Here are some answers to our most
Frequently Asked Questions!
Q: What is DTS?
A: A DTS is five to six months of personally experiencing God and living the adventure of taking His message to the nations. It’s an intense, full-time program consisting of two parts – three months lecture phase and two months outreach phase.
Q: Who can apply to do a DTS?
A: The main qualification for studying in a DTS is that you have a relationship with God, want to grow in Him and want to help other people get to know Him. The other qualification is that you are at least 18 years old and/or have completed High School.
Q: How do I apply for DTS?
A: You can apply online by clicking in the top menu bar to find the application and reference forms. Or by email for the application.
We will begin processing your application once we have received your registration fee, completed application, and all your references.
Q: What should I expect during the application process?
A: You will need to fill out an application form, health form, personal history form, police history check and ask three people to fill out reference forms for you. All forms are included in your application packet. We must receive all the forms for us to consider your application.
Once we have received your entire application we will pray and discuss it as staff. You can plan to hear from us within two to three weeks after receiving your application.
Q: What will my day look like during the lecture phase of the DTS?
A: As Christians and YWAMers, we highly value our relationship with the Lord, so all are encouraged to start the day with Quiet Time – taking time on your own to be with God, read His word, worship Him and listen to His voice.
DTS schedules differ from school to school but our mornings will start with school devotions followed by intercession for other nations / ministries and worship, and then continue with lectures. Afternoons are filled with studies, small groups, one-on-ones, work duties, outreach and other activities. It is definitely an exciting time!
Q: What is/isn’t included in the school fees?
A: The school fees include housing, 3 meals a day, the cost of travel when we go somewhere as a team, as well as a deposit toward outreach costs (additional costs may apply depending on outreach location).
The school fee does NOT include transport to West Kilbride, Scotland and back to your home country nor does it include visa expenses to UK or to outreach. All personal expenses incurred while involved with YWAM Seamill Centre are the responsibility of the student (such as medical costs, food and snacks away from the base, toiletry items and mail). It is a good idea to bring some spending money for things such as snacks or personal items.
Q: Do you have scholarships available?
A: YWAM Seamill is not in a position to offer scholarships at this time.
Q: Do I need travel insurance?
A: YES. Travel insurance is required for your stay here in UK and international outreach. We advise getting multi-country travel and medical insurance for 6 months.
Q: What topics are taught?
A: During lecture phase, some of the topics you will learn about include:
God’s nature and character
Sin and the cross
Father heart of God
Q: Do you have someone who can pick me up at the airport?
A: No. You will need to get a train from Glasgow to West Kilbride where you will be picked up by a staff member.
From Glasgow Airport, Scotland
1. Take the Arrival bus to Paisley Gilmour Street Station from the bus stops in front of the terminal building. Cost about £4.00. Journey time 20 minutes. OR take a taxi to Paisley Gilmour Street Station. Cost £5 – £6. Journey time 5 minutes.
2. Buy a single ticket to West Kilbride – train will be marked “Largs”. Cost about £7. Journey time 40 minutes.
From Prestwick Airport, Scotland
1. Cross footbridge into railway station.
2. Take the train marked “Glasgow” and change at Kilwinning Station to the train marked “Largs”. Cost about £6 (If you came with Ryanair tell the conductor. You’ll get the ticket half price). Journey time about 45 minutes.
Q: Do you supply food for the weekends as well?
Q: Can I leave campus to go with a friend out to eat or shopping?
A: Yes. Occasionally we have weekend outings or ministry opportunities so it is important to check the schedule before making plans.
Q: Can my family/boyfriend/girlfriend visit me during DTS?
A: Yes, upon request and subject to DTS leader’s approval. Please inform at least a month in advance.
Q: Do I need to bring sheets, blanket, pillow and towels?
A: You do not need to bring bedding as it is provided. You will need to bring your own towel. Consider bringing a sleeping bag for outreach, though. Please also consider bringing a nice hiking backpack for outreach as you may find this easier to travel with than a suitcase.
Q: What should I pack?
A: Check out the ‘DTS Survival Guide’ document you received in your acceptance pack.
Q: How much luggage should I bring?
A: You will be sharing a room with at least one other person and there is not much extra room. Please be considerate when packing. There is a laundry room available.
Q: Can I bring my laptop and will there be internet available?
A: Yes, you can bring a laptop or tablet. Make sure you bring an adapter (UK has 220 volts) – these can be bought at a local hardware store/ airports. Yes, we have internet available (during certain times) for you while here.
Q: Can I bring my musical instrument(s)?
A: Yes! A musical instrument is a great item to bring! You may be able to use it during worship times in DTS and even on outreach as long as you don’t mind carrying it. Grand pianos are inadvisable.
Q: Can I bring my mobile/smartphone/iPads/tablets?
A: Yes, you can bring your mobile/cellphone. You will, however be asked to switch it off during lectures, meetings and other class activities.
Q: What is the climate like in West Kilbride?
A: The climate is damp, from the rain and the seashore. It does stay milder here though, compared to inland. It is wettest and coldest from November to April. Average temperature in winter is 4C (39F) and in summer is 19C.
Q: What is outreach?
A: Outreach is the field assignment part of the course. It is usually 8-12 weeks in length and a requirement for the successful completion of the DTS course. It is the part of the DTS course where you get to practically apply the things you have learned in the classroom such as preaching, teaching, evangelising, mercy ministries and more! You will be part of a team of students and staff to go and make God known!
Q: Where will we go on outreach?
A: We usually send outreaches to our focus nations but we are always open to hearing if God wants us somewhere else. Some past outreach locations include India, Turkey, Cambodia, Poland, Greece and Cypress to name a few.
We announce the outreach location during lecture phase.
Q: Do I need to take part in outreach?
A: To successfully complete the DTS, you will need to take part in outreach. This is the part of the school where the main focus will be on putting into practice what you have learnt over the course of the lecture phase.