The University of Murcia is the largest and most popular university in Murcia. Boasting over 38,000 students, it is also the third oldest university in all of Spain.
Most of the university’s faculties are located on two main campuses: La Merced (located in the city center) Espinardo (located 5 km north of Murcia). Situated in Ciudad Sanitaria Virgen de la Arrixaca, just 5 km south of Murcia, there will be a new campus for the Medical and Health Studies, as well as one in San Javier for the Sports Science Studies.
The University of Murcia is known for its courses firmly rooted in culture, science and technology. Some of the popular Bachelor’s programs include Art History, Biotechnology. Criminology, Dentistry, Economy, Fine Arts, Journalism, Law, Marketing Nursing, Physics and Tourism. Some Master’s programs include Business Sciences, Finances, Forensic Sciences, Mediation, MBA, Public Health and Theology.
The Universidad Católica San Antonio, also known as the Saint Anthony Catholic University, the Universidad Católica de Murcia or UCAM, is a private university in Murcia. It was founded in 1996 by José Luis Mendoza Pérez, and today offers undergraduate and graduate programs. The university has strong Catholic roots and continues to uphold the doctrines of the Church. UCAM utilizes research to spread human knowledge, as well as to support academic freedom.
Located in Guadalupe, which is just outside the city of Murcia, UCAM is very popular with international students. The very center of the campus is housed in the 18th-century Monastery of Los Jerónimos. The monastery is known for its magnificent architecture, which has four hallways that spread out from a beautiful open courtyard. The university’s chapel is located here, and several new buildings have been constructed to provide adequate space for the faculties and classrooms.
UCAM includes a wide variety of Bachelor’s programs, including Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry, Podology, Psychology, Communication, Occupational Therapy, Modern Languages, Musicology, Journalism and Law. Master’s programs include Audiology, Advocacy, Teacher Training, Christian Philosophy, Administrative Management, Environmental Engineering and many others.
Located in Cartagena, the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, or UPCT, mostly offers courses that are rooted in technology and entrepreneurial advances. It was founded in August of 1998.
One popular advantage for students relocating to Murcia for their international exchange is that Spanish language classes are offered free of charge.
UPCT is the newest technical university in Spain. However, some of the university’s faculties date back to the 19th century, so there is a unique blend of both old and new that is very appealing to its students.
UPCT and the University of Murcia make up the International Excellence Campus for Higher Education, along with the Mare Nostrum Research. It is also a member of the UP4 Association, along with other technical universities in Valencia, Madrid and Cataluña.
The university’s three campuses are all in the center of Cartagena: Campus Alfonso XIII, Campus Muralla del Mar and Campus CIM. A vibrant university area has been created in the areas with restored 18th-century military buildings. You can expect to find research facilities, leisure activities and student accommodation in Murcia in this area.
Well-known for its technology courses, popular Bachelor’s programs include Architecture Fundamentals, Civil Engineering, Telecommunication Systems, Business Management and more. Some of the Master’s degrees offered are in the fields of Science and Building Technology, Civil Engineering, Renewable Resources, Industrial Engineering, Business Management and a variety of other courses.
When you arrive in Murcia, you should immediately sign up for a student association. These organizations are designed to assist students with their acclimation to their new lifestyles. They can be especially beneficial for international students who are also adjusting to a new culture and a completely different city.
The Erasmus Student Network in Murcia (ESN-Murcia) is one of the top associations, which will organize parties and other social events so that students can meet some of their new classmates. They can also set up opportunities with local businesses that can assist in students’ intended fields of study.