Escuela Superior de Español de Sagunto College (ESDES), occupies about 25 acres on a gentle slope overlooking the towns of Port Sagunto and Sagunto with the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. On a hilltop across a valley full of orange groves sit the remains of the fortress dating from before roman occupation in the first and second centuries B.C. This ever-present reminder of the rich cultural heritage of Spain helps give the ACA student a new perspective of time and history.
The beautiful Mediterranean coast is only five miles away, and during the Summer session the students have frequent afternoon outings to enjoy the sun, sand and water at the local beaches. Approximately twenty miles southwest of Sagunto (and well connected by bus and train) lies Valencia, the third largest city of Spain. A little over 200 miles north is the bustling city of Barcelona with its many museums, and traveling the same distance westward will take you to Spain's capital, Madrid. A five-day tour of Castille (central Spain) is included in the summer program, as well as several day trips to local areas of interest.
Students who bring their own laptop or other electronic devises may connect to internet via cable in each of the dormitory rooms as well as via WIFI in select areas on campus. Each dormitory room has a phone so that students can call out or receive incoming calls. More information is given in the student handbook that students can download from www.esdes.eu
Text books are included in the fee for the summer session. A small store on campus provides refreshments and a few food items. Other shopping can be done in Sagunto or in Valencia. Bicycles are available to ACA students for short trips into town, and on Friday afternoons a bus will go from the school into town for shopping.
Citizens of US, Canada, and European Union countries, do not require a visa to enter Spain and to stay for up to 90 days. However, you need a valid passport (valid for at least 3-6 months longer than your stay abroad). Citizens of other nationalities require a tourist/visitor visa. Please check your consulate's web page for more information.
ACA students going to Sagunto are advised to purchase plane, train, or bus tickets and check their bags through to Valencia or Sagunto. Your arrival information should be send in by visiting the ACA web page, click on Preparing to Travel, Arrival Form, complete the form, and submit it. This information will go directly to the international ACA program director. If a fax number or e-mail address is provided on the form, ESDES will confirm the receipt of the information. Someone from the school will pick up the students from the airport/train station. The school will also provide free transportation to the train station or airport at the end of the course. If you prefer to come on your own, detailed arrival information is given in the ESDES student handbook, which will be sent to all Sagunto students after their admission to the program. Please be sure to send the Notice of Arrival even if you do not require transportation so that the school will know when to expect your arrival on campus.
These are the average high and low temperatures for Valencia during the months of June, July and August:
June July August
80/58°F 87/62°F 85/62°F
27/15°C 30/17°C 29/17°C
During the summer session, students receive 120 hours of formal instruction. Except as otherwise announced, classes are held in the morning from Monday to Friday, leaving the afternoon and evening for study and recreation. Each group of 6/7 students are assigned to a Spanish tutor who works with students during the afternoons and evenings to help them with their homework assignments and with their Spanish-speaking skills during meals, recreation and free-time.
Since ESDES is on the same campus as the Spanish Adventist Seminary of theology, students with an advanced level of Spanish may request permission from the Theological Seminary to enroll in any of the classes offered which may be compatible with their schedule. If permission is granted, ACA students will be expected to meet the same requirements as the other theology students. Any student interested in this program should ask the ESDES Director about the courses offered.
All students must participate in the cultural tours which are an integral part of the instructional program. Record will be taken and specific assignments given. Students' completion of these assignments and positive participation in the tour will affect their overall grade in the courses for which they are enrolled.