PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS 

• 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, Universidad de Murcia offers modern facilities and a wide range of academic subjects in both English and Spanish including business, communications, physical sciences, social sciences, education, health sciences, Spanish literature and more. Get comfortable with Spanish during an included two-week intensive pre-semester language course. 

• Nationally, The University of Murcia regularly tops national lists for excellent disability services, student support, and well-being. Roberto, the ISEP 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.

LIFE ABROAD 

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 

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: https://vimur.um.es/vimur/estudiantes.catalogo.ofertas.do.  

DINE 

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. 

EXPERIENCE 

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. 

EXPLORE 

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!  

THRIVE 

Recognized as one of the top universities in Spain for disability support and student wellbeing, 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

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Course Description

Universidad de Murcia offers modern facilities and a wide range of academic subjects. Take classes taught in the bilingual English programs in Business Administration, Communication & Media Studies and Primary Education. Social sciences, physical sciences, Spanish literature, fine art, speech therapy, and many more subjects are available taught in Spanish. All classes are taught alongside local students, providing a fully immersive experience.  

A two-week pre-semester Spanish language course is included (and required) for all non-native Spanish speakers. 

The chart below highlights some of the more popular classes ISEP students have taken in the past.  Use this to get starting on planning your own program abroad at Murcia! 

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 will usually be worth about 6 ECTS. 

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

Sample Classes Available: 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Business 

 
 
 
 

Education 

 
 
 
 

Sport Science 

 
 
 
 

Biology 

 
 
 
 

Communication 

 
 
 
 

Spanish Language & Literature 

 
 
 
 

World Economy (SM2) 

 
 

Educational Psychology (SM2) 

 
 

Fisiología Humana 

 
 

Bioquímica I 

 
 

Intercultural Communication 

 
 

Español Normativo II 

 
 
 
 

Spanish Economy (SM1) 

 
 

Research and ICT (SM2) 

 
 

Fundamentos Del Atletismo 

 
 

Genética Molecular 

 
 

Discourse Analysis for Media Texts 

 
 

Sintaxis Y Semántica Del Español 

 
 
 
 

Marketing Management (SM2) 

 
 

School Organization & Diversity (SM2) 

 
 

Actividad Física Y Salud 

 
 

Ecología I 

 
 

Media Ecosystems 

 
 

Literatura Española Siglo Xvii 

 
 
 
 

Financial Systems (SM2) 

 
 

Artistic Creation and Research Workshop (SM2) 

 
 

Nutrición Deportiva 

 
 

Biología Celular 

 
 

Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods 

 
 

Historia De La Lengua Española I 

 
 
 
 

Market Research (SM1) 

 
 

Physical Education in Primary Education (SM1 or 2) 

 
 

Teoría Y Práctica Del Entrenamiento Deportivo 

 
 

Microbiología Biotecnológica Y Biosanitaria 

 
 

Digital Journalism 

 
 

Literatura Hispanoamericana I

 

For detailed instructions on how to search for all available courses, please see "other academic conditions" below. 

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Kira Hakanson 703-504-9991 | KHakanson@isep.org 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.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Business: Recommended!

    Auditing Business Management Economics Finance Marketing Organizational Behavior Studies

  • Communication Recommended!

  • Education Recommended!

    Elementary Education

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Spanish Language and Literature

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 79
  • IELTS Score: 6.5
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

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.

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

Undergraduate
(in Spanish)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies

    French Studies

  • Biology: Recommended!

    Animal Physiology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Biophysics Botany/Plant Biology Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Genetics Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Microbiology and Immunology Physiology Plant Physiology Toxicology Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Business Management Business Statistics Economics Finance Human Resources Management International Business/Trade/Commerce Labor and Industrial Relations Marketing Organizational Leadership

  • Communication: Recommended!

    Advertising Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies Public Relations

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Education: Recommended!

    Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education Elementary Education

  • Engineering:

    Chemical Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics French Language and Literature Latin Language and Literature Linguistics Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Communication Sciences and Disorders Dietetics Nutrition Sciences Pharmacy

  • History

  • Hospitality and Tourism:

    Hospitality Management Hotel and Restaurant Management Tourism Management

  • Human Services

    Social Work

  • Law/Criminal Justice

    Criminology

  • Mathematics

    Statistics

  • Natural Resources/Conservation

    Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Physics Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Geography Political Science and Government

  • Sports Studies: Recommended!

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

    Art History

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

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.

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

A two-week pre-semester Spanish language course is required for all non-native Spanish speakers and is included in ISEP benefits. Students will register for this course separately upon acceptance. Students may also enroll in a 3 ECTS Spanish language course during the semester for an additional fee (approx. 120 EUR per semester). 

Tips for finding courses: 

1. View the list of degree programs and click on the title of the subject. 

2. Click on "Plan de estudios y guías docentes" on the side of the page. 

3. Courses are organized by semester and year. "Asignaturas de Primero" refers to first-year courses, "Asignaturas de Segundo" refers to second-year courses, etc. Look under the column labeled "Duración" to see when the course is offered. Courses labeled "Cuatr. (1)" run September – January and courses labeled "Cuatr. (2)" run February – June.  

4. Click on the course name to view the professor, class meeting times and syllabus.  

5. Click on the teal “Exámenes” button to view the exam schedule for a degree. Exams are typically held in January for the fall semester, and in June for the spring semester, with a make-up period in July. Exam dates and times are subject to change.  

Students choosing to take courses entirely in English must have at least a beginner level (A1) in Spanish to navigate daily life in Murcia, and will need to submit an ISEP Spanish Language Evaluation with their application 

All graduate level courses, including the MBA program, are closed to ISEP students. Medicine is closed to ISEP students. Law, Dentistry, Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Veterinary Medicine courses are restricted, and may not be available to ISEP 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. 

To avoid scheduling conflicts, students are required to take 50% of their classes within the same degree program, and it is highly recommended that students plan to take all of their classes on one campus.  

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