Application Guide to Undergraduate Programs for 2020

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Application Guide to Undergraduate Programs for 2020

Xiamen University (XMU), established in 1921 by renowned patriotic overseas Chinese leader Mr. Tan Kah Kee, is a comprehensive institution of higher education directly affiliated with China’s Ministry of Education. In 2017, XMU was categorized as type A university by China’s Double First-Class Initiative. The University was placed among the world’s top 400 institutions in various authoritative world university rankings, such as THE, QS, US News and ARWU.

Currently, the University has a total enrollment of approximately 40,000 students, including 20,077 in bachelor’s programs and 20,225in master’s and doctoral programs. Close to 1,200 international students are enrolled in degree programs at XMU. Students enjoy a world-class intellectual environment on a campus nestled snugly between the hills and the sea and known for its top-notch faculty and first-class facilities. They form a vibrant and essential part of the XMU community. 

Over the years, XMU has forged partnerships with more than 240higher-learning institutions in the U.K., the U.S., Japan, France, Russia and engaged in substantive cooperation with 50 of the world’s top 200 universities. Moreover, the University operates 15 Confucius Institutes in 13 countries and regions. In February 2016, Xiamen University Malaysia (XMUM) welcomed its first cohort of students. As one of the nation’s leading institutions of higher education, XMU is committed to developing the intellectual and personal strengths of its students.


I. Eligibility

1. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens aged between 18 and 30 (as of September 1, 2020), be in good health, and possess a valid regular passport.

(1) 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 4 years, and must have actually resided in a foreign country for at least 2 years in the past 4 years (as of April 30, 2020). (9 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 the actual length of foreign residence.)

(2) Foreign citizens of Chinese origin (including former Chinese citizens who have obtained foreign citizenships, as well as the non-Chinese descendants of present or former Chinese citizens) only after being officially recognized by the Division of Exit and Entry Administration of Public Security Bureau as foreign citizens, can they apply for Residence Permit in China and register their academic records as international students. Please refer to the Instructions for Citizenship Certification (https://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/cn/16975/list.htm) for more information. Those who are not officially recognized as foreign citizens will have their qualification for enrolment revoked.

2. Applicants should hold a high school diploma with a satisfactory academic record.


II. Application Timeline: February 1 – April 30, 2020. Late applications will not be considered.


III. Application Procedures

Applicants should apply online and pay the application fee at http://application.xmu.edu.cn.

Applicants are expected to keep their phones on and check their online application account and email regularly as XMU’s Admissions Office may contact them when necessary.

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


IV. Application Documents

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

1. Application Form for International Students, which should be completed and signed in Chinese or English, and will be automatically generated after successful online application.

2. High school diploma or Certificate of Expected Graduation, bearing the stamp of the School.

(1) Graduating high school students should submit a Certificate of Expected Graduation, issued by their high schools. They should obtain a high school diploma before their entry to XMU in September 2020.

(2) High school graduates should submit their formal high school diplomas.

3. Academic transcripts for high school studies, bearing the stamp of the School.

(1) Graduating high school students should submit academic transcripts for each year of high school to date.

(2) High school graduates should submit a complete set of academic transcripts for high school.

(3) The results report of their national college matriculation exam or internationally accepted standardized tests, e.g. UEC/A Level/ AP/IB/ SAT/ACT.

4. Language proficiency certificate.

(1) Chinese proficiency requirements for Chinese-medium programs

Applicants for programs in the humanities, economics, management and law need to have a Chinese proficiency certificate of HSK band 5 with a score of 210 or above; applicants for programs in sciences, engineering and medicine should have a certificate of HSK band 4 with a score of 210 or above. Applicants who have taken all courses in Chinese during their high school studies are exempt from the HSK certificate requirement, but a medium-of-instruction certificate from the high school should be furnished.

(2) English proficiency requirements for English-medium MBBS program

Applicants should present a TOEFL iBT certificate with a score of 80 or above, or an IELTS Academic certificate with an overall score of 6.0. XMU's DI Code for TOEFL is C310. Applicants who have taken all courses in English during their high school studies are exempt from the TOEFL iBT or IELTS certificate requirement, but a medium-of-instruction certificate from the high school should be furnished. Native English speakers are exempt from this requirement.

5. A Letter of Recommendation in Chinese or English, either signed by the recommender or bearing the stamp of the recommending organization.

6. Personal statement (minimum 800 words), which should include a self-introduction, a description of one’s educational experience, motivations for studying in China and study plan. Applicants for Chinese-medium programs are expected to deliver it in Chinese. Applicants for English-medium programs are expected to deliver it in English.

7. Scanned copy of valid regular passport. The passport should be valid through October 31, 2020.

(1) Applicants to whom the note to the first item of the Eligibility section applies, should submit a copy of their valid regular passports which they have held for at least 4 years, a copy of the entry and exit stamps in their passports showing that they have resided in a foreign country for at least 2 years in the last 4 years and Certificate of Naturalization issued by their current citizenship country.

(2) To avoid bad influences in their registration and application for the Residence Permit in China, foreign citizens of Chinese origin (including former Chinese citizens who have obtained foreign citizenships, as well as the non-Chinese descendants of present or former Chinese citizens) are strongly advised to put together the required documents according to the Instructions for Citizenship Certification before their arrival in China.

8. Foreigner Physical Examination Form (https://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/16899/list.htm) completed in Chinese or English, bearing the stamp of the hospital. Physical examination results are valid for 6 months.

9. Financial Support Guarantee Statement (https://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/16900/list.htm) and its supporting documents completed in Chinese or English, certifying that the applicant has sufficient funds to cover his or her tuition, accommodation, living expenses and international travels during his or her study in China. Only applicant himself/herself or his/her family can act as a financial sponsor. The Statement should be accompanied by a copy of the financial sponsor’s valid passport or identification certificate. Applicants for scholarships are not exempt from this requirement.

10. Other supporting documents, such as competition awards, merit certificates, community service or special skills certificates, may be submitted in the “Supporting Materials” section in online application as well. 


(1) All the application materials in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by the original copy and its notarized translation in Chinese or English. It is advised to have the original copy and its translation notarized at the Chinese Embassy in the applicant’s home country. Please stamp on the edges of all sheets with part of the impression on each sheet if the document consists of more than one page.

(2) Applicants are expected to submit a complete set of application materials and will be held accountable for the authenticity of their documents. Incomplete or forged materials will be rejected.

(3) In general, there is no need to mail original hard-copy materials through courier service. However, under extraordinary circumstances, the University reserves the rights to require applicants to mail original hard-copy documents for further review and identification. No application materials will be returned, regardless of the outcome of the application.


V. Academic Programs

XMU implements diversified talent cultivation modes. Students will take general courses in the first and/or second years and decide on a specific field of study in the second and third years according to the XMU Regulations on the Determination of a Specific Field of Study for Undergraduate Students.

For the bachelor's programs on offer for 2020 entry (including the contact information of coordinators at schools or colleges), please visit https://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/16885/list.htm.

1. Chinese-medium Programs:

Most of the bachelor's programs are taught in Chinese.

2. English-medium Program: 

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

XMU is one of the Chinese universities authorized by China’s Ministry of Education to enroll international students in the English-medium MBBS program. The program aims to help international students to become qualified medical professionals through 6 years of training in the medical school and hospitals. Applicants for this program who pass the preliminary review will be invited to take a video interview. Please refer to the notification of the School of Medicine for the interview procedure.


VI. Admission and Selection

1.    Verification of qualification

There will be a comprehensive review of the applicant’s foreign identity, high school diploma, academic performance, language proficiency, personal statement, recommendations and extracurricular activities.

2.    Interview assessment

For those applicants who pass the verification of qualification, the related college or school will take a video interview assessment (via Skype), focuses on the students' language communication ability, overall merit, etc. Please refer to related college or school’s phone or email notification for the interview procedure.


The admission decision will be based on the verification of the applicant’s qualification and interview assessment results, as well as their program choice.

The outcome of application will be published on the application system of the Admissions Office in mid-June. Admission Notices and Student Visa Application Forms (JW202) for successful applicants will be mailed out starting in July 2020.


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

1. Length of program

(1) Chinese-medium programs: 4-5 years;

(2) English-medium MBBS program: 6 years.

2. Duration of study

(1) 4-year bachelor’s degree programs: a maximum of 6 years;

(2) 5-year bachelor’s degree programs: a maximum of 7 years;

(3) 6-year MBBS program: a maximum of 8 years.

3. Conferral of degree

Students will be conferred a bachelor's degree and a graduation certificate after they have fulfilled the credit requirement, completed their graduation thesis, and satisfied their degree requirements within the stipulated period of time.


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


IX. Tuition Fee (cost of course materials not included)

1. Chinese-medium programs:

(1) Humanities: RMB 24,000 per year;

(2) Science, Engineering, Medicine, Economics, Management, Law, and Arts: RMB 26,000 per year;

2. English-medium MBBS program: RMB 38,000 per year.

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


X. Study Expenses

1. Accommodation

(1) The international student apartments on the Siming campus offer 4-person rooms, with daily accommodation fees per bed ranging from RMB 8 to RMB 50. Students on the Xiang’an campus will be accommodated in suites, each of which comprises 4 double-rooms. The accommodation fee is RMB 2,000 per academic year. Please refer to the updated notice of the year for the specific accommodation fees.

International students accommodating on campus are required to pay the water and electricity fees in accordance with the University’s regulations. Details related to the charging ways and standards, please refer to the Enrollment Instruction for the New Students.

Phone numbers for enquiries about on-campus accommodation for international students:

① Siming Campus: +86 (0)592 2180501

② Xiang’an Campus: +86 (0)592 2886252

(2) Due to the limited availability of accommodation on the Siming campus, priority will be given to students who are recipients of full scholarships or scholarships that cover on-campus accommodation on the Siming campus. If on-campus accommodation is available thereafter, it will be made available to self-supporting students upon request for an academic year.

(3) Off-Siming campus accommodation:

Students who fail to secure on-campus accommodation are expected to arrange for their off-campus accommodation on their own before their arrival. The monthly rental of an apartment room near the Siming campus is around RMB 2,500. 

(4) Recipients of Chinese Government Scholarships or Confucius Institute Scholarships that cover on-campus accommodation fee (except the Professional Development Program for Chinese Language Teachers in South Asian Countries for MTCSOL), if they give up free on-campus accommodation and choose to live off campus, can apply for an accommodation subsidy. Please refer to the updated notice of the year. For enquiries, please contact the Overseas Students Affairs Office on86 (0)592 2183606 or at osao@xmu.edu.cn

2. Living Cost: Around RMB 1,000-1,500 per month.

3. Medical Insurance: For the safety of international students in China, according to the regulations of the Chinese Ministry of Education and Xiamen University, international students are required to purchase medical insurance for an annual fee of RMB 800. Please refer to the enrolment instructions for detailed information on medical insurance.

XI. Scholarship Programs

Detailed information is available at https://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/si/list.htm.

1.   Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Scholarship

The Tan Kah Kee Scholarship was set up by Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Education Foundation in 2017 as part of its efforts to foster the Tan Kah Kee spirit in entrepreneurship and dedication to education. The Scholarships are open to international students of Chinese descent from countries along the Maritime Silk Road who wish to study undergraduate, master and PhD programs in Xiamen. Application period: February 1 – April15. 

2. Xiamen University Scholarship for New International Students

XMU itself offers scholarships to doctoral, master’s and undergraduate candidates. Scholarship recipients will have their tuitions covered (a maximum of 4 or 5 years for bachelor’s degree programs, 2 or 3 years for master’s degree programs, 4 years for doctoral degree programs). Moreover, XMU provides monthly living allowances for outstanding master’s or doctoral candidates in accordance with the standards of Chinese Government Scholarships. Application period: February 1 – April 15.

3.   Fujian Provincial Government Scholarship for International Students

The Scholarship is open to international students who wish to study in degree programs in Fujian Province. It is available only for one academic year and amounts to RMB 30,000 for undergraduates, RMB 40,000 for master’s students and RMB 50,000 for doctoral students. The University will select the best candidates from the pool of students who have passed the annual review. The shortlisted students will be recommended for the renewal of the scholarship in the subsequent year. Application period: February 1 – April 15. 

4. Chinese Government Scholarships

(1) Bilateral Program (full or partial scholarship)

Applicants shall apply to Chinese diplomatic missions or their country’s dispatching agencies from January to April. Applicants may refer to the above authorities for application deadlines. For more information, please visit http://www.campuschina.org/content/details3_74775.html.  

(2) Sino-U.S. Cultural Exchange Scholarship (full scholarship) (Agency No. of XMU: 10384)

U.S. students who wish to pursue their degree education in China can apply directly to XMU’s Admissions Office. Application period: February 1 – April 15.

In line with XMU’s Guidelines on Selecting Candidates for International Students Scholarships, the University will follow the principle of formality, equality and impartiality and select the best candidates from the pool of qualified and admitted students. The shortlisted candidates will be submitted to the university authorities and the relevant scholarship management institutions for final approval. 

The scholarship recipients will be assessed on an annual basis in accordance with the relevant scholarship regulations and only those meeting the required standards will have their scholarship renewed for the subsequent year. Those who fail in the review will no longer be eligible for the scholarship.


XII. Monitoring, complaints and action for misconduct

1. Under the guidance of the University’s Student Recruitment Leadership Group, XMU’s international student recruitment is jointly conducted by its Admissions Office and the relevant schools/colleges and is subject to the monitoring of the University’s Supervision Division. The Supervision Division can be reached on +86 (0)592 2180299.

2. Applicants are responsible for the truthfulness and accuracy of the information and documents they have submitted. New students’ admission qualifications will be rechecked upon their entry to XMU. Failure to meet the admission regulations for international students or any falsification or misrepresentation will result in disqualification of enrollment in accordance with the regulations of the educational authorities and the University.


XIII. Contact information

1. XMU Admissions Office (International Students Recruitment)

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

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

2. XMU Overseas Education College (Chinese Language Students Recruitment)

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

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

3. XMU School of Medicine (For Enquiries on MBBS’s Courses)

Tel: +86 (0)592 2186901                     Email: mbbs@xmu.edu.cn

Website: http://mbbs.xmu.edu.cn

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

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

Email: osao@xmu.edu.cn                    Website: http://xsc.xmu.edu.cn

5. HSK Test – Xiamen University Test Centre

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

Website: http://www.hanban.edu.cn/tests 

 The English version of these Guidelines is provided for reference and as a general guide ONLY. In case of any discrepancy between the English and Chinese versions, the Chinese version shall prevail. These Guidelines may not be reproduced without authorization.