The Spanish Program for non-spanish speakers began in Valencia in the fall of 1968. It was a part of the Spanish Adventist Seminary located on Fray Pedro Vives Street in the city of Valencia and shared space with the Theology Program
In 1968 an agreement was signed with Pacific Union College in the United States to teach Spanish to their American students while studying at the Adventist Seminary of Valencia.
In 1970 the North American Division, under the direction of La Sierra University in California, formed a consortium of Adventist Universities to send their students abroad. This consortium became known as Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA) and since then has been sending North American students to our Spanish deparment
In 1974, the Spanish Department for non-Spanish speakers moved to Sagunto Adventist College, recently relocated to its current site on the Petrés Highway. The new name was Hispanic Languages and Cultures (Lengua y Cultura Hispánicas, LCH). From that moment there was a considerable increase in the number of students, and the college continued to refine and improve the program.
During the1992-1993 school year we began to offer the DELE exams(A test of Spanish Proficiency) through the University of Valencia. We were one of the first programs to send students to the exam and continue to send the largest group each year.
In 1994 we were connected to the internet thanks to the work of Leticia Russel, secretary of the department and former LCH student. This enabled us to be the first department at the college with a web site as well as one of the first in the surrounding community to do so.
The department really took off under the direction of Tom Smith of ACA and its current director Odette Ferreira making the decade of the 90’s the most successful ever.
In 2002 a resolution was passed by the Assembly of the Spanish Adventist Union creating a new organizational structure within the Sagunto Adventist Campus. From this moment on there were two different institutions: the Adventist Academy, consisting of the High School, the Elementary School, and the Music Department, and the Adventist Seminary which contains the School of Theology, the Post-Graduate Program, and ESDES formerly known as LCH.
In the year 2004, ESDES was accredited for the first time by the University Alcalá de Henares with a quality seal, CEELE (which stands for: Quality in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language). This accreditation is an acknowledgement to this College’s professional career, and it is only given after a thorough evaluation, made by the Hispanic Philology Department in the UAH. .