Doctoral students

Application Guidelines for the 2015 Doctoral Programs

Date: 2014-12-03 Views:68

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, be in good health, and possess a valid passport.

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

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

3.    Application procedures

(1) Online application

Applicants should first make online application 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 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 open and check their email 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)  Master'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 master’s degree to the XMU Admissions Office before the specified registration date (Mid-September 2015); failure to do so will result in disqualification of enrollment.

(3)   Academic transcripts relating to master's degree’s study. 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.

(5)  Two letters of recommendation in Chinese or English by professors or associate professors.

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

(7)  A photocopy of your valid passport.

(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.

Note: Applicants are expected to submit a complete set of hard-copy application materials. 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 doctoral programs

Most doctoral programmes at XMU are taught in Chinese. 

Chinese proficiency requirement

Applicants for programs in the humanities, economics, management, law and arts need to have a Chinese proficiency certificate of new HSK band 5 or above; applicants for programmes 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 master’s degree studies are exempt from the HSK certificate requirement, provided that they can produce proof of language of instruction used in their master’s degree studies.

 (2)English-medium doctoral programs

XMU has a team of highly qualified professors, many of whom have obtained doctorates from overseas universities. They are able to instruct international students in English. Currently XMU offers more than 60 doctoral programmes in English.

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 other certificate of English proficiency from an accredited test. Native English speakers and applicants who took courses in English during their master’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 qualification. 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, 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 sister universities 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 around a month after receiving a complete set of hard-copy 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 ( ) to view the result of their application and detailed information regarding the delivery of the admission package.

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

Length of doctoral programmes: 4 years;

Duration of study: 4-7 years; Doctoral candidates can apply for early graduation when they meet the requirements.

Conferral of degree: Students will be conferred a Ph.D. degree and awarded graduation certificate after they have fulfilled the credit point requirement, completed their graduation thesis and successfully defended their thesis within the prescribed time frame.

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

9.  Tuition per academic year in RMB (excluding cost of course materials)


1.    Despite the fact that the length of doctoral programs has been extended to four years, doctoral students only pay tuition for a total of three years, not four years.

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

▲   Chinese-medium doctoral programs

Humanities: RMB 30,000 per year, RMB 90,000 in total.

Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Economics, Management, Law and Arts: RMB 34,000 per year, RMB 102,000 in total.

▲   English-medium doctoral programs

Humanities: RMB 42,000 per year, RMB 126,000 in total;

Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Economics, Management, Law and Arts: RMB 55,000 per year, RMB 165,000 in total.

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. Doctoral students live in single rooms with the monthly accommodation fee of around RMB 1,500. 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 Ocean and Earth Sciences, College of Environment and Ecology, Coastal and Ocean Management Institute, College 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 private bathroom, a telephone, an air conditioner, Internet access points, a water heater, a safe, etc. Doctoral students live in single rooms with the accommodation fee of RMB 2,400 - 4,000 per person per year. (Note: Doctoral students who take one-year remedial Chinese courses prior to the degree studies will be accommodated in double rooms during the language learning year.)

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

(3)   Student insurance: RMB 600 per year.

11.  Scholarships

(1) 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.

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, 2015.

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 30, 2015.

Chinese Government Scholarships for Specific Countries (full or partial scholarships): Candidates of all categories can apply for this scholarship. They shall apply to 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.

Xiamen University Institutional Code: 10384

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

(2)   Confucius China Studies Plan- Ph.D. Fellowships (full scholarship)

The fellowships consist of two subprograms, namely, the “Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship” and “Ph.D. in China Fellowship”. They are currently the most valuable fellowship programs that are available to international students in China. Financial support is mainly is provided through the support of specific research and other projects in the designated academic areas of Humanities and Social Sciences. Applicants need to submit their applications directly at and choose Xiamen University as the host university. Application time: through January 31, 2015. More information is available at

(3)   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, on-campus accommodation and cost of course materials. Applicants can apply directly to XMU’s Admissions Office. Application time: February 1 to May 31, 2015.

(4)   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 4 years for doctoral programmes, 2-3 years for master's programmes, 4-5 years for undergraduate programmes). Moreover, XMU provides monthly living allowances for outstanding master’s or doctoral candidates in accordance with the standards of Chinese Government Scholarships. Application time: February to April 30, 2015.


1.   Detailed information on scholarships is available at:

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

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

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

Website:  Email:

Address: Admissions Office of Xiamen University, Siming District, Xiamen, Fujian Province, P. R. China 361005

   XMU Overseas Education College (the enrolment of Chinese language students)

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

Website:   Email:

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

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

Website:   Email:

   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 visit