

    Yes, the U of N offers Associate’s degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, Graduate Diplomas and Master’s degrees. Is the U of N accredited? While the U of N has not applied for accreditation in any nation’s educational system, various accredited institutions throughout the world accept U of N transfer students and credits.

  • What courses are available at the UofN?

    Countless courses are available within the following seven faculties: Arts and Sports, Christian Ministries, Communication, Counseling and Health Care, Education, Humanities and International Studies, and Science and Technology.

  • Do I need to have completed a DTS before taking an upper level course at the UofN?

    Yes, you must complete a DTS before enrolling in any upper level courses at the UofN. Some UofN seminars and lecture weeks are open to the public. Please contact the seminar or school leader for more information. How much do UofN courses cost? Course fees vary depending on the course curriculum, the location the course is held and whether or not a field assignment or internship is required. Please consult the course page for up-to-date information.

  • YWAM
  • What is YWAM?

    Youth With A Mission is an international interdenominational volunteer missions movement. Read more here.

  • What is the mission statement YWAM?

    "To know God and make Him known." For more information click here.

  • What are YWAM’s main activities worldwide?

    Evangelism, Training, and Mercy Ministries. Read more information here.

  • How is YWAM structured?

    YWAM is a decentralized organization that intentionally pushes decision-making as close to the ground as possible.  There are layers of accountability on a global, regional, national and local level. At each  of these levels there is a leadership team that oversees and encourages their staff, ministries, and YWAM locations to follow the vision and values of YWAM, to be focused on the kingdom of God and to serve the body of Christ. Read more information here.

  • How do I start working with YWAM?

    To join YWAM you must complete a Discipleship Training School (DTS). After DTS, you can become YWAM staff and serve as a missionary all over the world, or continue on to complete courses or work toward a degree from the University of the Nations.

  • What is a DTS?

    The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is YWAM’s six month entry-level course. 3 months of lecture and 2-3 months of outreach in the nations. For more information click here.

  • Where can I go as a YWAM missionary?

    YWAM currently operates in more than 1,500 locations in at least 187 countries worldwide. Read more information here.

  • Do I get paid as a YWAM missionary?

    YWAM missionaries do not receive a salary or remuneration from YWAM. Each staff member must raise their own finances – through partnership of friends, families, and/or churches – in order to serve within YWAM. Read more information here.

  • How can people make donations to a YWAM missionary?

    If the individual is a full-time missionary with YWAM and has a missions account with the University of the Nations Kona Foundation, donations can be made online or by check. For further questions, please contact the finance office or the YWAM missionary you desire to support.

  • What areas are included in YWAM’s reference to “the spheres of society?”

    Family, Economics (Science, Technology & Business), Government, Religion, Education, Communication/Media, and Celebration (Arts, Entertainment & Sports).

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