Prospectus for Undergraduate Programmes 2014

Date: 2014-01-06 Views:137

Xiamen University (XMU) was founded in 1921 by the well-known patriotic overseas Chinese leader Tan Kah Kee. With a top-notch faculty and staff, XMU offers a broad range of academic programmes. It is a key comprehensive university directly affiliated toChina’s Ministry of Education, and is a first-class university with extensive international influence, ranking among the top 20 out of the over 2,000 higher-education institutions in China. XMU consists of three campuses - Siming, Zhangzhou and Xiang’an campuses. All three campuses are nestled snugly between green hills and the blue sea, earning XMU the reputation asChina’s most beautiful university.

 Ten Reasons to Study at Xiamen University

1. Eligibility

2. Application time

3. Application procedures

4. Application documents

5. Academic programmes

6. Acceptance

7. Length of programme, duration of study and conferring of degree

8. Application fee

9. Tuition

10. Accommodation and living expenses

11. Scholarships

12. Contact information

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 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, 2014). (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: Feb. 1- July 1, 2014

3. Application procedures

(1) Online application

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

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 Admissions Office by July 1, 2014. (Postal address: Admissions Office of Xiamen University, Fujian Province,China361005; Tel: +86-0592-2184792)

 Late applications will not be considered. Applicants are expected to keep their phones open and check their email regularly as XMU Admissions Office will contact them when necessary. 

Note: Applicants interested in the program of the Chinese Language may directly contactXMUOverseasEducationCollegewithout having to sign up online. ( Email: oec@xmu.edu.cn  Tel: +86-(0)592-2186211

 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 (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 Admissions Office before the specified registration date; failure to do so will result in disqualification of enrollment.

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

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

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

(6) Write a 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 inChina, and your study plan.

(7)  Photocopy of a 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, 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.

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

(9) 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) Applicants applying for the Architecture or Artistic Design program should have a foundation in fine arts and are required to submit samples of artwork. Applicants applying for the Music program should have a foundation in music and are required to attend an interview conducted by the University.

(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 programmes

XiamenUniversityimplements diversified talent cultivation modes. Students will take general courses in the first and second years and decide on a specific field of study by taking relevant courses in the second and third years. Applicants can select up to three programmes of choice and the second and third choices will be considered as well.

(1)   Chinese-medium Undergraduate Programmes

Most undergraduate programmes are taught in Chinese. For further details, please see


 Chinese proficiency requirement

Applicants for programmes in the humanities, economics, management, law, arts and traditional Chinese medicine need to have a Chinese proficiency certificate of new HSK band 5 (or HSK band 6) or above; applicants for programmes in sciences should have a certificate of new HSK band 4 (or HSK band 3) 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 Programme



Degree Awarded

School of Economics


Bachelor of Economics

Economics is a well-established discipline at XMU. The programme is run on the internationally recognized educational model and students are instructed by a team of highly-qualified professors who use original English textbooks.



Degree awarded

Medical School

Clinical Medicine (MBBS)

Bachelor of Medicine

XMU is one of the Chinese universities authorized byChina’s Ministry of Education to enroll international students in the MBBS program in English. The programme 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

Admission decisions will be made on the basis of the applicants' academic performance, overall merits, their high school’s comments and their programme preference. Students will be given priority if they apply with a high score in SAT, IB diploma, GCE A level test, or UEC test. 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 a month after receiving a complete set of application documents and send out the Admission Notice soon afterwards. Applicants can log into the online application system (http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/application ) to find out the result of their application and detailed information regarding the delivery of the admission package.

7. Length of programme, duration of study and conferring of degree

Length of bachelor's programmes: 4-5 years;

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

Conferring 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 programmes

• Humanities: RMB 18,000 per year;

Traditional Chinese Medicine: RMB 18,400 per year;

Sciences, Economics, Management, Law, Medicine, Arts: RMB 20,000 per year;

(2) English-medium programmes: RMB 26,000 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 enjoy the priority of living in the dorms on Siming campus over self-funded students. 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)CaiQingjieBuilding(Tel: 0086-592-2180501)

* Off- Siming campus accommodation: 

Due to the shortage of dormitories on Siming campus, self-funded students and awardees of Xiamen University Scholarships should make arrangements for their off-campus living places in advance 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 2000 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,Institute of Energy Research 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 separate bathroom, a telephone, an air conditioner, Internet access points, a water heater, a safe, etc. Undergraduates live in four-person rooms with the accommodation fee of RMB 1,200 per person per year. Undergraduate of MBBS programme 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 programmes

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

Applicants shall apply to Chinese diplomatic missions or dispatching authorities 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 Chinese Government Scholarship Program.

 Agency No. ofXiamenUniversity: 10384

For more information, please visit


(2) Fujian Provincial Government Scholarships for International Students (partial scholarships):

Fujian Provincial Government sets up this scholarship in 2012 to finance international students to study inFujianin an undergraduate, master’s or doctoral program. The scholarship will cover tuition, accommodation; cost of course materials, etc. Applicants can apply directly to XMU admissions office.

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

XMU offers scholarships to doctoral, master’s and undergraduate candidates. Scholarship awardees will have their tuitions covered (a maximum of 3-4 years for doctoral programmes, 2-3 years for master's programmes, 4-5 years for undergraduate programmes).


1. Detailed information on scholarships is available at: http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn

2. The awardees' 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

Address:No. 422 Siming South Road,Xiamen University,FujianProvince 361005, P. R. China

 XMU Admissions Office (the enrollment of international students on degree programmes)

Tel: +86 (0) 592 2184792, 2188375 Fax: +86 (0) 592 2180256

Web: http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn Email: admissions@xmu.edu.cn

Address: Admissions Office ofXiamen University,FujianProvince 361005, P. R. China

XMUOverseasEducationCollege(the enrolment of Chinese language students)

Tel: +86 (0) 592 2186211 Fax: +86 (0) 592 2093346

Web: http://oec.xmu.edu.cn Email: oec@xmu.edu.cn

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

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

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

 HSK Test XiamenUniversityTest Centre

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

For more information on the HSK test, please visit http://www.hanban.edu.cn/node_7486.htm.