This course is part of the Humanities & International Studies from the University of the Nations Colleges and Centres.


(Full learning weeks)




Do you want to develop cross-cultural skills and improve your English? The English and Cultural Orientation (ECO) School exists to do just that. The ECO school offers total immersion in the English language, while also exploring God’s heart for the many rich and diverse cultures around the world. Whether your calling is into missions or into the spheres of society, this school will help prepare you to work cross-culturally and communicate in English.

This school is upon to those of every nation and language and offers intermediate and advanced English language tracks depending on your level of experience. The ECO School gives you genuine cross-cultural experience on our international campus including in worship, prayer, small groups and work duties – all in the English language.


David Pinheiro

David Pinheiro

I’m originally from Brazil and I’ve been in YWAM for nearly thirty years serving in a variety of ministries. I’m married to Vera, she is from Argentina, and we have one son, Daniel, he was born in England. We’ve been here together in the UK for the last 19 years. My heart is for pastoral care, discipleship, training and cross-cultural experience. I’m looking forward to serving in ECO.


Date: 15 April – 10 July 2020

Cost: £2,400


Date: 23 September – 18 December 2020

Cost: £2,400 plus £200 (activity fee)


In addition to developing your English skills (listening, speaking and writing) the ECO school includes teaching on the following topics:

  • What is culture?
  • Know your own culture: hot vs. cold
  • The gospel and culture
  • Entering another culture
  • Acceptance and trust
  • Social skills
  • Understanding other faiths
  • Cross-cultural communication: listening and being heard
  • Tensions and difficulties: overcoming barriers
  • Culture shock

Outreach/Field Placement

Following this course, trainees may have the opportunity to do a field-based internship with one of our partner locations in the UK.


If you would like help completing our application form please contact us at At this time we have application forms in English, Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin available for you to use upon request.


If you have any questions regarding this school, please email:

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