10 reasons to choose the University of Murcia


1. Why the UMU?

A university of over a hundred years’ standing, yet always strategically poised to move with the times

The University of Murcia (UMU) is an international institution with over a hundred years behind it, although its origins can be traced back to the 12th century. Today, it is home to more than 30,000 students (2,000 of them from abroad), 3,000 researchers and lecturers, and an administration force counting 1,200. 

The UMU is a reference for Higher Education in southeast Spain. At the same time it is a driving force in society in the Mediterranean Basin thanks to its Campus de Excelencia Internacional Mare Nostrum (CMN).

International students rank the University of Murcia among the very best universities in Europe, while of the 83 Spanish universities, it is one of only 21 to figure simultaneously in the three most important world rankings: ARWU, THE and QS.

UMU in figures

2. A huge choice of studies

60 degrees, 72 masters and 36 PhDs

The UMU is an all-inclusive state university offering 60 degree qualifications – five of them dual degrees – 72 masters degrees and 36 PhD qualifications in Fine Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Health Sciences, Sciences, Social Sciences and Law.

The UMU boasts 21 university centers of which the majority are located on the Campus de Espinardo to the north of the city, the down town Campus de La Merced houses Arts and Law, Health Sciences are in El Palmar and Lorca, while Sport Sciences are on the San Javier Campus on the coast.

In addition, there is the Universidad Internacional del Mar (UNIMAR) which each year offers around one hundred summer courses in various areas of knowledge.

Academic offer

3. Betting on quality education

Recognized quality of the University’s centers and services

The University of Murcia is geared toward academic excellence and is a key player in the world of research with its 350 research groups, 4 research centers and institutions, and teaching and innovation that cover all areas of knowledge. Not to mention the University’s close collaboration with national and international industry.

The UMU boasts international recognition while its quality has been tried and tested by the most important certifications. As examples, the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences is one of the few in Spain to be accredited by the European Association of Veterinary Education Establishments (EAEVE); the Faculty of Education is the only one of its type in Europe to hold the ECA Certificate for Quality in Internationalization (2016); Computer Sciences, Biology and Veterinary Sciences have all received the acreditación nacional AUDIT. Elsewhere, our International Office holds the EFQM seal for Quality Management Systems..

The UMU has signed agreements with over 900 universities around the world and is a reference center for the European Commission thanks to the wealth of international projects that it coordinates.

Research at the UMU

4. At the vanguard in digital technology, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence

The UMU offers a wide range of services, including "Lola Chatbot", whose artificial intelligence guides students in choosing their studies and answers their questions about the enrolment process.

The UMU is a pioneer university in e-administration with well defined strategies to become a digital university, as is borne out by our Digital Transformation Plan.

UMU research groups head European Commission cybersecurity research and innovation projects like “CyberSec4Europe”. Our University also offers a training course in cybersecurity under the speciality Networks and Telematics, part of the University’s Spanish-English bilingual Master’s Degree in New Technologies in Informatics accredited by the Euro-Inf Quality Label.

Digital University

5. Connection with the job market

Our graduates are in high demand

UMU students continue to pursue their academic training and develop their professional skills.

Our graduates work in companies of international prestige: biomedicine, law, business and economics, finance, computer sciences, government and many others. 60% of our graduates find a job and 15% continue with their studies.

UMU Job Portal

6. A university that is open to the world with over 2,000 students on international mobility programs

7 Spanish-English bilingual programs with students of over 50 nationalities

Our university offers 4 degree courses in English (Law, Business Management and Administration, Primary School Education and English Studies, and 3 postgraduate programs (Biology and Mammal Reproduction Technology, New Computer Technologies and Physics).

The Languages Center offers courses in 10 languages (including Spanish) at various levels, and students can certify their level of a language through officially recognized international examinations.

The UMU has students of more than 50 nationalities on its campuses, thanks to the Erasmus+ Program and specific agreements with universities in Latin America, North America, Africa and Asia.

Every year 2,000 people take part in our mobility programs, making the UMU the regional leader in internationalization and a key player in the Mediterranean area. It is a port not only to Europe but to the rest of the world.

Internationalization in the UMU

7. International students' satisfaction

Students rate the University of Murcia alongside the best in Europe

The UMU International Welcome Point (IWP) provides complete information about enrolment, accommodation and legal status, along with other issues.

The University of Murcia was recognized by the Study Portal as one of the best universities in Europe with outstanding International Student Satisfaction (9.5) in 2016. nd ranked between 101-125 in the Times Higher Education Student Survey in 2018.

International Welcome Point

8. Committed to society

Attention to diversity and equal opportunities for men and women

The UMU is the university in Spain with the second largest number of students with disabilities.Through its Servicio de Atención a la Diversidad y Voluntariado, the University participates in the 'Inclusive Campus Program: Campus sin límites' financed by the Spanish Government, the ONCE and Fundación REPSOL, and it has been recognized as the'

t has been recognized as the Best Public Sector Organization Telefónica Ability Awards, the Spanish version of the main award in the field of accessibility and integration of people with disabilities.

In its commitment to gender equality, the UMU fosters and promotes actions aimed at ensuring equal male and female presence in all areas and at countering any discrimination in the university institutions.

Attention to Diversity at the UMU

9. Commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Best rated sustainable development project

ODSesiones is a project that the University of Murcia has set up to promote and raise awareness about the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Until April 2021 the UMU will devote one month to each of these goals in the form of fun activities to disseminate, inform and express solidaritywith the goals.

The University of Murcia has also, in recent years, through its Campus Sostenible incorporated new technologies in the development of renewable energies to foster saving, reduce emissions, be more efficient and better protect the environment..


10. Murcia, a student’s city

A quality of life found only in our part of the Mediterranean

Located in south-east Spain, the city of Murcia is indeed well-placed. With almost half a million inhabitants it is the seventh largest city in Spain. The cost of living is not expensive and the city has much to offer in culture and tourism. Its squares and terraces make it a peaceful and friendly city for students.

Murcia is synonymous with sun and warm weather and is one of the cities of Europe that enjoys most hours of sunlight. Its mild climate – the average temperature is 20ºC - means that the many beaches and coves along its 252 kilometers of coastline as well as its mountains can be enjoyed all year round.

The wealth of fresh produce in our area has given rise to our varied and seductive gastronomy, which offers meats, fish, vegetables and fruits, cooked and prepared in seemingly limitless manners.

Murcia, Cartagena, Lorca and Caravaca de la Cruz can all count their histories in millennia, and their historical and artistic heritage is rather special. A visit to these populations is a journey through time in which you will drink in their traditions and the living legacy that surrounds you.

International students’ guide to Murcia


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