Do you need to improve your English in order to fulfill God's calling on your life?

The ECCO program is for you!
For many missionaries, regardless their nationality, English is necessary for navigating the world and effectively doing what God has placed on their hearts. The ECCO program is designed for those who need to improve their English for the purpose of Christian missions and ministry. The ECCO program will develop your English skills and also prepare you to minister cross-culturally. In addition, as you immerse yourself into this program, you will be challenged as a messenger of the gospel to grow spiritually and develop a deeper relationship with God.

ECCO Features

English instruction by native English speakers
Instruction in and discussion of cross-cultural issues
Regular outings and orientation to American culture and local history.
Regular worship, intercession, and discipleship teachings - all in English
Weekly Bible class and Bible study - all in English
Weekly small-group meeting and discussion times with English-speaking staff
Weekly opportunity for ministry in the local community
Regular movie nights and game nights

ECCO Basic Information

  • Jan 12, 2020 - Mar 26, 2020
    $2600 USD
    Dates and costs subject to change. Please check with To apply, please fill out our Online Application.
  • Jan 14, 2019 - Mar 28, 2019
    $2600 USD
    Food, housing, transportation to and from the airport, books, study materials, and planned local outings during the ECCO program
  • Jan 14, 2019 - Mar 28, 2019
    $2600 USD
    Costs of personal items, personal outings or travel outside of the ECCO program, additional food, souvenirs
  • Jan 14, 2019 - Mar 28, 2019
    $2600 USD
    We accept applicants who are 18 years or older, at any level of English ability. Prior completion of the DTS is not necessary.

To reserve a place in the ECCO program, the following things must happen:

  1. You must complete an application and receive an acceptance letter.

  2. You must get a U.S. tourist visa and send a copy to our Admissions Department.

  3. You must pay the full tuition amount.

Only after these three items are fulfilled will you be assured a place in the ECCO program.

  • You must complete an application and pay at least one half of the tuition before we will send you a visa invitation letter. If you are not given a U.S. visa, we will return all tuition money to you, minus the application fee and all wire-transfer fees.

  • No applications will be accepted after December 15th, unless you already have a U.S. visa.

  • Due to our limited housing facilities, we can only accept married couples without children. We give priority to couples working with YWAM. 

  • If you are accepted to ECCO and withdraw before December 15th, you will receive a full refund of all tuition paid, minus application and wire-transfer fees.

  • If you are accepted to ECCO and withdraw after December 15th, you will recieve a refund, minus $250 and minus application and wire-transfer fees.

  • Travel medical insurance is required. Medical care is very expensive in the U.S. You will be personally responsible for all medical expenses incurred while staying at the YWAM Minneapolis facilities.

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  • Is the ECCO offered any other time in the year?
    The ECCO is offered at the YWAM Minneapolis center only one time each year (see dates above).
  • Is EVERYTHING in English?
    Yes. ECCO is an English immersion program; everything will be communicated in English. You will even need to fill out the application in English.
  • Can I attend only part of the ECCO - come late or leave early?
    No. You must come planning to attend the entire program. We have many applicants and can only accept those who commit to all 3 months. This means you cannot arrive late or plan to leave early.
  • Can I take time during the ECCO program to do some personal travelling?
    No. Your schedule will be full and all the activities are required. Please plan to do any personal travelling either before ECCO begins or after it ends.
  • What are some of the outings?
    The outings may include: a trip to the Capitol building in St. Paul; sporting events; the Mall of America (the largest mall in the United States); an art museum; historical landmarks and buildings; fun activities; and spending time in an American home.
  • Can a 17-year-old apply to ECCO?
    No. All applicants must be at least 18 years old by the time ECCO starts.
  • Where is YWAM Minneapolis located?
    YWAM Minneapolis is in the state of Minnesota and is located about 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of downtown Minneapolis near a small town called Rockford. There are NO forms of public transportation that go from Rockford into the city.
  • Are all YWAM Minneapolis staff native English speakers?
    Most of them, but we also have staff from all over the world! Many of our staff speak Spanish.
  • Is there Wi-Fi available at the YWAM center?
    Yes, but it is limited. The internet speed available to our facility is slower due to our geographical location.
  • Will there be opportunities to go shopping?
    Yes. ECCO staff will arrange group outings to local malls. This will be no more than once a week, however.
  • Do all participants receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program?
    All who complete the program with a score of 80% or higher will receive a Certificate of Completion at graduation. Scores are based on: attendance, punctuality, participation, effort, and homework.

Here's what some former ECCO graduates have said about their experience:

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