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The Region

Located at the South-East corner of the Iberian Peninsula, between the regions of, Andalusia, Castile-La Mancha and Valencia, the region of Murcia occupies an area of 11,317 km2 (2.2% of the total surface area of Spain), bordering the province of Albacete in the North, the province of Alicante in the East, the provinces of Granada, Albacete and Almería in the West, and the Mediterranean in the South-East.

In terms of surface area the region of Murcia is the ninth largest of the Spanish autonomous communities.

The region of Murcia has the typical Mediterranean semi-arid subtropical climate: namely an average annual temperature of 18ºC, with hot summers (registering absolute maximum temperatures of 40ºC) and mild winters (an average temperature of 11ºC in the winter months of December and January).

The number of days per year with clear skies is 120-150, with approximately 2,800 sun-hours per annum. In general rain is scarce throughout the region (approx. 300-350 mm/year), falling mainly in the spring (April) and autumn (October), leaving the summer an eminently dry season.

From the geographical point of view, the region of Murcia stands out because of its multiple contrasts: dry vs. irrigated land, plains vs. mountainous areas, coastline vs. interior, vineyards vs. mesetas.

Murcia has just over 170 km of coastline: coves and small beaches alternate with rocky shores and sheer, craggy cliffs. As a geographical accident of nature we find La Manga, a coastal strip of land which, bar a few connecting channels, or narrows, completely closes off the Mar Menor lagoon from the Mediterranean. The Murcian littoral offers on the one hand unprotected shores with wild seas and on the other small coves with calm, placid waters. Sand-dunes, beaches, salt-water lagoons, mud-flats...

According to the most recent census figures, the region of Murcia has an official population of 1,190,378 inhabitants. Between the years 1991 and 2001, the population rose by 13.8% in comparison with an average figure of 5.8% for the whole of Spain, according to data supplied by the Ministerio de Administraciones Públicas.

At the present time, the density of population is 105.2 inhabitants per square kilometre, which is superior to the national average of 81.3. The Region of Murcia has thus today become an area with a net demographic influx, due to the fact that since the 70's the number of immigrants received has been greater than the number of people who have emigrated. Special mention must be made of the important increase in the number of foreigners who have chosen to settle in the Region of Murcia as an ideal place to spend their retirement, in privileged surroundings and enjoying an exceptional climate.

For further information, please visit: http://www.murciaturistica.es/

The City

The city of Murcia is the capital of the Autonomous Community of the same name. The metropolitan area of Murcia spreads over 881 km2 and it is made up of the capital city and 54 towns and villages. Murcia and its nearby towns had a total of 398.798 inhabitants, placing it in the group of the seven most populated cities in Spain. With its great Baroque personality, and treats for the senses, Murcia is unique. The painter Ramón Gaya, to whom the city has dedicated a well-cared for and beautiful museum, says that "Murcia is Murcia and nothing more, she is distinguished by being herself and no other city or thing". With the creation of the law faculty in 1915, an age of renovation and vitality began. The University was an important influence in literature, art and science as well as research. In the last decades of the 20th century, the city, with its solid political and socio-economic base, saw a spectacular growth and renovation of its streets. The new suburbs were given green areas, the older buildings, squares and streets from the historical quarter were renovated and improved and the infrastructure of the growing city was added to. The Auditorium and Congress Palace and the regional library were built, as was the building which enlarges the old Town Hall, a project of Rafael Moneo. At the same time, new bridges of Modernist design were built over the river Segura, giving the area improved communication between neighbourhoods and towns and the coast. The great town-planning project in this period was complemented by an extremely important cultural activity. A wide network of museums was created and, throughout the year all kinds of cultural events, concerts, theatrical works, art exhibitions and other entertainment and festivals take place, making Murcia a city in which something is always happening and where everyday brings us the possibility of attending some kind of cultural or leisure activity. The city, made to measure by its inhabitants, is perfect for walking, meeting up, discovering or rediscovering it everyday. The night life is very attractive, with many "tascas" (small bars) and "terrazas" (outdoor bars) where to enjoy some of the delicious typical "tapas", as well as all kinds of pubs and clubs open until dawn. Its medium size, the relatively low cost of accommodation and living expenses and the good weather all year round make Murcia an ideal setting for students' life

Murcia is well connected with the main Spanish and European capitals by way of its airports, railways and motorways:

Airports
San Javier Airport (Murcia), 47 km from Murcia by car.
Tel:+34 968 17 2000
El Altet Airport (Alicante) , 68 km from Murcia by car.
Tel:+34 966 91 91 00/ +34 966 91 94 00
www.aena.es

Trains
El Carmen Station (Murcia). Tel:+34 968 25 25 72
www.renfe.es

Buses
San Andrés Station (Murcia). Tel:+34 968 29 22 11

Motorways and toll roads
Autopista del Mediterráneo A-7: France, Barcelona/Valencia/Alicante/ Murcia
Autovía A-30: Madrid/Albacete/Murcia/Cartagena
Autovía con Andalucía E-15

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The University

The origins of the University of Murcia date back to the thirteenth century. However, as we know it today, it was founded in 1915 with the grant made by the government of a Faculty of Law for Murcia. The majority of the University's facilities and buildings are spread over two campuses: the older is La Merced, dating back to 1935, situated in the town centre, where take place most of the courses of Law, and the larger is Espinardo, just 5 km to the north of Mucia. The University also boasts two extensive libraries with over half a million books and some 10,000 scientific journals that can be consulted in any of the 3,000 reading areas. The Antonio de Nebrija Library is located on La Merced campus. In addition, the Main Library in Espinardo houses a European Documentation Centre. In addition the university offers free unlimited access to the internet through more than 1000 computers in the 39 ALA's (Classrooms of Free Access). They are located in places of different Faculties and Schools but their access is free for all students, independently of the specific location of each ALA. Sport is also very important to the University of Murcia and it enjoys a great number of facilities. These are mainly in Espinardo although some are in the city centre. These include for example: sports halls, football and rugby pitches, seven-a-side football pitches, aerobic and weight rooms, a gymnasium, tennis and squash courts, a pelota court, training areas, a climbing wall and an indoor swimming pool. The Sports Activities Service promotes and organises sport at all levels and for all the groups making up the university community. The University organizes every year the SBU (University Homecoming Week). It is an occasion to know the university community, offering a sample of our great daily activity: student´s clubs and associations, theatre, music, conferences, sports competitions, cinema, family visiting days or environment days, etc… The SBU includes an International Homecoming Week for foreign students, organized by the International Relations Office and the association ESN, with visits to Murcia´s main monuments and museums, international cinema, travels and night parties.

The Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law is the oldest Faculty of the University of Murcia, and one of the most prestigious in Spain. It is renowned for the excellence of its students, many of whom have reached the highest positions in public administration, international organizations as well as private corporations and attorney´s bureaus. The professors and lecturers at the Faculty of Law hold a very solid education in their fields, being necessary to pass through years of very demanding studies and research to become one. Many of them have previous teaching and research experience in other Spanish and international universities, being so that most speak a second or a third language fluently. Many of the lecturers have also professional experience outside of the academic world, some of them are Attorneys, Judges, District Attorneys, General Managers etc… and many are members of the most prestigious and influential economical and juridical institutions of the region.