Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia – Interview Pedro Lopez Egea

As I escudo_UCAMpromised, here is the first interview about an university from Spain with the director of  the information for students office, Pedro Lopez Egea.

Enjoy!

1.What is different about Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia?
The Catholic University San Antonio was established as an educative project which is focused on the active
presence of the students, professors and other members of the college community inside the Campus.
The Campus is located at Jerónimos Monastery (XVIII century) with an area of over 225.000 square meters, gardens,
parking, sports facilities and university residence. Together with its baroque church, it is declared as a Historical-Artistic National Monument. The Campus is 4 km away from the urban core of the city of Murcia, in a special environment that combines peace and tranquility with good connections. Inside the Campus you will find bright and wide classrooms, library, auditoriums, meeting and working offices, computers,multimedia and language rooms, labs, television and radio studios, among many other infrastructures.

UCAM is “The University of sports. In just over 10 years UCAM has managed to become one of the greatest force of the National University Sport, settling always on posts of honor at the college sports competition in Spain, highlighting the first-place achieved in 2003-2004 and four consecutive second places achieved in the last four years. Our students won 3 medals in London 2012, the Olympic Games.

2.Where are the locations of the campuses of UCAM?
Nowadays, in Spain UCAM has got only one campus located in Murcia but we are working to open campus in Alicante or Malaga. In adition, we have got campus in Cuba and office in Fom University (Germany) and Yakarta (Indonesia).

3.What are the minimum entry requirements for UCAM?
Every person who want to entry needs to complete the application form and give a copy of her/his passport, photo and degree.

4.What program courses UCAM offers for EU students and Romanian ones?
Degrees
http://www.ucam.edu/estudios/grados

Master
http://www.ucam.edu/estudios/postgrados

5.Tell us more about  Murcia, I know that despite the financial problems from Spain, Murcia is still very attractive for foreign investments and has a very low rate of unemployment !
There are two important business areas in Murcia, Agriculture and Food and Agriculture Industry. Both are leader in Spain and create management employment for people who speak different languages.

6.What is the student-teacher ratio in UCAM?
At UCAM we believe that it is crucial to have direct contact with the student.
Thus, one of the missions of our university is to contribute to the integral education of our students, optimizing
their academic performance, enhancing their personal growth and promoting vocational and professional development
through the personalized support of his/her tutor throughout the university years.

Our ratio student-teacher in UCAM is 15/1

7.What are the tuition fees for Romanians that want to study at UCAM?
Degrees
http://www.ucam.edu/estudios/grados/admision_old/admision/admision/matricula

Master
http://www.ucam.edu/estudios/postgrados/matricula_master

8.Are there any scholarships for Romanians?
There are scholarships for students, but not depend on her/his nationality. UCAM offer several kinds of scholarships:
– For students with best marks and  low income.
– For best sportsmen or sportswomen students.
– For team members.

9.How many Romanian students are studying right now in UCAM?
7 students, 4 studying for a bachelor degree and 3 of for master.

10.How is the student life in Murcia?
Murcia is a modern city where live 45.000 university student in a total population of 500.000 residents. All what student needsis in Murcia: sports, free time, restaurants, culture, pubs and it’s 4 hours from Madrid or Barcelona or 3 from Valencia.

11.Is living in Murcia cheap or expensive? How much do you estimate that a student need per month for living costs?
Despite the high quality of life offered by the Region of Murcia, the cost of living is very much affordable.
Here are some prices of a number of basic expenditures:
· Apartment Rent: 150 – 250 €/month
· Food: 200 €/month
· Transports: 20 – 40 €/month
· Coffee: 0’80 €
· Sandwich: 1.50 €
· Lunch Menu UCAM: 4.20 € (basic) 6.70€ (two dishes, desert and coffee)
· Fast Food Menu: 5 – 7 €
· Gym: 20 €
· Cinema: 5.20 €
· Night Drinks: 3€ – 7€

12.What extra-curricular activities are available for the student that desire to come and study in Murcia?
UCAM organize different sport, culture and tourism activities for foreign student and of course, we offer Spanish courses in several levels, from initial to advanced.

13.Can Romanian students work part-time in order to pay their living costs in Murcia? What are the main domain where they can work before graduation?
Depend on if you need visa and the kind of visa you have. If you have got an employment visa you can work part-time, but if you have got a studies visa you can’t work.If you don’t need visa you can work part-time in typical work places for students: restaurants, pubs, supermarkets, and if you obtain a scholarship you can work in the University.

14.Do you have agreements with other universities? What universities?
Of course, we have agreement with 150 universities from the five continents and around 232 exchange programs.

15.Do you have agreements for internships with companies from Spain?
Yes, we have got 2.370 Partner Companies to Students Internship.

16.What are the job perspectives after finishing a degree or a master in UCAM?
UCAM has got a department which work to obtain internship and job perspectives for our students and they practice like employment bureau.

17.Instead of an end-speech, is there anything that I may have omitted about studying at UCAM?
Located in the southeastern part of Spain, the Region of Murcia is characterized by mild temperatures and long hours
of sunlight. Here, just like in a small continent, a variety of environments and landscapes can be found by the visitor,
offer endless possibilities: beaches, rural areas, cities, traditions, folklore, culture, sports, “fiesta” and healthy
life-style come together in a dynamic and active quality of life.Two seas meet on one coast (the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean), impressive cliffs, heavenly secluded beaches of endless white sand, lively ports and wild coves with crystal clear water. This is the Costa Cálida. Historical cities such as Murcia as the capital of the Region, Cartagena which is an ancient Roman city and Caravaca de la Cruz as one of the main holy cities that holds a piece of the Holy Cross, invite their visitors for a long walks through the streets pedestrian, visit their magnificent churches and museums or just to enjoy the outdoor tapas. In addition, a calendar full of festive popular manifestations of this land makes the perfect place to party, mingle with people and enjoy the culture of this cheerful, hospitable people.

For more information about the university and the contacts from the university, please contact us at pleclastudii@gmail.com!

Translation in Romanian will come out shortly!

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