FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You don't need to be the perfect Christian to do a DTS. All we ask is that you have made Jesus the King and Savior of your life, and have a desire to grow in your faith. Other than that, you just need to be at least 18 years old (or have your GED or high-school diploma).
Yep! The University of the Nations gives 12 credits for the lecture phase and 1 credit for each week of outreach. There are over 300 campuses (bases) located throughout the United States and around the world, and YWAM Orlando is one of those campuses! You can find more information about the University of the Nations here.
The University of the Nations is a degree-granting institution (Associate, Bachelor, Master). While it isn’t accredited by an accrediting agency or association recognized by the U.S. Commissioner of Education, various accredited institutions throughout the world accept U of N transfer students and credits.
You can call our office at 407-273-1667 between 10 am - 5:30 pm EST or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love hearing from you and will gladly answer any of your questions!
Typically we process DTS applications within 2 business days as long as you've filled out all the needed fields in the application and there aren't any other extenuating circumstances! Secondary schools may take a bit longer.
We carefully consider every application to see if this is the best time and place for each applicant. For example, if you are currently using, or have recently come off illegal drugs, this might not be the best place for you. We are not equipped to help you through that type of situation as well as some other ministries might be.
Additionally, if your grasp of the English language is not fluent enough for you to speak, read, and write it easily, then participating in a school here will be challenging.
You bet! YWAM is made up of families. It is very important for husbands and wives to take the school together. The DTS deals with heart changes, so it's best for the marriage that spouses work through things together. Contact our admissions office for information on what will best suit your family - a nanny, local schools or local daycare options.
You definitely need a passport! If you do not already have one, please apply for it before leaving your home to come to Orlando for the DTS! We will purchase tickets within a few weeks of the beginning of the school. Some outreach locations require visas; in order to even apply for a visa, you must have a passport in hand.
Once accepted, you will be given all the paperwork to apply for a visa necessary to participate in our DTS. This is not a guarantee that you will be granted the visa (some countries' citizens have a more difficult time obtaining US visas than others). Once we have determined where you will be going on outreach, we will take care of getting your visa for that country.
It is imperative that you make us aware of any medical conditions, food allergies, etc., you might have so that we can do our best to work with you. If you have a condition that precludes you from leaving the country, we would try to work out an in-country outreach so you can still finish your DTS.
If you are participating in a DTS, yes, you are required to live on campus for the duration of your lecture phase. If you have friends and family living nearby, you are more than welcome to visit them!
Everyone in YWAM is financially supported by family, friends, and churches - no one works outside of the ministry. As a student, you have a full-time schedule. Of course, there are free weekends and some evening times, but we want these training schools to be a time set apart for growth and refreshing for you. Adding an outside job into the mix would make that a lot harder.
In order to either earn credits for the DTS or move forward in YWAM, you must complete the outreach. For the CDTS, you have up to one year to complete the outreach. Secondary schools vary from school to school, but for the most part, it is best to go on outreach with your school. If you have concerns about being able to go on outreach, please communicate that with our Admissions Office when or before you apply.