Application Guidelines for the 2015 Undergraduate Programs

Date: 2014-12-03 Views:56

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. The University is one of China’s most prestigious higher-learning institutions, enjoying privileged support from both the nation’s “211 Project” and the “985 Project”. 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. XMU now consists of three campuses - Siming, Zhangzhou and Xiang’an. 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 aged between 18 and 30, be in good health, and possess a valid passport.

Note:  Residents of mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who have emigrated to a foreign country and who are now applying to study in China as international students must have held a valid foreign passport or certificate of Nationality for at least four years, and must have actually resided in a foreign country for at least two years in the past four years (as of April 30, 2015). (Nine months of residence in a foreign country may count as a full year. The dates of the entry and exit stamps in the passport will be followed in the determination of actual foreign residence.)

(2)   Applicants should have a high school diploma with a satisfactory academic performance.

2.   Application time:February 1 - July 1, 2015

3.    Application procedures

(1) Online application

Applicants should first apply online at http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/application


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

2).   Applicants interested in the program of the Chinese Language may directly contact XMU Overseas Education College and sign up online at http://oec.xmu.edu.cn. (Email: oec@xmu.edu.cn              Tel: +86-(0)592-2186211)

(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 hard copies should reach the Office by July 1, 2015. (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 account regularly as XMU’s Admissions Office will contact them when necessary. 

 Application procedures:


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) High school diploma (a notarized copy in English or Chinese). Applicants who are currently studying at high school 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 high school diploma to the XMU’s Admissions Office before the specified registration date (Mid-September 2015); failure to do so will result in disqualification of enrollment.

(3) Academic transcripts for high school study. Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by notarized translation in Chinese or English.

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

(5)   A self-introduction video clip.

   The video clip should be five to ten minutes long and include your self–introduction and a description of your hobby, extra-curricular activities, your view of China and Xiamen University, your study plan in China. The introduction should be delivered in Chinese. Applicants for the English-medium programs are expected to deliver it in English.

   How to submit: Compress and save the video clip in the rar. format, and then submit it in online application. Alternatively, save it in a disk (or USB Flash Disk) and post it with other required application documents to the Admissions Office of Xiamen University. Mark the applicant’s name and nationality on the disk.

(6) A letter of recommendation in Chinese or English from applicants’ high school.

(7)   Personal statement (minimum 800 words) in Chinese or English, which should include a self-introduction, a description of your educational experience, your motivations for studying in China and your study plan.

(8)   A photocopy of your valid passport.

Note: Applicants to whom the note to the first item of the Eligibility section applies, should submit a photocopy of their valid passports which they have held for at least four years or certificate of naturalization, as well as a photocopy of the entry and exit stamps in their passports showing that they have resided in a foreign country for at least two years in the last four years.

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

(10)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.

(11)Other supporting documents including merit certificates and internships certificates may be submitted as well. Applicants with such certificates will be given preference.

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.

5.    Academic programs

Xiamen University implements diversified talent cultivation modes. Students will take general courses in the first and second years and decide on a specific field of study in the second and third years according to the Regulations on the Determination of a Specific Field of Study for Undergraduate Students at Xiamen University. Applicants can select up to three programs of choice; the second and third choices will be considered as well.

The intake of undergraduate programs for the A/Y 2015-2016 will be 250 in total. Please refer to the column of “Undergraduate Programs” to learn more about the academic programs on offer for 2015 entry and their respective quotas.

(1)  Chinese-medium Undergraduate Programs

Most undergraduate programs are taught in Chinese. For further details, please see http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/en/show/82.html

Chinese proficiency requirement

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 or above; applicants for programs in sciences, engineering and medicine should have a certificate of new HSK band 4 or above. Students who have taken courses mainly in Chinese during their high school studies are exempt from the HSK certificate requirement, provided that they can produce proof of language of instruction used in their high school studies.

(2)English-medium Undergraduate Programs

XMU is one of the Chinese universities authorized by China’s Ministry of Education to enroll international students in the MBBS program in English. The program aims to help international students to become qualified medical professionals through six years of training in the medical school and hospitals.

   English proficiency requirement

Applicants should present a TOEFL certificate with 80 points or above, or an IELTS certificate with grade 6.0 or above, or another certificate of English proficiency from an accredited test. Native English speakers and applicants who have taken courses in English during their high school 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. Admission decisions will be made on the basis of the applicants' academic performance, overall merits, their high school’s comments and their program preference. Applicants who are required to attend interviews or take tests will be informed in advance.

The University will publish the admission outcome on the application system of the Admissions Office about a month after receiving a complete set of hard-copy application documents.  Admitted students’ Admission Notice and Visa Application Form will be sent out in batches and succession as from June 2015. Applicants can log into the online application system (http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/application) 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 undergraduate programs: 4-5 years;

Duration of study: A maximum of 6 years for four-year undergraduate programs; a maximum of 7 years for five-year undergraduate programs.

Conferral of degree: Students will be conferred a bachelor's degree and awarded a graduation certificate after they have fulfilled the credit point requirement, completed their graduation thesis, and satisfied their degree requirements in 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)

(1)   Chinese-medium programs

•      Humanities: RMB 24,000 per year;

•      Science, Engineering, Medicine, Economics, Management, Law, Arts and Physical Education: RMB 26,000 per year;

(2) English-medium programs:

Clinical Medicine (MBBS): RMB 38,000 per year.

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: 

Holders of full scholarships or partial scholarships covering accommodation fee will be given preference over self-funded students in the allocation of dorm rooms on the Siming campus. The on-campus dormitories will be made available to self-funded students when there are vacancies. The overseas student apartment buildings on the Siming Campus are set in picturesque surroundings and enjoy a view of the sea and fresh air. The dorms are equipped with a range of amenities. Undergraduates live in four-person rooms with the monthly accommodation fee of RMB 750.

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: 

Due to the limited number of dormitories on the Siming campus, self-funded students and recipients of Xiamen University Scholarships should make arrangements for off-campus accommodation before registration. 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 Oceanography and Earth Sciences, College of Environment and Ecology, College of Energy Research and Overseas Education College are accommodated on the 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. Undergraduates live in four-person rooms with an accommodation fee of RMB 1,200 per person per year. Undergraduates of the Overseas Education College live in double rooms with the accommodation fee of RMB 2,000 per person per year. Undergraduates of MBBS live in double rooms with the accommodation fee of RMB 1,600 per person per year.

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

(3)  Student insurance: RMB 600 per year.

11. Scholarship programs

(1) Chinese Government Scholarships for Specific Countries (full scholarship)

Applicants shall apply to Chinese diplomatic missions or their country’s dispatching agencies between January and April. Applicants may refer to the above authorities for application deadlines. China Scholarship Council (CSC) is in charge of the recruitment and the management of the Chinese Government Scholarship Program.

   Xiamen University Institutional Code: 10384

For more information, please visithttp://www.csc.edu.cn/laihua/scholarshipdetailen.aspx?cid=97&id=3157

(2) Confucius Institute Scholarship for Students of BTCSOL (full scholarship)

The scholarship is available to students from Confucius Institutes in underdeveloped regions in Asia and Africa, who are interested in Chinese Language teaching. Scholarship winners will major in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (or Chinese in the direction of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages). Scholarship winners are exempt from tuition, fees for basic learning materials, accommodation fees on campus, and are provided with monthly living allowance, outpatient medical service and comprehensive insurance in China. More information is available at http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/en/show/59.html. Application time: March to May 2015.

(3)   Fujian Provincial Government Scholarships for International Students (partial scholarship)

Fujian Provincial Government sets up this scholarship in 2012 for international students studying in Fujian in an undergraduate, master’s or doctoral program. The scholarship will cover tuition, accommodation and cost of course materials. Applicants can apply directly to XMU’s Admissions Office between Feb. 1 and May 31, 2015.

(4)   Xiamen University Scholarship for New International Students (partial scholarship)

XMU offers scholarships to doctoral, master’s and undergraduate candidates. Scholarship recipients will have their tuitions covered (a maximum of 4 years for doctoral programs, 2-3 years for master's programs, 4-5 years for undergraduate programs). Applicants can apply directly to XMU’s Admissions Office between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2015.

Notes: Detailed information on scholarships is available ahttp://admissions.xmu.edu.cn

The scholarship recipients' academic performance will be assessed each year and only those achieving 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:    admissions@xmu.edu.cn   Website:http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn 

Address: Admissions Office, Xiamen University, Siming Campus, Xiamen City, 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:    oec@xmu.edu.cnWebsite: http://oec.xmu.edu.cn 

XMU Overseas Students Affairs Office (International Students Registration and Management)

Tel:       +86 (0) 592 2183606  Fax:      +86 (0) 592 2183663

Email:    osao@xmu.edu.cnWebsite: http://ice.xmu.edu.cn 

HSK Test –Xiamen University Test Centre

Tel:       +86 (0) 592 2181012, 2187478 Fax:      +86 (0) 592 2093346

For more information on the HSK test, please visithttp://www.hanban.edu.cn/tests/