Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The Spanish Language School of UCAM has created a basic Spanish dossier with some usual words and phrases to help you through your first days. Particular emphasis has been placed on renting accommodation. This is where you can find the guide.
UCAM is a private Catholic University with 18 years of history and more than 14,000 students, offering 28 bachelor degrees, 57 master programs, 21 PhD courses, as well as other prestigious titles.
Interested students have the possibility to enroll in the following English-taught degree programs and postgraduate courses:
UCAM’s teaching method is based on personalized attention with small numbers of students per class and a personal tutor per individual student. Moreover, the University provides a modern system of long-distance teaching and is equipped with the latest technological infrastructure. Strategic partners, offices and teaching facilities in various countries around the world (e.g. Jakarta, Cuba, Uruguay, and Singapore) complement UCAM’s flexible and highly dynamic academic product portfolio.
Nonetheless, UCAM is a Catholic University that is loyal to its roots and committed to being the front-line of the transmission of the Christian faith through education and a values-based culture.
The Elite of Sports
The University is the only European Higher Education Institution with a professional basketball team in the First National League. UCAM stands out in many college sports, with more than 500 college athletes competing in 21 disciplines. This has gained us a reputation as the Elite University of Sports. Students interested in physical activity have the opportunity to become a member at the UCAM Sports Center, a high-tech gym located within walking distance from our main campus. For the reduced price of 200€ per eight months, sports fans have unlimited access to exciting aerobic and spinning classes and can exercise a broad range of fitness equipment. Another option is to obtain a special ticket granting access to 10 individual workout sessions for the price of 25€. General opening hours are Monday - Friday from 7.30 am to 10.30 pm and Saturday from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm.
UCAM's Graduation Certificates
Students who successfully complete an officially accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree will receive their official graduation certificates upon the finalization of their courses against the payment of a small administration fee of 22€, paid at UCAM’s Grado or Postgrado office on Campus.
Apart from the graduation certificate, students have the opportunity to obtain a special graduation certificate that is issued by the Spanish Ministry of Education and signed by the Spanish King Felipe VI. The administration fee for the latter certification amounts up to 175€ and has to be transferred to the mentioned Ministry upon the completion of the student’s studies at UCAM. After a waiting time of about two years, graduates will be able to pick up the original document at the Spanish Embassy in their respective home countries.
UCAM’s campus is located at the Jerónimos Monastery, which is a historical site erected in the 18th century. The university disposes of an area of over 225,000 square meters with gardens, parking and sports facilities, laboratories, and research centers. Together with its baroque church, UCAM’s campus has been declared a historical-artistic national monument.
On campus, students will find bright and wide classrooms, a library, auditoriums, meeting and work offices, public computers, a newsroom, multimedia and language facilities as well as television and radio studios. Moreover, WIFI is freely accessible from any WLAN supporting device.
UCAM does not end at its campus’ borders, however. Within walking distance, students can find the UCAM Sports Center, located in an outlet shopping mall, La Noria. Apart from that, a supermarket can be found just a few meters away from UCAM’s entrance gates.
UCAM’s Admissions Office will assist students in each step of the application process. The International Admissions Office can be contacted via email@example.com or by phone under +34 968 278 786 875. The complete enrollment process is structured in four categories:
STEP I: Initial Contact to UCAM
A) Students wishing to apply for an undergraduate program must turn in the following documents:
- Copy of passport
- High School diploma / Transcript of records
- PAU* or Credential UNED**
*PAU is a national assessment test needed by Non-EU students to enroll in undergraduate studies in Spain
** Credential UNED: Homologation / accreditation of previous studies for students coming from EU Countries or from countries that have signed an international agreement with Spain
B) Students wishing to apply for a master’s program must turn in the following documents:
- Copy of passport
- Undergraduate diploma
- Transcript of records
- B2 level language certificate (if required)
STEP II: Personal Online Interview
Should the documents match the course’s requirements in content and level, the applicant will be invited to a personal online interview, conducted via Skype. This interview will take between 20 and 40 minutes and will be executed by a staff member of the admissions team with the goal of assessing the applicant’s suitability for the applied program.
Contents of the interview:
- Questions relevant to the aspired course/program applied for
- Questions about student’s academic background, letter of motivation, VISA docs
- Questions related to student’s personal motives and reasons for choosing UCAM
- Questions related to student’s future expectations of his/her professional career
- Questions related to student’s extracurricular activities and hobbies
STEP III: Online Registration and Payment of Application Fee
After the personal interview, the student must register online, fill in his/her personal data, upload academic documentation and pay the inscription fee.
Please note: UCAM issues a letter of acceptance, which may be necessary to apply for the visa in the student’s respective country. We recommend checking the countries specific requirements on the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.
STEP IV: Enrollment at UCAM
Students must finish their enrollment online and, if required, can attend the preparatory course in Spanish or English before the official commencement date of their individual program.
All required documents must be legalized by your country's government authorities and your designated Spanish Embassy or Consulate, and must be officially translated into Spanish. Only then can they be submitted to the university.
Please Note: Those applying to English-taught programs only, may submit their documents in English.
STEP V: Hand-in of Original Documents at UCAM
Upon their arrival to Spain, students must turn in the following originals and/or copies of relevant enrollment documents at the Secretaría de Postgrado i.e. the Office of Postgraduate Degrees, located on UCAM’s campus:
- 2 photocopies of student's passport or ID card
- 2 photocopies of legalized (bachelor’s) degree
- 1 photocopy of their academic certificate
- UCAM enrollment application
Students may hand in their documents in person to the Postgrado staff or send them via certified postal mail to the address mentioned below.
SECRETARÍA DE POSTGRADO
Universidad Católica San Antonio
Campus de Los Jerónimos, s/n
Upon finalizing their enrollment, students will receive their personalized UCAM E-Mail address and student ID card. Please note: the log-in credentials assigned in this step are necessary for accessing UCAM's WIFI on campus and logging into the students' individual "Virtual Campus", displaying all relevant information about courses, grades and study material.
Travelling to and from Murcia is very easy. Coming by plane, visitors and students can choose from several airports in the region. To start with, Murcia has its own airport, called “Murcia – San Javier,” located 40km outside of the city limits. Alicante Airport is frequented more regularly and has very good bus connections (ALSA Bus) directly to Murcia’s center several times a day.
Students joining us from outside of Europe will most likely arrive at either Madrid Barajas (400km from Murcia) or at the Airport of Valencia (270km). There is a direct bus connection to Murcia from both Madrid Airport as well as Valencia Airport for approximately 30€ each. Moreover, Murcia’s train station is connected to Madrid Atocha with ticket prices of around 47€.
Once you have arrived in Murcia, find here how you get to UCAM.
Murcia is located in the southeastern part of Spain and belongs to the autonomous community “Región de Murcia.” The region is a synonym for warmth, sociability, and safety. The soul of Spanish culture can be found throughout Murcia’s city center, with its beautiful squares, historical buildings, museums and university campuses.
As the capital city of the region, the services network supported by modern infrastructure, guarantees a high quality of life by means of a great public transport network, hospitals, business venues, shopping malls and sports activities.
In addition to the high quality of life offered by the Region of Murcia, the cost of living is very affordable. Depending on one’s individual lifestyle, monthly expenses might range between 400€ and 550€.
Here are some prices of a number of basic expenditures:
Accommodation: 150 – 300 € monthly (depending on private or shared flat)
Public Transport: 22 € monthly
Groceries: 120 € monthly
Lunch at UCAM: 5 €
Cinema Ticket: 6 €
Coffee: 1 €
Fast Food Menu: 5 – 8 €
Tapas Dinner: 7 - 15 €
UCAM has teamed up with our housing partner, housinganywhere, which is available to all foreign students. This interactive database is updated regularly and displays vacant accommodation opportunities in and around Murcia. Moreover, students can fill in an online form stating the type of accommodation they are looking for. Upon submitting their search alert via the online form, a staff member of the International Office will get in touch to provide individual assistance.
Murcia has several affordable hotels and hostels that can host students at reasonable prices for the first days here.
At all times, students have the possibility to look for a suitable accommodation on their terms by consulting some of the various websites listing vacancies in flats or available apartments.
List of useful housing websites:
We recommend that students who wish to live in a quiet area, in close proximity to the university, look for flats or studios in the suburbs of La Ñora and Guadalupe.
UCAM’s campus is a 4km drive from Murcia’s city center and provides students with a charming environment of peace and tranquility, with good access to public transport. Frequent bus and tram connections are available in the immediate proximity of the campus. Coming to UCAM from the city center by bus will cost students 1.85€ one-way (Latbus Line 44, Direction of UCAM & La Ñora). Tickets can be purchased on the bus. Students also have the possibility of obtaining a special student card called UNIBONO UCAM, which allows unlimited journeys throughout a period of 30 days and costs 22€. These cards can be bought at the official Latbus office next to El Corte Inglés in downtown Murcia (Avenida Libertad).
Please note: the UNIBONO card is personalized i.e. students must bring their ID cards, student cards and a photo of them.
How do I get the bus card?
Another way to move through Murcia is the Tram, one of the cheapest modes of transportation.
The tram card is a pass used by students to get to the campus from Murcia via the Tranvía system. It is non-transferable, personal and rechargeable. All students enrolled in programs at UCAM may register to receive this card.
What documents I need to get it?
First, you must take the following documents:
- Passport or identity card
- UCAM matriculation of current course
- A clear, facial photograph
To obtain the pass, you must go to the Tranvía stop named, "La Ladera", the second last stop in the direction of Nueva Condomina.
The office is open:
Monday to Friday 09.00 to 19.30h
Saturday 09.00 to 14.00h
How do I recharge my tram pass?
UNIBONO: This method of recharge can be made on the vending machine, located at each tram stop. The cost is 20.40€ and allows you unlimited travel for 30 days.
Campus: This method of recharge can also be made on the vending machine, located at each tram stop. The cost is 15.00€ and allows you to travel 32 times.
To receive the mandatory Spanish residency card please follow the outlined steps:
1. Empadronamiento (optional)
This is the term for the official registering procedure at the council of Murcia, which takes place at the office of Servicio de Estadística (as part of the Ayuntamiento de Murcia), a yellow building located off of Calle Pases de Santiago, within the park, behind the Hotel NH Amistad.
Opening Hours: Mornings 9am-2pm and Afternoons (Mon, Tue, and Wed only) 4pm - 7pm. Telephone: 968 358 600
Students must bring the following documents for Empadronamiento:
- Accommodation rental agreement
- Photocopy of landlord’s ID
- UCAM Certificate of Enrollment (in Spanish!)
You will be given an application form to fill in on site.
You will then receive a signed and stamped confirmation letter.
2. Solicitud NIE (at Extranjería)
This second step is necessary to obtain the mentioned NIE- an ID card required by non-EU students residing in Spain, and anyone who wants the equivalent of a social security number to work in Spain.
Extranjería (the Office for Foreigners) is located at Calle Francisco Alonso Hidalgo Martínez 38 (in the borough of El Puntal).
Office Hours: 9am - 3pm Monday to Thursday, 9am - 2pm Fridays (15 June to 16 Sept 8:30am - 2:30pm). Telephone: 968 989 600
You can take Bus line 21 (from coach station/Estación de Autobuses, Ronda Norte or from Escuela de Idiomas), or Bus line 22 (from Plaza Circular, 14 in downtown Murcia).
Students must bring the following documents to Extranjería:
- Passport + copy of passport (displaying issue and expiry date, issuing place, entrance to Spain stamp, etc.)
- UCAM Certificate of Enrollment (in Spanish)
- Confirmation letter obtained from Empadronamiento (see the previous step)
- Confirmation of health insurance
- 2 passport-size photographs
After presenting all the above documents you will receive:
- A signed and stamped confirmation letter which includes all your details, your new NIE number and a ist of what you must bring for the next appointment.
- Carbon copy form (to be taken at a later date to the bank to pay the administration fee of €15.30).
Before leaving the office, go to the police counter (on the far left of the Extranjeria building) to make an appointment for taking your fingerprints. Go home and return on the appointment date and time you are given.
Make your payment at the bank before your fingerprint appointment. Come to the appointment with the bank´s payment confirmation and the required documents listed above.
Go back to the police counter – say that you have fingerprint appointment today – police will give you ticket number – go to waiting room – wait for your number to be announced – after appointment you will receive a letter titled “Resguardo de Solicitud o Renovación de Tarjeta de Extranjero”. Keep this for future reference.
Come back in 3 weeks to collect your ID card.
- Relevant application form
- Valid passport (with expiry date no earlier than 3 months prior to expected end of your stay)
- Passport size photographs
- Medical travel insurance
- Proof of Accommodation or Accommodation letter (provided by UCAM)
- Acceptance letter (provided by UCAM)
- Flight reservation
- Plan of study / breakdown of the course
- Proof of financial solvency/ability to support yourself financially (e.g. bank certificates, property deeds, parents' certificate of employment, etc).
- Police check (not always applicable)
- Academic certificates - diploma, degree and transcript of results, legalized by relevant means
** Please bare in mind that every country will have different, specific visa requirements, so please check with the Embassy of Spain in your home country for further information and more specific requirements**
UCAM has its own official School of Languages. Here, students have the possibility of enrolling in courses for a multitude of languages including, Spanish, English, German, Italian, French, Chinese and Portuguese. All of these courses are either offered on an annual basis or take place semiannually. In addition, UCAM provides students the opportunity to participate in a 1-month intensive training course with 60 hours of lecture over a 30-day period.
Students can find out more about the offered programs and their prices here or by directly contacting Carolina Padilla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students meeting specific criteria might qualify for one of UCAM's scholarships. In some cases, a partial coverage of the student's tuition fees is possible. Also, professional and elite athletes can be considered for a partial or full coverage of their tuition fees.
Furthermore, several students each year are given the opportunity of interning with one of UCAM's professional departments during their lecture-free hours to help finance their studies. Those students interested in finding an internship at UCAM should directly contact the respective departments.
Another option of financing one's studies is to apply for a study loan, which will have to be paid back (in some instances with interest) after the degree course has been successfully completed. Spanish banks such as Santander and Cajamar are two examples of financial entities in this context. Depending on the student's country of origin, the applicant's home country usually offers several loan options as well.
There are several ways for students to find a job or volunteer engagement in and around Murcia. Please note, however, that in many cases, good knowledge of the Spanish language is necessary.
Students interested in collaborating with UCAM are encouraged to directly approach the administration department of their individual course. Those interested in volunteering at local organizations can obtain more information from the Office of Religious Studies and Volunteering located in the monastery.
Job Websites and Work Placement Agencies
Several websites can support your job search online while work placement agencies are another way to assist you in finding a part-time or temporary job in the region.
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Students might also be able to find part-time jobs at the larger companies in the region and/or in restaurants. The easiest and most effective way for applicants is to directly approach businesses and hand in their CV (e.g. at Carrefour, Corte Inglés or Ikea).
Teaching languages is another way to earn money during the study year. Ads can be placed on online websites such as, www.segundamano.es or directly distributed to one of the multiple language schools in the city. Leaving ads on common notice boards at bus stations, in town squares or university billboards is also very common.
*Important notice: all sites and recommendations are suggestions only; students’ endeavors will solely and ultimately be their own responsibilities.
As part of being duly enrolled at UCAM, students are automatically insured while on campus and engaging in study-related activities.
EU Citizens are also health insured in their leisure time here in Spain, based on an EU agreement among its member states. All Non-EU Citizens are strongly encouraged to obtain private health insurance valid for the duration of their stay in Europe. In some cases, especially with regards to finding a job, the confirmation of an existing insurance is not only beneficial, but mandatory.
To acquire a visa, it is mandatory to have an insurance policy. UCAM recommends insurance of Banco Santander made especially for foreign students.
For further information and to obtain this insurance policy, please contact Santander Bank directly.
As part of the European Monetary Union, Spain has introduced the Euro (€) as the country’s official and sole currency. Foreign currency can be exchanged in several changing bureaus throughout the city or at airports. Moreover, most credit cards allow the withdrawal of cash in the national currency from ATMs.
1.27 USD (US Dollar)
0.79 GBP (P
Voltage 220V, 50Hz. Foreign students are recommended to check whether a transformer/adapter is needed to match the voltage and electric sockets used in Spain.
General Opening Hours
Spain is famous for its daily afternoon siesta, which is also held by the majority of businesses and organizations throughout the country. Many retailers and offices open their doors at around 9am, close between 2pm and 5pm and re-open until approxiomately 8.30pm. The larger supermarket chains are generally open without interruption. Please take note, however, that stores and businesses are closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Together with countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy, Spain – with the exception of the Canary Islands – runs on GMT +1 time. The EU participates in the daylight saving system, which requires an adjustment of time twice per year (+1 hr in March; -1 hr in October).
Generally, it is not recommended to drink Spain’s tap water – unless the student’s apartment has a filtering system in use. The normal practice is to buy bottled water from supermarkets available in 5 to 6-liter containers and costs less than 1 €.
Weight is commonly measured in kilograms and grams, while distances are measured by the metric system (i.e. kilometers and meters). Moreover, temperatures are stated in degree Celsius.
Weather / Climate
The southern part of Spain shows a Mediterranean climate, with very warm summers and mild winters. The temperatures in Murcia can reach between 35 and 40 Degrees Celsius in August, while seldom falling below 15 degrees during the day in winter. Murcia welcomes its students with an average of 320 days of sunshine per year. To find out more about Murcia’s weather conditions, click here.
Opening of a Bank Account
Banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 9am to 2:15pm.
The procedure for opening a bank account is fairly easy. Students can go straight to the bank with their passport and residency card and simply ask to open an account. UCAM has a branch of Santander Bank directly on campus.
ATMs of all major banks can be found in almost every village, town or city.
Mobile Phones and SIM Cards
There are many different telecommunication providers in Spain and it is fairly easy and affordable to purchase a prepaid phone and/or SIM card with a Spanish number.
Spain’s Economy, Demography, and Geography
Please visit the CIA World Fact Book Website for more information.