Come Study With UofN Kona

Modular By Design

University of the Nations’ innovative “live-learn” educational model stands out among centers of higher learning. Our founders were from radically different backgrounds: Loren Cunningham is a missions statesman who has ministered in every nation on earth while pioneering the international missionary movement, YWAM (Youth With a Mission) while the late Howard Malmstadt was an esteemed professor/writer, and a brilliant scientist who invented the microprocessor.  They developed a modular learning system where students focus on one subject at a time with outreaches and internships that give them degrees rich in hands on experience. In this system, itinerant teachers with real-world knowledge come each week for training that favors personal application and deep revelation.

International By Design

When you come to Kona, Hawaii you will see immediately why we are called University of the Nations. Every quarter, students come from, and are sent to 30 to 50 nations. Our degree programs are particularly diverse with a majority of degree students coming in from other nations.

As a degree student in Kona, you will be joining a community who loves Jesus and wants to share his love and truth with the world. Regardless of your course of study, expect your experience to be infused with prayer, worship, the Bible, and daily challenges to live radical lives of faith. Teams share the Good News of Jesus on the streets of Hawaii Island, and on outreaches in some of the most far-flung places on earth.

Transformational By Design

At the University of the Nations we believe there is something unique in learning that leads to change.  Most of our classes have a lecture phase and outreach phase.  The learning starts in the classroom, but continues in the field.   This live-learn model of education leads to great transformation for students as well as the communities we serve.

UofN Study Paths

Associate Degrees

These transformational two year degrees are loaded with training and outreach experiences which will challenge your thinking, stretch your heart, and help you discover your calling.

Bachelors Degrees

Go beyond your cultural comforts and deeper in your area of calling as you learn to impact the spheres of society: arts & entertainment, economics, education, family, media, religion, and government.

Masters Degrees

The global nature of the University of the Nations offers unique paths to applied learning with masters programs such as: Applied Linguistics for Bible Translation, Biblical Studies, Music and Worship and Team-based Communication.


These quick but impactful training opportunities span from 1 to 6 weeks and cover a host of readily applicable skills and principles to equip you for your mission and life.


These modular training courses give in-depth training and hands on application opportunities for accelerated learning in each of the University of the Nations’ 8 colleges.

Certificate Programs

These 9 month programs are among our most popular training paths, with either the intensive School of Biblical Study, or the Foundations for Revival & Reformation.

What is a YWAM

A YWAM DTS is a Discipleship Training School. This six month training program is a pre-requisite life experience to starting classes with UofN Kona.

Learn More about this Pre-Requisite >

Explore your interests, passions or area of ministry!

Applied Linguistics & Languages

Language is one of the most fascinating of gifts humanity has received from God. This college will present unique opportunities for the study of any

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Science & Technology

Revealing God’s principles through scientific discovery and innovation to deliver an improved quality of life worldwide.

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Advocating for learning models founded in Biblical truth that will transform communities.

Counseling & Healthcare

Promoting wholeness in Christ through prevention, treatment, and healing of the mind, body, and soul.

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Understanding the skills and tools to infuse the media with relevant expressions of truth, integrity, and quality.

Christian Ministries

Equipping leaders to teach the Bible, make disciples, and respond to Christ’s call to the nations.

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Arts & Sports

Displaying Biblical truth through the integration of artistic, athletic, and creative expression.