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Founded in 1915, the University of Murcia is a public comprehensive university located southeast Spain (45 km away from the Mediterranean sea) in the vibrant and historical city of Murcia. It has with a lively student population and strong academic departments in fields such as Modern Languages, Business, Education, Law, Chemistry, Computer Science and Veterinary Medicine. More academic information at this link

Program options:
ISEP Exchange or ISEP Direct: Students can take regular courses during a semester* or a full academic year in some of our 20 schools and faculties. *please see program dates below.
ISEP Direct Language and Culture : a semester program in Spanish Language & Hispanic Culture. Two sessions (September-December or January-May). Students may follow this program with another semester of regular university courses.

Read a story by an ISEP student who studied abroad at Universidad de Murcia.



Location
A true wedge among the Mediterranean regions Murcia is the product of a crossing of civilizations throughout its history: Muslim, Castilian and Valencian-Aragones have all left their traces in the city. Situated in southeastern Spain, Murcia has a Mediterranean climate with very little rainfall and enjoys more hours of sunlight per year than most Spanish cities. Its fertile soil, bathed by the Segura River, has provided the nickname for which Murcia is known: the Orchard of Europe. Two seas are located in the region: the Mediterranean Sea and the Mar Menor are tranquil and warm all year.

PROGRAM TYPE
ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester.
ISEP Direct: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester.

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.


Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for International students is generally Good.
ISEP Direct Language & Culture chance of placement for US and International students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Direct Regular Courses chance of placement for US and International students is generally Excellent.

For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Option 1: ISEP Exchange or Option 2: ISEP Direct Regular Courses: Academic year: mid-September to late June; Semester 1: mid-September to late-January. Semester 2: mid-January to late-June.

Option 3 ISEP-Direct semester: Spanish Language and Culture: Semester 1: early-September to mid-December. Semester 2: January to May.

Option 4 ISEP-Direct full-year: Spanish Language and Culture semester + Regular courses semester : Semester 1: early-September to mid-December. Semester 2: mid/late January to late June.

Note: Students must conform their stay to Universidad de Murcia’s Academic Calendar.

ISEP-Direct
Students have three fee-paid choices at Murcia:
Option 2 ISEP Direct semester or full-year: Regular Courses
Option 3 ISEP Direct semester: Spanish Language and Culture
Option 4: ISEP Direct full-year: Spanish Language and Culture semester + Regular Courses semester

The program fee includes housing in shared student apartments, a meal stipend, cultural activities, and two excursions to sites of interest in Spain (for Language and Culture students only). Note about housing: Whenever possible, ISEP participants are given the possibility to share apartments with Spanish and other foreign students. However, housing availability in Murcia is such that ISEP Direct participants often share apartments.

Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing, Meals and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Full Year 16-17: $18,750
Semester 1 16-17: $10,950
Semester 2 16-17: $11,750


For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: May 31, 2016
SM2: October 20, 2016


Fast Facts
Murcia, Spain (pop. 415,000)
Student Enrollment: 30,000
Language of instruction: Spanish, some English
University Home Page
Regular Course Information
Language and Culture Program Course Descriptions (Spanish)
About the University (in English)
Tips for Finding Courses in Spain
Important Visa information for Spain

Programs
Students have a variety of options at Murica based on language level and interest. Each program numbered below is a distinct program. Students should choose one and clearly indicate it on their ISEP application. You may not combine classes from the Regular University Courses with Spanish Language and Culture in the same semester.

Option 1: ISEP Exchange: Regular Courses and Option 2: ISEP Direct: Regular Courses:
Arts (Classics, English, French, Geography, History, Art History, Spanish, Translation and Interpretation); Biology (Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences); Economics and Business (Business Administration & Management, Economics, Marketing, Bilingual (Spanish-English) Business Management Program, Dual Degree Law and Business Administration & Management); Education (Educational Psychology, Elementary Education, English & French, Infant Education, Music Education, Pedagogy, PhysicalEducation, Psychopedagogy, Social Education, Teacher Training-Special Needs Education); Fine Arts; Chemistry (Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Optics & Optometry, Physics); Communication and Documentation Sciences (Advertising & Public Relations, Documentation, Library Sciences & Documentation, Journalism); Computer Science; Human Nutrition and Dietetics;Industrial Relations; Law (Criminology, Law, Political & Administration Sciences, Public Administration); Mathematics; Nursing, Pharmacy and Social Work; Philosophy; Psychology; Veterinary Medicine (Veterinary Science, Food Science & Technology).

Option 3: ISEP Direct semester: Spanish Language and Culture
Consists of several classes focusing on Spanish Language and Culture including:
Introductory Pre-Session Language Course with other international students (30 hours)
ISEP Direct Language and Culture Introductory Pre-Session Course (30 hours) ISEP Direct Pre Session Course Description
Geography and History of Spain (45 hours)
Politics, Society and Media (45 hours)
Art and Music (45 hours)
Spanish Literature (30 hours)
Written and Oral Expression (30 hours)
Spanish Language (45 hours fall semester, 60 hours spring semester)

On arrival, students take a language placement test and may be divided into two groups according to their level of proficiency. Program consists of 300 hours of language study. Download course descriptions above.

Please note: courses in the Language and Culture program are taken with other international students, not Spanish students.

Option 4: ISEP Direct full-year: Spanish Language and Culture semester + Regular Courses semester:
The full year ISEP Direct program combines a fall semester of the ISEP Direct Spanish language and culture program with a spring semester of direct enrollment in regular university courses. Second semester regular classes taken in Option 4 are with Spanish students.

Courses taught in English
Some courses in the Business degree are taught in English.

Academic Notes
IMPORTANT: To avoid scheduling conflicts, students are required to take 50% of their classes within the same degree program.

Murcia is strong in Law, Education, Business, Econsomics, Chemistry, Medicine, Spanish and English Languages, and Veterinary Medicine. There are many intersting courses available in Translation and Interpretation, History, Art History, Mathematics and Psychology. Several different institutes cooperate within the univeristy including Water and Environment, Education, Sport, Tax and Finance and Development.

Option 1: ISEP Exchange: Regular University Courses and Option 2: ISEP Direct: Regular University Courses:
Students generally enroll in four to five courses and spend 20 to 25 hours a week in class. Semesters are 17 to 18 weeks in length.

TRANSCRIPT DETAILS:
Transcripts are generally released by March for Semester 1 and by July for Semester 2 and Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Option 3: ISEP Direct semester: Spanish Language and Culture and Option 4: ISEP Direct full-year: Spanish Language and Culture semester + Regular Courses semester:
Language and Culture Semester: Students enroll in all courses indicated above and spend 20-25 hours a week in class. Semesters are 15 weeks in length. Students enrolling for Option 4 for the spring semester will generally enroll in four to five courses and spend 20 to 25 hours a week in class for regular courses.

TRANSCRIPT DETAILS:
Transcripts are generally released by February for Semester 1, by June for Semester 2 and by July for Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Option 1: ISEP Exchange: Regular University Courses and Option 2: ISEP Direct: Regular University Courses:
Language Requirement:A minimum of 6 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program.
Language Courses: Intensive Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the Academic Year and Semester for an additional fee for several levels. Contact hours per course per week: 4. Grades and credits will be noted on an official certificate. Please note that these classes will not appear on the regular university transcript. Students should verify with their home university if credits from certificates will be accepted for transfer.
Pre-Session: A one and a half week pre-session, intensive Spanish language course is offered before each semester for multiple levels. Contact hours per course: 30.

Don’t meet the language requirement? Need to brush up on your language skills before enrolling in regular university courses in Spanish? Consider enrolling in the ISEP Direct Bridge Program before your ISEP Exchange. Students may participate in this program and gain the necessary language skills before their ISEP Exchange programs. Click the link above for more info!

Option 3: ISEP Direct semester: Spanish Language and Culture and Option 4: ISEP Direct full-year: Spanish Language and Culture semester + Regular Courses semester:
Language Requirement: A minimum of 4 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program.
Language Courses: Students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Semester have Spanish language courses built into their curriculum. Students in the second semester of Option 4: ISEP Direct full-year: Spanish Language and Culture semester + Regular Courses semester, may also enroll in Spanish language courses at an additional fee, in conjunction with regular courses in the spring semester. Contact hours per course per week: 4.
Pre-Session: A language pre-session is included in ISEP benefits, please see above for course description.

Additional Information: For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
The MBA program is closed to ISEP participants. Medicine is closed to ISEP students. Although Veterinary Medicine and Law are undergraduate studies in Spain they are restricted since certain prerequisites are mandatory for international students. Most courses in Fine Arts are year-long in nature. Students may need professorial approval to enroll in these courses if only attending Murcia for a semester. This cannot be guaranteed in advance.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
IMPORTANT: To avoid scheduling conflicts, students are required to take 50% of their classes within the same degree program.

Hints for Researching Courses
1. For students taking regular university courses (Option 1 or 2), click on Regular Course Information.
2. The link brings you to list of degrees within the university. Click on one, and on the bottom of the page, click on Guias Docentes. That will give you a list of courses.
3. Click on Descripción, to see a list of courses for that major.
4. Select a course title for additional information, including a detailed course description.

Download Tips for Finding Courses in Spain

Housing and Meals
Students live in shared flats with other students in the city. A stipend will be provided to cover housing and meals. Sharing a flat with other local or international students makes the experience of living abroad even more interesting. Also the fact of having their own kitchens make easier the daily living since students do not depend on the schedules of the university restaurants.

ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES:
Personal Expenses per month (including books) are estimated at $250 USD. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits, and does not include travel costs.

Orientation
A full day orientation takes place the day after arrival. Sessions will cover administrative issues such as: registration, academic system, internet access, stipend, legal status within Spain, and tips for avoiding the culture shock. Exchange students whose mother tongue is not Spanish follow a 30 contact hour Spanish language course before regular classes begin. This course is charged free since it is included in the program benefits. Welcome Week includes a guided city tour, visits to city museums, Tapas Night, Beach Day and an International Welcome Party.

ARRIVAL DETAILS:
Option 1: ISEP Exchange: Regular University Courses and Option 2: ISEP Direct: Regular University Courses:
The university will provide arrival directions with the acceptance packet.

Option 3: ISEP Direct semester: Spanish Language and Culture and Option 4: ISEP Direct full-year: Spanish Language and Culture semester + Regular Courses semester:
Airport pickup is included in ISEP Benefits. The university will provide arrival directions with the acceptance packet.

Student Activities
International students have many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities as there are more than 30 student organizations available. The International Relations Organization (IRO) brings together international and local students during the International Welcome Week at the beginning of each semester for social activities and travel. Our "Buddy Program" for international students matches each new international student with a local student during the first weeks of the program.

The ISEP Direct Spanish Langauge and Culture Program (Options 3 & 4) includes full orientation, welcome week activities, and a weekend trip to cities in Southern Spain (examples: Granada or Sevilla).

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Our Volunteer Service offers a wide range of opportunities for community and university service. More information can be found here.

International students participating in ISEP Exchange may have access to internships through our Carreer Service (COIE) upon registration. Click here for more information.

Profile
The University of Murcia is a public university. It was founded in the 13th century and has almost 30,000 students. The university is devoted to providing higher education to the public. Murcia has 4 campuses: La Merced (in the center of Murcia-Arts and Law), Espinardo (five km north of the city-Education, Industrial Relations, Social Work, Veterinary Med., Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Fine Arts, Computer Science, Economics and Business, Philosophy, Mathematics), Medicine and Health Sciences (11 km south of the city-Medicine, Dentristry, Nursing, Physiotherapy) and San Javier (45 km east, in the sea-side-Sports Science). Public transportation from the city to the campuses is available.

The University of Murcia offers modern facilities and boasts the Experimental Science Support Service, two extensive libraries including a European Documentation Center, as well as many specialized institutes dealing with different aspects of the scientific and humanistic world. The university also has a great number of sport facilities including sports halls, football and rugby fields, aerobic and weight rooms, tennis and squash courts, a climbing wall and an indoor pool. Students also have access to computer labs in many buildings and a wide variety of cultural and extra-curricular activities.

What Past Students have to Say

"The ISEP program at my University in Murcia set me up in an apartment with people from Spain and elsewhere. The assistance and help they were always ready to give made it all the better. Murcia es lo mejor!!"

Jason Otterstrom, 04-05