ESDES is a department affiliated with the ACA consortium since 1970. 14 American universities make up this consortium in which the ESDES department and its professors are associated. The universities that make up this consortium are:
- Andrews University
- Antillean Adventist University
- Avondale College.
- Burman University
- Washington Adventist University
- Griggs International Academy.
- La Sierra University.
- Loma Linda University.
- Oakwood University.
- Pacific Union College.
- Southern Adventist University.
- Southwestern Adventist University.
- Union College.
- Walla Walla University.
ACA has programs in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, all of which are recognized for their high quality education.
The ACA director maintains regular contact with the language departments and makes annual visits to see how the programs, and the students studying through ACA, are doing.