YWAM DTS: Frequently Asked Questions

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We’ll begin processing your application once we have received your registration fee, application, and all your references.

$3850 + $50 application fee + Outreach.
The cost of DTS covers tuition, housing, food, and books.

Outreach costs vary from $1500 – $3000 based on the location of the outreach (the cost of living in that location and the cost of transportation to get there).

We do not have scholarships available for DTS. Every student is responsible to raise the funding necessary for both the lecture and outreach phases.
Once we have received your complete application it is our goal to have an answer to you within two-three weeks.  In most cases this happens but occasionally it might take longer if the school leader is out of the country.

Encourage your references to submit their forms back as soon as possible. We cannot process your application without all three reference forms returned to us.

To be eligible for a course, students must first meet the initial entry requirements and successfully submit a completed application and accompanying reference forms.

After we receive the application we carefully pray, asking God if this is the best time and place for each applicant.

Life in DTS is full! Your day will usually start with personal devotions and worship with your classmates and staff. Then you’ll have a few hours together as a class where you’ll learn from that week’s speaker.

Depending on which elective you choose, you may have separate class times and activities.

Outside of class, you’ll be involved in “small groups,” which are discussion groups designed grow your friendships with each other and digest the information from class in a non-threatening environment.

Community Responsibilities: We all share the responsibility of keeping our community running well. Community responsibilities include helping prepare or clean-up meals, cleaning bathrooms, mowing the lawn, weeding the garden, helping with building maintenance, or other projects.

Devotional time: Disciplining ourselves to spend time with God each day is significant to growing in our relationships with Him. This time is specifically set apart each day for that purpose.

Worship: Led by staff and students, worship is a time to focus on God, to praise and thank Him for who He is. Worship is our response to God and is just as unique and creative as each of us.

Intercession: Prayer for others–nations, people, events. During the first week of lecture, you’ll receive training on what intercession is and how to effectively intercede for others.

Homework: Keep in mind that, as a prerequisite for further study within University of the Nations, the DTS is a university course. Homework may include the following: journal entries, book reports, geography quizzes, Bible study and memory work. We know that each person has different learning styles, so we incorporate several creative and fun projects.

Freetime: We know that all work and no play makes it very hard to learn and stay motivated. So there are definitely free hours during the day for you to hang out, to get alone with God, to do whatever it is you do.

Weekends are available for you to sleep in, work on homework, relax, shoot hoops in the gym, do laundry, reflect on the last week’s teaching, or go with other students and staff on fun activities (Hello, cheese curds and frozen custard and Sassy Cow runs!). Sunday mornings, all the students will attend a local church of their choosing.

DTS typically meets at our Training & Retreat Center, 20 miles north of downtown Madison. There are large dorm rooms, divided into cozy spaces with bunk-beds, shelves, and dressers.

Built on seven acres, the Training Center (a former Elementary School) also includes a gym, bonfire pit, garden, and porches to enjoy the sunset (without mosquitoes!). We’ve also got an indoor wood stove — perfect for hanging out inside during the colder months. The classroom is just down the hall from the dorms.

It may be a surprise for you to suddenly be out in the country, but our students come to love the Training & Retreat Center. It is very peaceful and our students develop a lively community because of all the activities they can do together.

Phase Two is the Outreach portion of DTS. It is where you practice hands-on discipleship.

For ten weeks, live what you learned in class through cross-cultural service, team building, and evangelism as you go out in teams to other nations.

Each outreach is different. During the lecture phase, staff and students pray and seek God for the details and specific focus for each team. It’s exciting to work with God this way!

Check out our blog for exciting stories from the field. Some of these stories could be yours someday!

Outreach locations will be decided near the beginning of each school. The staff will present the outreach locations and then you will be given some time to prayerfully decide which team to join.

Past outreach locations include India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Uganda, Ukraine, Latvia, Greece, Germany, and Mexico.

Once you’ve been accepted to the school, we’ll be happy to help you come up with ideas for raising the money for DTS. Please feel free to call us to discuss it.

Some of our students are supported by their churches, friends, or families. Others work for a period of time to earn the money, and others use their savings accounts or sell their car.

Read our Faith & Finances blog posts for resources, teaching, links, and documents related to the subject.

The teachers are resident staff and visiting lecturers from different parts of the world. Your school leader can give you the teaching schedule.
During Phase One (Training), these are the exciting aspects of Christian living that you’ll learn:

  • God’s nature and character: encountering God
  • God’s intention for individuals, peoples and nations: seeing all of life from God’s perspective
  • God’s redemption–sin and the cross: recognizing Jesus as Lord
  • God’s family–His children and His Church: becoming more like Jesus
  • God’s world–His call and commission: doing the works of Jesus
  • YWAM–a response to God: knowing God and making Him known

During Phase Two (Outreach), you’ll learn in a different way — through life. Living in close contact with each other for a while brings out the best (yes, also the worst) of us and gives us many opportunities for personal growth.

Expect to learn things like:

  • giving up personal rights
  • worship and obedience (even when you don’t feel like it)
  • communicate cross-culturally
  • listen to God for direction and details
  • practice daily Christian living
You can begin the visa application process after you have been accepted for the school. We’ll let you know the type of visa you’ll need and will send you a visa recommendation letter from YWAM Madison to help you obtain your visa.

The necessary visas for outreach will be taken care of by our office.

*Please note that obtaining a US visa can be difficult for some countries. As a result, our admissions team may recommend you attend a DTS in a country where you are more likely to obtain a visa.

We’ve had several couples join us for DTS — some just a few months after their wedding. They thought DTS was an awesome way to begin their lives together, and we agree.

We can help you find a more ideal location for your family with children to attend DTS, as we are not currently set up to accommodate families.

For the Fall DTS we give short break for Thanksgiving and about a week and half for Christmas. Specific dates will be given to you upon acceptance.

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We’re here to help! If you have any other questions about DTS like…

  • What DTS is all about
  • Starts dates for schools
  • What to expect
  • How much does it cost

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