Application  Guide to Undergraduate Programs for 2020

orginal link of Admission office website  

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  ( 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

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  (Email:; 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, law, arts and traditional  Chinese medicine 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 ( completed in  Chinese or English, bearing the stamp of the hospital. Physical examination  results are valid for 6 months.

9. Financial  Support Guarantee  Statement ( 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 (only applicants for the Tan Kah Kee Scholarship are required to send  hard-copy materials). 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  

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

<!--[if  !supportLists]-->1.     <!--[endif]-->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.

<!--[if  !supportLists]-->2.     <!--[endif]-->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

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  

<!--[if  !supportLists]-->1.    <!--[endif]-->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.

<!--[if  !supportLists]-->3.    <!--[endif]-->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   

(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:         Website:

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

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

Email:                      Website:

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

Tel:  +86 (0)592 2186901                  Email:


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

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

Email:                     Website:

5. HSK  Test – Xiamen University Test Centre

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


 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.