Here we answer some of the most common questions you may have about joining YWAM Madrid.

Training Programs

The Discipleship Training School

Do I need to do a DTS first before doing a second level school?

Yes. A 24 credit University of the Nations recognized DTS is a preliminary requirement before you can do other second level schools or join staff.

What does the schedule look like on a DTS?

Each day you will have activities such as quiet time with God, classroom lectures, work duties, (cleaning, maintenance, meal preparation, etc.) and various evening activities. There are also weekly corporate events such as the base worship, evangelism, intercession, and community meeting.  Your weekends may have some school activities but will generally be free for you to explore the city and have some study time.

Where will I stay during lecture phase?

YWAM Madrid consists of a large apartment building as well as several chalet-houses in the same neighborhood.  We have different apartments for single girls and single guys, as well as some limited housing for married couples.  In general, students will share a room with 1 to 4 others. Our building also has a community center, classrooms, offices, a dining hall, worship hall, prayer room, and hang-out spaces.

Is outreach required?

Yes, successful completion of the outreach phase of your school is REQUIRED for all DTS’s and most second-level schools.

Where will I go for my outreach phase and how is that decided?

Your school leader will pray over options for outreach locations and these will be communicated early in the school, or beforehand if already set.

Are there opportunities for me to get involved with after completing my DTS in Madrid?

Yes, you may continue onto further training programs or join staff here with us at YWAM Madrid or at any of the YWAM bases around the world!  If you have come to Spain with a student visa, you will need to return to your home country and get another visa for residency before joining us full-time.

Is there an age limit?

DTS students just need to be old enough to have completed secondary school or high school. We do have certain DTS’s that are designed for certain age groups if you would prefer.

I have children. Can I bring my family with me?

Yes. We believe that families, and not just individuals, have a calling in missions to serve together as a family. We have several families serving as full-time staff.  However, it is our experience that the DTS is very rigorous for a family, and we do not offer childcare at this time. Please also note that school aged children will need to be enrolled in schooling as a condition of your visa. It is our recommendation that families search for a DTS that is specifically designed for families, and then apply to become full-time staff in Madrid after successful completion of a DTS.  Please contact us for further details.

Is DTS offered in any other languages than English and Spanish?

We offer a bilingual DTS in English and Spanish.  You do not need to speak both languages, but must be proficient in one of these, since there is both written and oral course work.  If your language skills are not sufficient to study in an English OR Spanish speaking environment please contact us and we will discuss options.

Can I get college credit for any training with YWAM Madrid?

The short answer is, it depends on your college.  Those coming with a student visa may be able to receive credit at a Christian university upon return to your home country.  Some students may be able to request credit for study abroad or language acquisition. This is something best to clarify with your college BEFORE coming to Spain, if university credit is important to you.

You do receive credit in the University of Nations, which is our YWAM university.  The DTS is required to take additional schools in the U of N.

What immunizations are required?

We encourage all staff and students to come with the appropriate updates on immunizations. These are the following:

  • Polio
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus

These updates are required every 10 years, if you are unsure of your last immunization, check with your doctor. Please, for your own safety, ensure that you are up to date with these before coming to the lecture phase of your school so that you will be prepared in advance for your field assignment. For overseas outreaches we recommend that all staff and students receive further vaccines, these are the following:

  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

We encourage you to have these immunizations before joining us, although you may receive these vaccines here in Spain.

Application Process and Visa

Things to know about the application process.

How can I apply for a DTS or a second level school?

You can apply online or email us at [email protected] and we will send you information regarding the school you are interested in.

Do I need a visa? How do I apply for a visa? What type of visa do I need?

If you are not from the Schengen Zone of Europe, you will need to apply for an appropriate visa. Details regarding your visa will be communicated upon your acceptance to the school. Please do not apply for a visa until you have received your acceptance letter and instructions to do so.

Can I do a school if I am already in Spain with a visa?

In most cases, yes. We would need to know what visa you currently hold in order to know your visa conditions and see if you would be required to apply for a new one. Please inform the Registrar that you are already in Spain and also forward a copy of your visa so we can check your status.

Do I need to apply for health insurance?

Yes, all international students and staff will be required to have health insurance. For all student visas, the Spanish government requires that you have insurance before you can be granted a Student Visa. For more information about health insurance, please contact the Registrar at [email protected]

Fees and Payments

What you need to know about fees and payments

How do I pay the application registration fee?

The registration fee is paid with credit card as part of the registration process of our online applications. If you have difficulties with the credit card payment please contact the Registrar at [email protected] or see “How and when do I pay my school fees?” below for more payment options.

How much does the school cost?

Fees for DTS (including both lecture and outreach phases) range from €3,700 to €4,300 depending on which school you choose.  Fees include a non-refundable registration fee, visa, health insurance, lecture phase fees (includes tuition, accommodation, books, wireless internet access and food), some additional costs, and outreach phase fees. For more information, please contact our Registrar.

Are there any other costs associated with training?

Besides your ticket or transport here, there are a few other incidental costs which are all outlined in the information you’ll receive when you inquire.  These mostly include things like personal items and optional excursions.

How and when do I pay my school fees?

Your fees should be paid before or during first week of lecture phase.  In some cases, we allow payments in monthly installments.

Payment Methods

Credit Card/Debit card

We are working to accept credit cards online at this time, but this is not yet fully functioning.  For the present, we can accept bank transfers or cash. Some students come with a debit card and take out money from an ATM here in Spain.  Keep in mind, there is usually a daily maximum you can withdraw, so it may require multiple trips to the ATM during the first week.

Money Transfer

You are responsible for transfer fees, which will vary depending on your bank. Contact your bank for details. We will send you bank transfer information once you have been accepted to the school.  Please specify both your name and the school in the comments of your transfer.

Is financial assistance or scholarship available for students?

As all of our staff and students trust and rely on God for the finances they need to live and study, we are unable to provide discounts, financial assistance or scholarships. We firmly believe that God is our source of provision and believe in His faithfulness. We are privileged to stand in the place of prayer and partnership together and see the ways God provides!

Life at YWAM Madrid

Housing, what to bring, about Madrid.

Are housing and meals provided?

Yes. You will live in the YWAM base in shared accommodation with other students from your school and other schools. Living together in community is a great way to get to know people from diverse backgrounds and it is a lot of fun! We value community by eating together delicious sit-down meals prepared by our kitchen ministry as a large family on base.  Our community kitchen is open Monday-Friday, but you will provided with food to cook yourself (or with other students) for the weekends.

Will I have access to the internet?

The base offers unlimited internet to all students! If you want to access the internet during your time on the base you will have to bring your own laptop or phone to connect with. If you are unable to bring a laptop yourself, it is quite likely you will find someone willing to lend you their computer.

What is Madrid like? What is the weather like?

Madrid is a city in the very center of Spain.  The center of Madrid (historic district) is 30-40 minutes away from the base by train or bus.  We live in one of Madrid’s suburbs, Torrejón de Ardoz. Our area is known for being family-friendly and safe.  It is full of beautiful parks and fountains. The base is located beside one of the largest parks in the city. We have numerous restaurants and shopping centers within easy walking distance of the base.

Winter:    Winters in Madrid are cold compared to other parts of Spain with average temperatures of about 6-8 °C (43-46 °F). The temperature during the day is around 10 °C-15 °C (50-59 °F), and the temperatures during the night often get below 0 °C (32 °F) although snow is fairly rare.

Summer:        The summers in Madrid have hot and sunny days with temperatures around 31-32 °C (87.8-89.6 °F) but can be 35-40 °C (95-104 °F) on some days. Overnight temperatures average around 19 °C.

What should I bring with me?

CLOTHING: Apart from casual wear, bring one set of formal clothes for meetings, church and formal events. Many outreach locations do require a modest skirt/dress pants. Unless you want your casual clothes turned into work clothes we strongly suggest you bring these. There is a wide variety of duties and some are quite messy. On outreach, we sometimes paint or do yardwork for churches.  For recreation clothes we suggest you bring shorts and running shoes. Bathing suits need to be modest i.e. full swim suits for girls (no bikinis), swim shorts for guys. For shoes; please bring casual and dress shoes, as well as a comfortable shoe for hiking. In some DTS’ (adventure DTS) we will walk and hike great distances.

During winter it can get quite cold (October – March), so bring jeans, sweaters and a jacket. Remember outreaches may be in another climate so come prepared for different types of weather.  Summers tend to get very hot.

Please note: We have an international student body and as such need to consider a larger audience of cultures in our dress (what is OK in your culture might cause offense to someone from another).

BEDDING: You will have a bed during lecture phase, but you will need your own bedding (sheets).  Blankets are provided. You will also need a sleeping bag for outreach. Please bring this with you unless you prefer to buy it when you get to Madrid.  You can shop for these online at Amazon.es and have it shipped to the base if that is easier.

With regard to personal items, please bring whatever articles of clothing, etc. that you need, limiting it to one large hiking backpack or suitcase. You will have some space under your bed, 1-2 shelves in a cupboard and a small amount of wardrobe space.

You may not bring pets, although we do welcome service animals with justification.

What is Spanish culture like?

In general, relationships are valued in Spanish culture.  There is a strong emphasis on family, and on building community.  In the evenings and even late at night, you will often see families walking together in the parks or dining at cafes.  People tend to wake up later, and stay up later. In base life, this is reflected in our schedule as well. Lunch, the main meal of the day is served at 2:15 p.m., and dinner is served at 7:30 p.m.  (Most Spaniards consider this dinner hour to be much too early! They typically eat dinner after 10:00 p.m.) In Spain, people greet with two kisses (they touch cheeks and make a kiss sound in the air… start on the left-hand side!)  

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