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  • Locations: Murcia, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Program Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: ISEP 
  • Restrictions: KU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:
ISEP Direct Southern Spain
  • 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.

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.  

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. 

Visit the Program Page for Study in Southern Spain to learn more. 

You can meet with the ISEP Coordinator at your home campus or speak with an ISEP Student Services Officer, who will guide you through the application process, pre-departure, your time abroad, and your return. To connect with ISEP, visit our website. 


Details for KU students interested in ISEP:

ISEP is a total immersion program. In most cases, ISEP participants register as a regular student at the host institution, take the same courses and have the same assignments, and participate in the same activities as the local students at that institution. This means that a student applying for an ISEP site must be more proactive and prepared to handle being in a location where they may be the only KU student in the program.

Students interested in exploring ISEP sites are encouraged to review site options and availability and then required to meet with the KU Program Coordinator for the region in which they wish to study BEFORE meeting with the KU ISEP Program Coordinator.

Costs, Financial Aid & Scholarships

ISEP-Exchange is one of the most affordable study abroad choices for KU students, as KU students pay in-state KU tuition, room and board. ISEP-Direct is less competitive, so if a student meets the eligibility requirements, they will likely have no trouble getting placed at the site of their choice. However, ISEP-Direct program costs vary substantially by site and can either be cheaper or more expensive than ISEP-Exchange.  The total cost to a KU student will include both the ISEP-Direct fees listed on the ISEP site as well as a KU ISEP fee.

KU students who qualify for financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Pell or SEOG Grants, and scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.

KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. Applications available online: KU Office of Study Abroad Scholarships. The KU scholarship application deadline is March 1 for Fall, Academic Year & Summer programs and October 1 for Spring programs.

The Andrew P. Debicki International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) Study Abroad Scholarship Fund created with generous support of Mary-Elizabeth Debicki Guinness, former Director of the KU Office of Study Abroad and former wife of Andrew Debicki, provides awards up to $2,000 for students on ISEP-Exchange programs. To apply for this scholarship, complete the KU Office of Study Abroad Scholarships application online.

Additional ISEP scholarships are available through ISEP directly. Visit the Student section of the ISEP website for further information and application instructions.

Program Reviews:
Victoria Reggeti, Fall 2018 Participant
My favorite part of the program was being able meet people from so many different places. My initial goal was to immerse myself and make as many Spanish friends as possible. I ended up making friends from Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Poland and obviously Spain.

Savannah Nicole Praiswater, Academic Year 2018 Participant
My only advice is to take weekend trips to other places if you the time and money to do so. Definitely spend some time in your own city/region/country, but take advantage of the proximity of other places too. The other piece of advice I would keep in mind is that you will likely have roommates, all from very different cultures and backgrounds. Respect your differences and make sure to put the effort in in order to communicate. All of my roommates spoke English, but it wasn't everyone's first language. Make sure to recognize and remember that some issues may just be miscommunication more than anything.

Savannah Nicole Praiswater, Academic Year 2018 Participant
Taking classes in the local language was really hard but paid off, I learned a lot about local accents and pronunciations while also receiving my regular education on top of that.

This program is currently not accepting applications.