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Application Guidelines for the 2017 Sino-US Cultural Scholarship, Xiamen University

1. Introduction

This programme is sponsored by the Ministry of Education of China, in response to President Barack Obama's proposal of sending 100,000 American students to study in China. The programme plans to finance a total of 10,000 American students, either for degree studies or just for non-degree credits.

The degree-study scholarship provides full funds for full-time American undergraduate, master’s or doctoral candidates admitted by the designated Chinese universities. The scholarship for non-degree credits is to encourage the establishment of exchange programmes, or expansion of existing ones, between the designated Chinese universities and their American counterparts.

2. Eligibility

(1) Applicants must be American citizens in good health;

(2) Education background and age limit:  

Applicants for bachelor’s degree studies must have a high school diploma and be under the age of 25.

Applicants for master's degree studies must have a bachelor's degree and be under the age of 35.

Applicants for doctoral degree studies must have a master's degree and be under the age of 40.

3. Academic programmes

Chinese-medium undergraduate, master's and doctoral programmes

Most programmes are taught in Chinese. More information is available at http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/en/index.

English-medium master's and doctoral programmes

English-medium master's programmes 

Colleges/Schools Programmes Degree Awarded 
School of Humanities  Chinese Philosophy Master of Philosophy 
School of Law  Civil and Commercial Law Master of Law 
International Law
Fiscal and Tax Law
School of International Relations/Research School for Southeast Asian Studies International Relations Master of Law 
School of Economics  International Business Master of Economics 
Coastal and Ocean Management Institute Marine Affairs Master of Science 
College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering  Chemical Engineering Master of Engineering 
College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering  Physical Chemistry Master of Science
School of Information Science and Technology Computer Technology Master of Engineering
Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE) Finance Master of Economics
Financial Engineering
Western Economics
Quantitative Economics
Management Economics
Institute for Financial  and Accounting Studies Accounting Master of Management
Finance

1) If the number of admitted students is less than five, the University will advise applicants to change their program choice. 

2) For detailed information on program coordinators at their respective colleges or schools, please visit http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/en/show/84.html

English-medium doctoral programmes

Colleges Programmes
College of Humanities Chinese History, Anthropology, Foreign Philosophy
School of Economics Statistics, Energy Economics, Western Economics, National Economics, Population Resources and Environmental Economics
Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics Western Economics, Finance, Quantitative Economics, Statistics, Labour Economics, Regional Economics
School of Management Management Science and Engineering
Institute for Financial and Accounting Studies Accounting, Finance
School of Law International Law
South China Sea Institute Law of the Sea
Intellectual Property Research Institute Intellectual Property Law
College of Physical Science and Technology Electromechanical Engineering, Condensed Matter Physics
School of Mathematical Sciences Computational Mathematics
College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Chemical Biology, Energy Chemistry, Chemical Engineering
School of Information Science and Technology Computer Science and Technology, Communication and Information System, Signal and Information Processing, Electronic Science and Technology
School of Life Sciences Zoology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Hydrobiology, Cell Biology, Genetics
College of the Environment and Ecology Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Environmental Engineering, Ecology
Coastal and Ocean Management Institute Marine Affairs
School of International Relations World Economy, World History
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences Chemical Biology
Institute of Education Higher Education

1) If the number of admitted students in the PhD program offered by the School of Management is less than five, the University will advise applicants to change their program choice.

2) For detailed information on supervisors and program coordinators at their respective colleges or schools, please visit http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/en/show/85.html.

Note: This scholarship is not available to students majoring in their native language or in a third-country language such as English or French.

4. Duration of scholarship

For those whose Chinese proficiency level have not met the requirements and wish to take remedial Chinese courses before major studies, they are expected to have obtained the new HSK certificate of band 4 for programs in the humanities, economics, management, law, arts and traditional Chinese medicine, or band 3 for programs in sciences, engineering and medicine. Only by passing the required new HSK test within the year could they start their major studies. English-medium programmes do not have Chinese proficiency requirements.

The scholarship awardees' academic performance will be assessed each year and only those achieving the required standard will have their scholarship renewed for the following year.

5. Scholarship details

① Exemption from tuition fee;

② Accommodation on campus or providing off-campus accommodation monetary subsidy (undergraduate students / master’s students: CNY 700 per month; doctoral students (senior scholars): CNY 1000 per month);  

Living allowance: RMB 2,500/month/person for undergraduates; RMB 3,000/month/person for master's students; RMB 3,500 /month /person for doctoral students; 

④ Comprehensive medical insurance; 

International travel expenses: self-afforded.

6. Application deadline: Feb.1st to April 15th, 2017   

7. Application procedures

Applicants are eligible for scholarship assessment after they are admitted to the master's or doctoral programme of Xiamen University. (Application guidelines for undergraduate / master’s programmes / doctoral programmes 2017 are available at http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn. )

(1) Applicants shall make online application at http://laihua.csc.edu.cn (Agency No. of Xiamen University at CSC: 10384) and download and print out the Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship and then sign the form.

(2) Applicants are required to make another online application at http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/application.php and upload the required application documents. Please download and print out the Application Form for International Students generated upon successful online application.

(3) Submission of application documents: Send by post to XMU's Admissions Office by April 15, 2017 the two application forms and other required documents. When mailing application documents from mainland China, EMS mailing service is highly recommended as to ensure timely and efficient delivery of your package.(Postal address: Admissions Office of Xiamen University, Fujian Province, China 361005; Tel: +86 (0)592 2184792)

Application Form for International Students, which should be completed in Chinese or English and then printed out after successful online application.

Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship (in Chinese or English, in duplicate).

Highest degree certificate (notarized copy in English or Chinese, in duplicate). Applicants for master’s programs should submit their bachelor’s degree certificate; those for doctoral programs should present both their bachelor’s and master’s degree certificates. Applicants who are currently studying at university should provide a study certificate and their highest degree certificate. Certificate in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by notarized translation in Chinese or English.

Note: Applicants who have provided a study certificate should submit a notarized copy of their final degree to the XMU's Admissions Office before the specified registration date (Mid-September 2017); failure to do so will result in disqualification of enrollment.

Academic transcripts. Applicants for master's programs should submit their academic transcripts relating to bachelor's studies; applicants for doctoral programs should submit their academic transcripts relating to bachelor's and master's studies. Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by notarized translation in Chinese or English.

Study or research plan (minimum 1,000 words) in Chinese or English.

Note: When applicants intend to apply for more than one program, study plans tailored to each program should be submitted all at once.

Two Letters of Recommendation signed by professors or associate professors in Chinese or English

A photocopy of Chinese (HSK) or English Proficiency Certificate or medium-of-instruction certificate.

A photocopy of your valid passport.

Note: Among foreign citizens of Chinese origin, those who were residents of mainland China before their emigration should submit a scan copy of their Residence Cancellation Certificate and Certificate of Naturalization; those who were residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan should submit a photocopy of their old identification certificate. 

A photocopy of Foreigner Physical Examination Form(click to download), completed in Chinese or English. (The original is to be retained by the applicant.)  

Note:Applicants are expected to submit a complete set of application materials. Incomplete application materials will be rejected. No application materials will be returned, regardless of the outcome of the application.

Applicants are expected to keep their phones open and check their email regularly as XMU's Admissions Office will contact them when necessary.

8. Selection and notification

Applicants will be given priority consideration if they graduate from world-renowned universities, XMU's sister universities or are recommended by senior professors or experts. Scholarship decisions will be made on the basis of the applicants’ application documents, academic performance, overall merits, research achievements and supervisors' comments. The final list of nominees will be submitted to China Scholarship Council for final approval. The result will be published on the website of the Admissions Office (http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn) in end-June 2017. Scholarship awardees will be notified via email and their Admission Notice and Visa Application Form (JW201) will be sent out as soon as possible.
9. Contact information 
Address: Admissions Office of Xiamen University, Fujian Province, P.R. China 361005
Tel: +86 (0)592 218 4792, 218 8375 Fax: +86 (0)592 218 0256
Email: admissions@xmu.edu.cn        Web: http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn 

10. Application for the scholarship for non-degree credits 
The scholarship for non-degree credits in Xiamen University is mainly open to candidates from its sister universities in the U.S.  XMU’s Office of International Cooperation and Exchange is in charge of its operation.
Contact information:
Address: Office of International Cooperation and Exchange, Xiamen University, Fujian Province, P.R. China 361005
Tel: +86 (0)592 218 0195   Fax: +86 (0)592 218 0240
Email: ltj@xmu.edu.cn        Web: http://ice.xmu.edu.cn 
Coordinator: Ms. LIN Tengju