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              Xiamen University was founded in 1921 by Tan Kah Kee, the well-known patriotic overseas Chinese leader. It was the first university in China founded by an overseas Chinese. At present it is the only university in any of five special economic zones and is one of China 's higher-level universities designated for the state key construction of the “211 Project” and the “985 Project”. Currently, Professor Zhu Chongshi is the President of the University and Professor Zhu Zhiwen is the Chairman of the University Council.

              Over the past eighty–seven years, as the result of following the school motto: Pursue Excellence, Strive for Perfection , Xiamen University has accumulated rich experience in offering its educational programs and has presented its distinctive features in running the programs. Equipped with a strong team of faculty and staff, Xiamen University, which provides a fairly complete range of programs of education, has become a first-class comprehensive university in China with extensive international influence. Since its founding, Xiamen University has produced more than 150,000 undergraduates and graduates for the country and over 60 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) have studied or worked at Xiamen University.

              Xiamen University has a graduate school and 22 schools containing 60 departments. With 14 Doctoral degrees in first –class disciplines, and 17 Master degree in first-class disciplines, the university offers 79 undergraduate programs, 219 graduate programs, and 134 PhD programs. 14 subjects have been assessed and awarded as “the national key disciplines”. There are 15 Post doctoral research centers, 9 subjects of “national educational centers for talents”, 11 subjects listed among the state key disciplines in the "211 Project” construction during the period of the tenth Five-year plan and11 subjects listed among the innovation research bases in the second phase of the “985 Project”.  




              Overseas Education College (OEC) is the institution of higher learning in Xiamen University specialized in overseas education. Founded in 1956 and formerly known as Overseas Correspondent College and other names, it is one of the oldest institutions in China offering teaching programs for overseas students. OEC got its present name in 1991 with the approval from the Ministry of Education. OEC includes the Department of Chinese, Distance Education Center, Office of Overseas Students, Research Institute of Overseas Chinese Education, etc. It is one of the four national Southeast-Asia-oriented Chinese teaching bases in China and one of the key institutions designated by the Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs of the State Council to support China’s neighboring countries in teaching Chinese.

              Since its establishment, the Overseas Education College has enrolled more than 20,000 overseas correspondence students and over 6,500 overseas students from more than 90 countries and regions. Therefore, the Overseas Education College has been praised for "imparting knowledge all over the world and thus gaining a good reputation throughout the five continents".




              Spring Semester of 2009

              Academic Schedule:
              Autumn semester: Sep. 16, 2008 to Jan. 16th, 2009
              Winter vacation: Jan. 17 to Feb. 15, 2009
              Spring semester: Feb. 13 to July 24, 2009
              Summer vacation: July 25, 2009 to September, 2009
              Summer short-terms: May 12 to July 4, 2008; July 7, 2008 to Aug. 1, 2008
              The 2009 spring semester of regular Chinese program will start on Feb. 13th, 2009. Please apply before the application deadline, Dec. 31st, 2008. If you want to apply after the deadline, please contact us for more advice.

              Registration dates: Feb. 13th & 14th, 2009

              Placement test: Feb. 16th, 2009

              Opening ceremony: Feb. 16th, 2009

              Class hours: (Monday to Friday):
              8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
              13:00 a.m. - 14:30 p.m.
              14:40 p.m. - 16:10 p.m.

              Registration Fee: 400RMB

              Tuition Fee: 8000RMB/semester.

              Other costs:
              Accommodation: about 900-1500RMB/month/person.
              Meals: about 600RMB for meals per month.
              Textbook fee: based on the courses you take, about 300RMB per semester.
              Insurance premium: about 600 RMB
              There might be some other expenses, but it won't be much.
              Application requirements:
              High school graduates or above, healthy, 18 years old to 55 years old.

              Application procedures:
              Download Application Form for Chinese Language Students at or call/email/visit us for the application form.

              Fill the form in detail especially names, passport number, birthday, address, contact, major and length of study. Typing on a computer is suggested. Please make sure the script is clear if you need to fill it by hand.

              Email us the application form and passport copy with “application” as the email topic. Application by fax, letter or office visit is also acceptable.

              Qualification check is done as soon as your application is received. We will notify you of the qualification-check result by email/telephone. Please call us if you don’t received reply from us one week after application.

              After qualification check, we will make the admission notice and visa application form (Jw202), submit them to the university and then to the city government for approval and mail them to the address in your application form as soon as they are ready. Usually it takes 30-45 days to receive the documents after your application is qualified.

              Bring in person your passport, photos, admission notice and visa application form to the local Chinese embassy for Student Visa (X visa, it should be changed into residence permit within 30 days after entry) or Visiting Visa (F visa, it can be changed into residence permit before expiry). Physical examination report and other documents might be required in some countries. You can do it in a local qualified hospital and bring all original health check reports to XMU for visa change. Physical Examination Record of Foreigner can be available at

              Bring your passport, original physical examination record (if there is), 10 two-inch photos, admission notice, visa application form (Jw202), graduation certificate and HSK certificate (if there is) to OEC for registration on dates stipulated in admission notice. Please come to OEC as soon as you enter China, or your visa might run out before it is extended.  

              If you apply after the deadline, please submit the application form to us by email or by fax. If your application is approved, please do the health check at a local qualified hospital and come to XMU with a tourist visa (L visa). Remember to go through registration procedures as soon as you enter China. Usually, we can help you apply for residence permit within one month after registration.  

              If you have certain Chinese language background, you might be allowed to join the class after the semester begins. Please follow the procedures listed in Hint 1.
              Long term Chinese language students can apply to join undergraduate or junior college Chinese program. If it is approved, the credits they achieved can be transferred to the undergraduate or junior college program after certain procedures.  

              Tuition fee can not be refunded if you paid for one semester or less and decide to give up your study in OEC. If you paid for more than one semester and report to OEC about your decision to quit your study before the next academic term starts, the exceeding part can be returned to you according to relevant regulations of XMU. 




              1、 年滿18周歲,身體健康的外籍人士;
              2、 高中及高中以上學歷

              教 材 費:每學期約300元人民幣(個人根據選課情況自行購買)。
              膳 食 費:每月約600元人民幣。
              保 險 費:海外學生團體綜合險,每年600元左右。
              住 宿 費:參考住宿安排


              辦理來華簽證:學生本人持護照、照片、《錄取通知書》和《外國留學人員來華簽證申請表》等到中國駐外使領館辦理來華簽證;一般建議辦理學生簽證(X visa,入境30天內必須更換為居留許可)或訪問簽證(F visa,入境后有效期內可以更換為居留許可);如果領事館要求身體檢查,可以從學院網站下載體檢表(,在當地正規醫院體檢,所有體檢報告原件須帶到廈門以備更改簽證之用。

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              Contact us  

              Address: Overseas Student Office, Overseas Education College, Xiamen University, Fujian,  China (post code: 361005)
              Tel: 0086-592-2186211/2182451
              Fax: 0086-592-2093346
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