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Applied Tecnology in Online Learning ( GEN 192 )

This Course will equip school leaders and Staff in designing, planning and running online training programs.

Bible Core Course ( CHR 227 )

This Course gives students a good understanding of the Inductive approach to Bible study, learning how to think critically, equipping them with tools for life. The students read through the whole Bible and every type of biblical genre is studied, with books from both the Old and New Testament. All types of teaching and learning styles are experienced. A NT Timeline and OT Timeline are completed, bringing a great overview of the Bible. Students learn how to memorize and meditate on the Word. They are given opportunities to gain experience in facilitating a Bible study, and enhance their skills in teaching and preaching the Word. They study Hebrew poetry through Psalms and Proverbs and the historical background of each book. 

This course can be taken online. See for details.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Biblical Core Course CHR 227 12 English 21 Sep 2022 16 Dec 2022

Communication and Culture ( APL 041 )

The Communication and Culture Course is designed to equip non-native English speakers with a heart for missions by increasing their English communication skills in all areas while learning about different cultures. Classroom instruction utilizes interactive methods of learning that are fun and effective.

Communication & Culture I ( APL 243 )

ECO stands for English Cultural Orientation. The purpose of this 12-week school is to equip people with the English language and knowledge of the culture, so that they can communicate effectively in the most widely spoken language of today’s world. This is accomplished by immersion in the English language from day one in an English-speaking nation. Along with English, trainees will learn about and celebrate several different cultures and be given many opportunities to learn more about God. Trainees will participate in fun and engaging classes at the Beginner or Intermediate level (based on current level of English). They will also have times of worship, intercessory prayer, social activities and small groups—all in English.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
English Cultural Orientation APL 243 12 English 21 Sep 2022 16 Dec 2022

Community Development Seminar (DEV 165) ( DEV 165 )

This seminar is designed to introduce participants to key issues related to community development, including what is understood by the terms 'community' and 'development', focusing on holistic Biblical development and critical issues related to avoiding dependency and promoting empowerment of communities. There is also discussion of the difference between relief and development and the importance of knowing what is an appropriate response to each, as well as an introduction to community assessment and being involved with communities based on an appreciative / asset-based approach rather than a wholly needs-based approach.

Discipleship Training School (DTS) ( DSP 211 )

This school is an intensive Christian discipleship course beginning with an 11 or 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed by an 8-12 week practical field assignment. It is a prerequisite for all other courses in the University of the Nations, and also serves to orient and prepare all new Youth With A Mission (YWAM) staff. The DTS is designed to encourage students in personal character development, cultivating their relationship with God and identifying their unique. gifts and callings. Cross-cultural exposure and global awareness are special emphases throughout the course, preparing the students to evangelize and disciple current and future generations, answering the call to Go into all the world and teach (make disciples of) all nations. (Matthew 28:19). The curriculum is in the following six major categories: God's nature and character; God's intention for individuals, peoples and nations; seeing all of life from God's perspective; redemption, sin, and the Cross; God's family - the Church; God's world - His call and commission; the ministries of YWAM. Focused DTS's: In some locations the DTS is offered with a particular focus, such as the Crossroads DTS, Operation Year DTS, University DTS, Sports DTS, Arts DTS, etc.Credit will be given for this course with satisfactory completion of DSP 212.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Catalyst Discipleship Training School (DTS) DSP 211 12 English 21 Sep 2022 16 Dec 2022

Documentary Filmmaking School ( CMC 273 )

This school aims to train and equip new talent to be relevant storytellers using visual media to document facts, real-life stories, and events with honesty and integrity. Topics include Worldview, Documentary Film process overview, project management, and content development, scriptwriting and research, basic editing with Final Cut Pro X; Camera skills and lighting, sound, directing and interviewing, working in teams and team dynamics. During the course, trainees will produce an individual and group documentary project and final screening.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Documentary Filmmaking School CMC 273 12 English 21 Sep 2022 16 Dec 2022

English Language Seminar ( APL 143 )

ECO stands for English Cultural Orientation. The purpose of this 6-week seminar is to equip people with the English language and knowledge of the culture, so that they can communicate effectively in the most widely spoken language of today’s world. Along with English, trainees will learn about and celebrate several different cultures and be given many opportunities to learn more about God. Trainees will participate in fun and engaging classes at the Elementary Pre Intermediate and Intermediate level (based on current level of English). They will also have times of worship, intercessory prayer, one on ones and small groups all in English.

Hospitality Ministry Seminar ( ATS 143 )

YWAM affirms the ministry of hospitality as an expression of God’s character and the value of people. We believe it is important to open our hearts, homes and campuses to serve and honor one another, our guests and the poor and needy, not as acts of social protocol, but as expressions of generosity.” Value 17. In the seminar hospitality from a Biblical foundation will be explored. Hospitality is about aligning ourselves with God's heart for others. Why do we value Hospitality in YWAM? What does Hospitality look like cross-culturally? How do we prepare for a guest speaker? How to integrate Hospitality within an event? These are some of the questions that are addressed in a seminar. There can also be an optional practicum where students will apply all they have learned through facilitating a series of hospitality expressions during existing events and hospitality ministries.

Marine Astro Navigation ( SCI 129 )

The Marine Astro Navigation follows the completion of the Intro to Astronomy course, as a highly recommended prerequisite, but is not always required (dependant on the individual's experience and previous education). This course covers the basics of navigating by the stars while on board a vessel. The course will help those trainees looking to go for the Yachtmasters Ocean license with understanding the astro navigation requirement. Before undertaking this course, the candidate will have to have a valid: Marine fitness medical (from any countries, provided it is ILO/IMO approved) STCW Basic Safety Training certificate

Marine Crew Supplementary 1 ( SCI 127 )

This Marine Crew Supplementary 1 course is to cover a bundle of day courses most trainees will need to serve on board a vessel, and to continue their certification process. We will cover the Royal Yacht Association (RYA) Radar and VHF courses, along with the Food Hygiene Level 2 course. Depending on the trainee's desired certification, these courses may be required for their certification.

Marine Engineering Foundations ( SCI 123 )

The six-week Marine Engineering Foundations (MEF) course is designed for those who wish to progress to be a ship’s engineer or a duel deck engineer (a deckhand and engineer). Upon completion of the MEF course, trainees must attend an Approved Engine Course (AEC). It is a four-day course (30 hours) that provides the practical basic hands-on training and theoretical knowledge of engines and associated systems. The Approved Engine Course (AEC) is the first level qualification for the MCA Engineering Officer training scheme. This four-day course is to obtain the legal certification for the knowledge obtained and service time accrued during time with us.

Marine Navigation Foundations ( SCI 224 )

The Marine Navigation Foundations (MNF) course gives trainees the tools and foundations needed to get in the Captain's chair and take the gospel to all nations. The MNF course pairs the Royal Yachting Association's Day Skipper curriculum with further discipleship through the UofN, for those who desire to progress to a ships officer. This is one of the few RYA programs on earth that is offered in a christian community that includes discipleship and missional vision building along with navigational training. Training is offered, not only with UofN standards, but with the standards set by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), International Shipping Federation (ISF), and international Standards for Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention.

Marine Navigation Practical Preparation ( SCI 124 )

This Marine Navigation Practical Preparation is a two-week intensive for those who are getting ready to take their Yachtmaster Practical Exam with the RYA. The two weeks will be used to refresh the trainee's knowledge and experience. We suggest that the RYA Yachtmaster Exam is taken soon after this course, as to keep the information and practice fresh.

Marine Safety and Seamanship ( SCI 122 )

This is an introductory four-week course, following the trainee's completion of a STCW Basic Training course, to teach trainees basic Marine Safety and Seamanship (MSS). This course is for anyone who is interested in becoming a crew member of a YWAM ship, or to gain the training, experience, and certifications needed to work in the international maritime industry. During the MSS, trainees will not only receive training based off of the University of the Nations requirements, but will gain the skills and knowledge required from the the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), International Shipping Federation (ISF), and international Standards for Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention.

Methods and Models of Adult Education Seminar 2 ( EDN 172 )

This course equips participants to take a lead role in facilitating adult learning in a variety of formal, non-formal and informal contexts. Adult learning here refers to all post-secondary learning whether formal or informal. It was initially developed to prepare course leaders to be effective in their roles within a U of N course. But it is equally applicable in other contexts such as training small groups in a community, facilitating adult learning one on one, online learning, etc

School of Biblical Studies Seminar ( CHR 113 )

The vision of this Bible Seminar is to make the Bible accessible for everyone. So often we hear the phrase, that the Bible is for everyone. But not everyone knows how to read or study it. First and foremost the Bible is God’s word and it is God’s story with His people. But God wants to speak to everyone of us through His word. The Bible is not just a book to study and to understand but it is revelation bringing as soon as we invite the Holy Spirit into this process. Our vision is to end Bible poverty and bring Bible literacy.

School of Communication Foundations ( CMC 211 )

This program lays essential foundations in biblical communication, while advancing the individual's skill and confidence in speaking, writing and listening. It aims to sharpen the student's ability to communicate clearly through cross-cultural and interpersonal dynamics, and equips students with principles of preparing and delivering a message to a variety of audiences. Through provoking instruction and discussion, practical assignments, and video evaluation, students discover their place and potential as effective influencers in the public forum. This course meets the U of N Core Curriculum requirement for Communication.

School of International Relations & Diplomacy ( HMT 361 )

The School of International Relations & Diplomacy (SIRD) is designed to challenge student to develop a biblical perspective and worldview in the area of government, international relations, and Diplomacy. To equip students to engage on a deeper level in the Sphere of Government, while creating a strong academic and spiritual foundation on which they are able to build right thinking that reflect the Lords heart and Kingdom values as they serve, wrestle, and engage in this sphere. In addition, it will equip students with greater understanding of international current events within a historical context. Students will learn about regional issues and conflicts from highly respected speakers whom are either nationals or have lived and worked extensively in various regions of the world. The students will learn to become facilitators of peace, justice, and reconciliation in the domains of international relations and diplomacy.

School of Missions ( CHR 235 )

An overview of missions with some specific skill training is introduced during the initial three-month course and then developed further during the field assignment. Topics include: biblical and historical foundations for missions; intercultural communication (principles of and skills for learning another language and culture); missions strategy (evangelism and church planting, church growth, intercession and spiritual warfare, healing, signs and wonders, community development); personal and team relationships (the worker's relationship with God, interpersonal relationships, leadership and authority, team building and team dynamics, developing and relating with a prayer/financial support team). Depending on where the School of Missions is offered, there may be a particular emphasis on a geographical region, demographic category (e.g., urban, rural poor, etc.) and/or cultural/religious grouping (Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Tribals, etc.). Some emphases could be: Frontiers: focuses on unreached people groups among Muslims, Hindus, Tribals and Buddhists. The purpose is to train workers for living and ministering among unreached people groups with church planting as a strategy in discipling new converts; Strategic: focuses on deploying pioneering teams as the basic vehicle for addressing strategic areas of need throughout the world. Strategic missions embraces both short-term and long-term strategies to accomplish all aspects of ministry, including the planting of both local churches and missions structures. Pioneering: focuses on equipping individuals and teams to pioneer new ministries in geographical areas and societal spheres, and to help clarify callings, develop vision and learn how to implement a pioneer project. Note: College of Christian Ministries degree students will not be awarded credit for this course until both the lecture and field assignment are satisfactorily completed.

School of Storytelling & Digital Photography ( CMC 277 )

The School of Photography and Storytelling - SPS is designed to develop, equip and inspire Christians and Missionaries in the art and craft of storytelling through photography. Trainees will be encouraged to see this medium as a powerful tool for the Kingdom of God. The program will be an intensive three-month course and will be taught from a Christian world-view with instructors from different nations and different backgrounds. The School of Photography and Storytelling - SPS is not only about improving skills and techniques, but about how we can inspire others to know Christ through photography. We believe that every photographer can be led by the living word God to reveal His character through images. When we see the world with eyes of the heart, we can engage in an act of both reverence and self-expression. (Ephesians 1:18)

STCW Basic Training ( SCI 121 )

The Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Basic Training is an internationally recognised, regulated, and trusted training program required for all commercial maritime personnel world-wide. Training covers Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention, Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibility, and Proficiency in Security Awareness as per STCW code. This Basic Training is paired with the curriculum standards of the University of the Nations to ensure a deeper understanding of the content, and to continue your discipleship journey. The STCW and International Maritime Organisation (IMO) are the regulating bodies of the Basic Training. The Basic Training and is offered at a STCW and MCA approved facility in partnership with the UofN Maritime Academy.

Visual Arts in Contemporary Culture ( ATS 154 )

The Seminar of Visual Arts in Contemporary Culture studies the sources of the current culture, reexamining key moments in history to better understand today's world. The Seminar focuses on the visual arts, and their impact on modernity and postmodernity. It seeks to contribute to the formation of new metaphors and expressions for artists, that redefine and reinterpret our value as creatives, in our interconnected society. We aim to facilitate dialogue with present culture so participants can grow in discernment infused with a Biblical worldview, which will provide useful tools to mature their work. This 4 week seminar is for those involved in visual arts, whether as makers, curators, managers, documenters or producers, with the goal of each student being able to produce a plan for a practical project by the last day.