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Application Guidelines for the 2017 Master's Programs

Date: 2016-12-16 Views:53286

Xiamen University, founded in 1921 by the renowned patriotic leader of overseas Chinese, Mr. Tan Kah-Kee, is a comprehensive university under the administration of China’s Ministry of Education. XMU ranks among the top 20 of the over 2,000 colleges and universities in China and is internationally recognized as a first-class comprehensive university with distinctive educational features, a full spectrum of disciplines, and a highly qualified faculty. The campuses are nestled snugly between the green hills and the blue sea, earning the University a reputation as one of the most beautiful universities in China.

1.  Eligibility
(1) Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens generally under the age of 45 at the time of applying, be in good health, and possess a valid passport.

Note: For foreign citizens of Chinese origin, only after being officially recognized by the Exit and Entry Administration Bureau as foreign citizens can they make registration and apply for Residence Permit in China. Please refer to the Instructions on Citizenship Certification for more information.

(2) Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree.

2.  Application time: February 1- June 1, 2017

3.  Application procedures

(1) Online application

Applicants should first apply online at

Note: Online application is mandatory. Paper-based applications with no online signing-up will not be considered.

(2)  Submission of application documents

Applicants should mail the application form generated automatically upon successful online application and other required application documents to XMU’s Admissions Office and they should reach the Office by June 1, 2017. 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: +86-0592-2184792)

Note: Late applications will not be considered. Applicants are expected to keep their phones on and check their email and online application account regularly as XMU Admissions Office will contact them when necessary.

★  Application procedure

4.  Application documents

Applicants must provide true and correct information in all application documents:

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

(2) Bachelor’s degree certificate (notarized copy in English or Chinese).

Applicants who are currently studying at university should provide a study 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 bachelor’s degree to the XMU Admissions Office before the specified registration date (mid-September 2017); failure to do so will result in disqualification of enrollment.

(3)  Academic transcripts relating to bachelor's degree’s studies. Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by notarized translation in Chinese or English.

(4) 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. 

(5) Two Letters of Recommendation signed by professors or associate professors, completed in Chinese or English. 
(6) A photocopy of Chinese (HSK) or English Proficiency Certificate or medium-of-instruction certificate.

(7)  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.

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

(9) A Statement of Financial Support (click to download) certifying that the applicant has sufficient funds to cover his or her tuition, accommodation and living expenses. It should be accompanied by an employment certificate or income certificate and a photocopy of the valid passport of the financial sponsor.

(10) If applicants have published papers, the abstracts should be submitted in online application and enclosed during submission of their hard-copy documents.

Note: Applicants are expected to submit a complete set of application materials and arrange them in the above-mentioned sequence. Incomplete application materials will be rejected. No application materials will be returned, regardless of the outcome of the application.

5.  Academic programs

(1)  Chinese-medium master's programs

Most master's programs at XMU are taught in Chinese. For detailed information on master's programs, please visit

Chinese proficiency requirements

Applicants for programs in the humanities, economics, management, law, arts and traditional Chinese medicine need to have a Chinese proficiency certificate of new HSK band 5 with a score of 210 or above; applicants for programs in sciences, engineering and medicine should have a certificate of new HSK band 4 with a score of 210 or above. Students who have taken courses mainly in Chinese during their bachelor’s degree studies are exempt from the HSK certificate requirement, provided that they can produce proof of language of instruction used in their bachelor’s degree studies.

Note: For those whose Chinese proficiency level have not met the above 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.

(2)  English-medium master's programs

As an internationalization initiative, XMU has launched 17 English-medium master’s programs for international students. These two-year programs are taught in English and aim to bring forth high-level international specialists with a solid professional foundation plus a good understanding of Chinese society and culture.

College/School Program 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 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 Finance Master of Economics
Financial Engineering
Western Economics
Quantitative Economics
Management Economics
Institute for Financial  and Accounting Studies Accounting Master of Management


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

English proficiency requirements

Applicants should present a TOEFL certificate with a score of 80 or above, or an IELTS certificate with a score of 6.0 or above, or other certificate of English proficiency from an accredited test. Native English speakers and applicants who have taken courses in English during their bachelor’s degree studies are exempt from this requirement, but a medium-of-instruction certificate should be furnished.

6.  Acceptance

Xiamen University considers applications in accordance with international practices. International students should submit their application documents for verification of qualifications. Application documents will be forwarded to the relevant college or school for academic review. Admission decisions will be made on the basis of the applicants' academic performance, language proficiency, overall merits, research achievements and their prospective advisor’s comments. Applicants will be given preference if they have graduated from world-renowned universities or XMU’s sister institutions or are recommended by senior professors or experts. Applicants who are required to attend interviews or take tests will be informed in advance. A list of enrolled students will be submitted to the university authorities for final approval.

The University will publish the admission outcome on the application system of the Admissions Office in June 2017. Admitted students’ Admission Notice and Visa Application Form will be sent out in batches starting in June 2017. Applicants can log into the online application system to view the result of their application and detailed information regarding the delivery of the admission package.

7.  Length of program, duration of study and conferral of degree

Length of master's programs in Chinese: 2-3 years; Length of English-medium master's programs/MTCSOL/Academic Master’s programs at the School of Law, the Intellectual Property Research Institute and the South China Sea Institute: 2 years; Duration of study: 2-5 years.

Conferral of degree: Students will be conferred a master's degree and awarded a graduation certificate after they have fulfilled the credit point requirement, completed their graduation thesis, and satisfied their degree requirements with the stipulated period of time.

8.  Application fee: RMB 400 (payable upon signing-up online; non-refundable)

9.  Tuition per academic year in RMB (cost of course materials not included)
▲  Chinese-medium master's programs

Humanities: RMB 26,000 per year, RMB 78,000 in total;

Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Economics, Management, Law and Arts: RMB 30,000 per year, RMB 90,000 in total.

MTCSOL: RMB 30,000 per year, RMB 60,000 in total.

Academic Master’s programs at the School of Law, the Intellectual Property Research Institute and the South China Sea Institute : RMB 45,000 per year, RMB 90,000 in total.

▲  English-medium master's programs

RMB 45,000 per year, RMB 90,000 in total.

Chinese Philosophy: RMB 39,000 per year, RMB 78,000 in total.

Note: Tuition fees are subject to change without prior notice upon approval by price regulators.

10.  Living expenses

(1) Accommodation fee (utility charges not included)

Siming Campus: The overseas student apartment buildings on the Siming Campus are set in picturesque surroundings and enjoy a view of the sea and fresh air. Newly enrolled students on Siming campus should apply online for on-campus accommodation. Detailed information about on-campus accommodation application will be available in the Enrolment Instruction for New Students 2017.

Contact information of Siming Campus dormitory buildings:Nanguang #4 and Nanguang #5 (Tel: 0086-592-2184905) Cai Qingjie Building (Tel: 0086-592-2180501)

Off- Siming-campus accommodation: Accommodation off Siming Campus: Students who fail to secure on-campus accommodation are expected to make arrangements for their off-campus accommodation on their own before their arrival. Living off-campus provides greater opportunities to interact with the locals and to learn about the local community and culture. Students can choose to rent off-campus apartments and the monthly rental is around RMB 2, 000 per room. When living off-campus, international students will enjoy a quiet learning environment.

Xiang’an Campus: Students of the School of Life Sciences, Medical School, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Public Health, College of Ocean and Earth Sciences, College of Environment and Ecology, Coastal and Ocean Management Institute, College of Energy, School of Aerospace Engineering and Overseas Education College are accommodated on Xiang’an campus. The student apartments are equipped with a comprehensive range of amenities, with all rooms containing a private bathroom, a telephone, an air conditioner, Internet access points, a water heater, a safe, etc. Apartments for International Students are double rooms with the accommodation fee of RMB 2,000 per person per year.

(2) Living expenses: Around RMB 750 per month.

(3) Student insurance: RMB 600 per year.

11.  Scholarships

Chinese Government Scholarships:

The Chinese government provides full or partial scholarships to international students. Full scholarships cover tuition, accommodation, food, healthcare and insurance costs. Partial scholarships cover one or several items covered by full scholarships.

1. University Postgraduate Program (full scholarship): International applicants for programs toward a master’s degree or a PhD can apply directly to XMU’s Admissions Office. Application time: February 1 to March 31 each year.

2. Sino-US Cultural Exchange Scholarship (full scholarship): American students who wish to pursue their postgraduate degree education can apply directly to XMU’s Admissions Office between February 1 and April 15 each year.

3. Chinese Government Marine Scholarship (full scholarship): The scholarship is to support outstanding students from coastal/island countries in China’s South Sea, the Pacific and Indian Oceans or developing African countries to study in China for a mater's or doctoral degree in oceanography or other related fields. Applicants who are engaged in fields related to oceanography will be given preference. Applications can be submitted directly to XMU’s Admissions Office. Application time: February 1 to April 15 each year.

4. Chinese Government Scholarships -Bilateral Program (full or partial scholarships): Candidates of all categories can apply for this scholarship. They can apply through the educational office of Chinese embassy or consulate in their country between January and April each year. Applicants may refer to the above authorities for application deadlines.

5. MOFCOM Scholarship (full scholarships): The scholarship mainly sponsors talents from recipient countries to pursue their postgraduate degree education in China. Applicants can apply through the Economic and Commercial Counselor's Office (ECCO) of the Chinese Embassy in their country between January and April each year.

Xiamen University Institutional Code: 10384

For more information, please visit the website of XMU Admissions Office and the CSC website at

Confucius Institute Scholarship - Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) (full or partial scholarship)

This scholarship is administered by China’s Confucius Institute Headquarters with a view to encouraging students and Chinese language teachers from all over the world to study or do research in Chinese language and culture. The scholarship is offered to applicants for Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL). Holders of this scholarship are exempt from tuition and are given subsidies for accommodation, food, medical and insurance costs. Applications should contact the Confucius Institute in their home countries, make online application at and choose Xiamen University as the host university.

★ Professional Development Program for Chinese Language Teachers in South Asian Countries-Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages Students (MTCSOL) (full scholarship) 

For the purposes of deepening cultural exchanges between China and South Asian countries and promoting the localization of Chinese language teaching in South Asia, Confucius Institute Headquarters launches the scholarship Program. Applicants shall be from South Asia, mainly including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Afghanistan. The recipients will be exempt from tuition fees, on-campus accommodation fee, and be provided with monthly living allowance. A roundtrip flight of economic class shall be provided every academic year. Applicants should make online application at and choose Xiamen University as the host university.

Fujian Provincial Government Scholarships for International Students (partial scholarship)

To promote international exchange and cooperation between Fujian Province and the rest of the world, Fujian Provincial Government has set up this scholarship in 2012 to finance international students’ studies in Fujian in an undergraduate, master’s or doctoral program. The scholarship will cover tuition, accommodation and cost of course materials only for one academic year. Applicants can apply directly to XMU’s Admissions Office. Application time: February 1 to May 15 each year.

Xiamen University Scholarship for New International Students (partial scholarship)

XMU offers scholarships to doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degree candidates. Scholarship recipients will have their tuitions covered (a maximum of 4 years for doctoral programs, 2 or 3 years for master's programs, 4 or 5 years for undergraduate programs). Moreover, XMU provides monthly living allowances for outstanding master’s or doctoral candidates in accordance with the standards of Chinese Government Scholarships.  Applicants can apply directly to XMU’s Admissions Office. Application time: February 1 to April 30 each year.


1. Detailed information on scholarships is available at

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

12.  Contact information

★  XMU Admissions Office (the enrollment of international students on degree programs)
Tel: +86 (0) 592 2184792, 2188375  Fax: +86 (0) 592 2180256
Email:  Website: 
Address: Admissions Office, Xiamen University, Siming District, Xiamen, Fujian Province 361005, P. R. China

★ XMU Overseas Education College (the enrolment of Chinese language students)
Tel: +86 (0) 592 2186211   Fax: +86 (0) 592 2093346
Email:  Website:

★ XMU Overseas Students Affairs Office (International Students Registration and Management)
Tel: +86 (0) 592 2183606    Fax: +86 (0) 592 2183663
Email:   Website:

★  HSK Test – Xiamen University Test Centre
Tel: +86 (0) 592 2187478 Fax: +86 (0) 592 2093346
For more information on the HSK test, please visit