• Enjoy the warm Spanish sun year-round at this historic university in beautiful Murcia. Start each morning with a walk by the Segura River through the center of town, passing fountains and historic bridges, and end your day relaxing over a coffee or drink with your roommates in one of Murcia’s beautiful plazas!  

• The 3rd oldest university in Spain, Murcia is now a modern public research university that offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture while strengthening your Spanish language skills. 

• Nationally, The University of Murcia regularly tops national lists for excellent disability services and student support and well-being. Roberto, ISEP’s on-site coordinator, is quick to respond and will help you adjust to life in Spain. 

• Murcia is spread across four campuses based on field of study. La Merced, which is in the heart of the city of Murcia, Espinardo, just north of the city, San Javier, which is 45 km east of the city (specializing in Sports Science), and the Health Science campus, which is south of the city. Be sure to talk to your ISEP Student Services Officer about which campus will offer the classes you need. 


Live and study with local college students in this historic university town! With 320 days of sunshine each year, embrace the Mediterranean lifestyle and enjoy excellent seafood, endless outdoor activities, and fresh produce and flowers year-round. The region of Murcia is sandwiched between Valencia and Andalucia in a fertile green valley known as “Europe’s Orchard” and the city of Murcia is just a 45-minute train ride from the sea. Echos of past civilizations abound in this part of Spain, but Murcia remains a lively college town, with vibrant nightlife and youthful atmosphere.  


Live in a shared apartment with local Spanish students. Murcia offers a unique opportunity to select an apartment based on your own preferences and lifestyle. Using the provided stipend (600 euros per month for meals and housing), you’ll find your apartment in Murcia through the university monitored and approved apartment listings. Most ISEP students choose to live in a fully-furnished shared apartment with a private bedroom, shared kitchen, and shared bathroom for about 250-300 euros per month. See sample housing options here:  


Murcia is a delight for foodies! Find a table in one of the sunny plazas for a coffee, drink, or leisurely meal—a favorite of locals is Plaza de las Flores, where fresh flower stalls line the plaza surrounding delicious restaurants. Enjoy local specialties, like pastel de carne (meat pie in a flaky, buttery crust), caballito (batter-fried prawns), paparajotes (fried lemon leaves), or Murcia’s own tapa, marinera, which you must try to finish in just three bites! With nearby orchards and the sea, fresh produce and seafood are always available. As an ISEP student, you’ll be able to use your combined meal and housing stipend (600 euros per month) to purchase groceries and cook in your apartment. Local supermarkets and produce markets are affordable and plentiful. In a hurry? Grab a meal at a campus cafeteria (including dessert!) for just 5.10 EUR. 


Home to almost 500,000 people, Murcia offers plenty of amenities and entertainment. As a student at the University of Murcia, you can join student clubs or get involved in the International Relations Organization. During International Welcome Week, the organization plans social activities and excursions. A buddy program matches international students with a local student too! Studying during the spring term? Murcia’s Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations are famous across Spain. Just outside of town, visit the Yakka Brewery, or head to Cartagena, a beautiful port city with an ancient amphitheater, just 45 minutes away by train. 


The region of Murcia offers great coastlines, dense forests, rugged mountains, three wine regions, ancient historical sites, beautiful architecture, and charming small towns, without the tourist crowds in more well-known Spanish cities. See pink salt flats and flamingos, natural arches and rock formations formed by the wind, green valleys tucked between the mountains, and remnants of past civilizations. On weekends, head to the coast for kayaking, swimming, fishing, scuba diving, and sailing. Relax and unwind in one of the thermal spas, go for a leisurely (or challenging) bike ride, or even pick up a golf club—some of Europe’s best courses can be found right here!  


Recognized as one of the top universities in Spain for disability support and welfare services (student wellbeing and support), Murcia offers additional assistance for mental health and students with mobility, hearing, visual, speech, and learning disabilities. 

What We Love About Murcia 

Everyone loves Spain, but it can be hard to get off the beaten path. Murcia is the path less traveled, and offers rich cultural experiences, delicious food and wine, incredible scenery, and great academic options, all in a budget-friendly city. 

See ISEP Direct budget and estimated expenses 

Course Description

The Spanish Language & Culture Program is divided into three modules designed to help you improve your language skills while living and studying immersed in Spanish culture. In the first module (4 weeks, 50 hours), students will enroll in an intensive Spanish language class and an introductory regional culture class. In the second and third modules, students will take a Spanish as a second language course (75 hours) and additional culture & civilization courses (combined 190 hours) designed to deepen their knowledge of Spanish and Hispanic culture. 


• Taller de expresión oral y escrita

• Política y Sociedad Españolas: Los medios de comunicación

• Geografía e Historia de España

• Literatura española 

• Arte y música española

• Idioma Española y cultura regional

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn at least 24 ECTS which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 12 U.S. Credit Hours. Each course is worth around 6 ECTS. 

Looking for additional Spanish-taught coursework? 

Spend the academic year at Murcia! Enroll in the Spanish Language & Culture program for semester 1 and get comfortable in your Spanish skills. During semester 2, enroll into one of Murcia’s many fields of study in ISEP’s Study in Southern Spain program. A great option for Spanish majors and minors, courses are available in Spanish history and literature, business, marketing, journalism, physical science, and social science.  

For detailed instructions on how to search for all available courses, please click on the "other academic conditions" dropdown link below.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Kira Hakanson 703-504-9991 | Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in Spanish)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

    Spanish Language and Literature

  • Language and Culture

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher

Special Application Instructions

Students are required to submit an internal application following their placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email.

Students interested in participating on a full year program, please speak with your Student Services Officer.

Passport: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

Visa/Residence Permit: Students attending this program will be required to obtain a student visa. The student visa application process can take several months to complete, and students should begin the application process immediately after accepting their ISEP program. Depending on the consulate that services your jurisdiction, travel to and from the consulate may be required. For more information on the process, please review the ISEP Country Handbook.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

No Spanish Language Evaluation is required, but it is strongly recommended that students have taken at least one Spanish language class prior to beginning program. On arrival, students will take a language placement test and may be divided into two groups according to their level of proficiency. 

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