YWAM & The University of the Nations

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What is The University of the Nations?

YWAM started a university so every sphere of society could be impacted by a Christian Biblical worldview. The Great Commission is a call to disciple nations, to teach them how to apply God’s ways in business, government, families and every part of life.

How do YWAM & UofN fit together?

The UofN is a ministry of YWAM. Every course you take on a YWAM campus is part of a global university called The University of the Nations.

YWAM’s University of the Nations (UofN) operates in 650 locations in 160 countries, providing programs in approximately 100 languages around the world. 

Can I get a college degree through UofN?

Yes! The UofN offers associate, bachelors and masters degrees in one of our colleges:

  • College of Applied Linguistics & Languages
  • College of the Arts
  • College of Christian Ministries
  • College of Communication
  • College of Counseling
  • College of Education
  • College of Health Care
  • College of Humanities and International Studies
  • College of Science and Technology

What makes UofN unique?

Training that will activate you. We train young people so they can fulfill their missional calling. Our aim is to develop our students’ character, technical skills and knowledge so they can transform lives.

Our training is modular. Unlike typical universities, where students take several subjects in any given quarter or semester, University of the Nations students take only one 12-unit school per quarter. This gives our students an in-depth understanding of that subject. Each week, the school focuses on a different theme within that subject, instructed by international speakers who are respected within their fields. Each school is typically followed by an internship or cross-cultural field assignment to give immediate application of what was learned. We believe the best way to learn is by doing.

An added benefit of the modular system is the relational dynamic it creates. Most of our classes are small enough for our students to get to know one another well. From this comes many lasting friendships, greater cross-cultural understanding and an amazing network of connections within the larger YWAM family.

We study in a live learn environment. Students in the University of the Nations live together in dormitories, study together in class and work together on each UofN campus. This community learning concept embodies the New Testament model of Christians who live and learn together and work toward common objectives. This family-style approach implies a sharing of meals, resources, ideas and talents in a spirit of love and unity. Our students and staff come from many nations, cultures, denominations and generations, and God forms us into a beautiful family. The live-learn concept gives students remarkable access to our faculty and staff, who model the life of Christ in many everyday settings. Through the combination of academic study and community life, students grow in character as well as wisdom.

Multi-Cultural and Cross-Cultural Our courses are offered all over the world with students from multiple nations in each school. You can study the Bible in Taiwan for nine months, then go to another location in Asia to teach others how to study the Bible for themselves. You will learn by doing and you can gain insights while you serve in cultures different from yours.

Is the UofN accredited?

Various accredited institutions throughout the world accept UofN transfer students and credits. UofN is a degree granting institution (Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees), but has not applied for accreditation in any one nation’s educational system. More information on UofN accreditation.

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