Xiamen University is one of a small number of remarkable institutions in China designated as national, key universities. It is a large teaching and research university offering 82 undergraduate programs. There are 276 graduate programs and 187 Ph.D programs taught in English by professors educated in China and abroad. Xiamen University is the selective “dream school” for many, many students across China and its many excellent degree programs attract students from every continent.

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📚About the Program

PhD in Western Economics at Xiamen University (XMU)


This program leads to the degree of Doctor of Economics, majoring in Western Economics. The program is designed to train students in the development and application of theoretical models used in the field of economics. Students are expected to establish a profound understanding of the basic theories of economics, to have a complete understanding of the current frontier of knowledge associated with these theories and to develop the ability to apply these theories to current economic issues. On graduation, students will be able to undertake independent research in the areas of economics and econometrics. Students will have the skills required to work in universities, research institutes, government agencies or businesses focused on the analysis of markets, business strategy or government economic policy.

Application  Timeline:

February 1 –  April 15, 2020. Late applications will not be considered.

Admission and Selection:

  • Verification of Qualification

There will be a comprehensive review of the applicant’s foreign identity, highest degree diploma, academic performance, language proficiency, research plan, recommendations, and academic activities.

  • 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 skills, academic abilities, 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 the 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.

Length of program, duration of study and conferral of the degree

1. Length of program

English-medium programs: 4 years of full-time study.

2. Tuition Fee

RMB 55,000 per year, RMB 165,000 in total. Despite the fact that the length of doctoral programs has been extended to 4 years, doctoral students only pay tuition for a total of 3 years, not 4 years. 

3. Duration of study: A maximum of 8 years. Doctoral candidates can apply for early graduation when they meet the requirements.

4. Conferral of degree

Students will be conferred a doctoral degree and a graduation certificate after they have fulfilled the credit requirement, completed their dissertation and successfully defended the dissertation within the prescribed time frame.

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📖Program Curriculum

General Courses (4 credits):
Selected Issues on China
Chinese I

Foundation Core Courses (24 credits):
Advanced Econometrics I
Advanced Macroeconomics I
Advanced Microeconomics I
Introductory Mathematical Economics
Advanced Econometrics II
Advanced Macroeconomics II
Advanced Microeconomics II
Mathematical Economics

Major core courses (9 credits) - Literature Review and Thesis Writing & One of Stream I, II:
Literature Review and Thesis Writing

Stream I:
Advanced Topics in Macroeconomics I: Monetary Economics and International Finance
Advanced Topics in Macroeconomics II: Open Macro and Search Model Applications

Stream II:
Choose one of the four:
Labor Economics
Industrial Organization
Urban Economics
International Trade

Choose one of the three:
Law and Economics
Chinese Economy: Change and Development
Development Economics

Elective courses (15 credits):
Other graduate-level non-discipline core courses from WISE and SOE

Summer Short Courses (3 credits):
Summer short courses from WISE and SOE

Seminar / Internship (2 credits):
Academic Seminars/ Internship

Teaching Practice (4 credits):
Teaching Assistant for Undergraduate Programs or Graduate Programs

Mid-term Assessment (1 credit):
Students are required to
(1) pass all and obtain an average grade of 75 or above for the eight Foundation Core Courses (2) obtain at least 36 credits. (3) pass the 'Research Proposal Evaluation.

Research Paper Evaluation (3rd year), Mock Viva (4th year Fall semester), Thesis Defense (4th year Spring semester):
Thesis Research (The doctoral thesis must be written in English. An abstract in both English and Chinese must be provided.)

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🏫About Xiamen University (XMU)

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”.

Over the past ninety three 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 200,000 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 inter-university cooperative ties with over 270 institutions of higher education at home and abroad. Xiamen University vigorously promotes the campaign of teaching Chinese as a foreign language. The university has co-established 15 Confucius Institutes with universities in North America, Europe, Africa, etc. Because of its especially favorable geographical location and advantageous human resources, it is the key university most actively engaged in cross-straits educational, scientific and cultural exchanges.


Lying in the sub-tropical Zone, Xiamen has a maritime climate, and congenial, spring-like weather in all four seasons. People can enjoy the bright sunlight, the gentle breezes, lush plants and colorful flowers all year around.

Xiamen University is located in Siming District on the island of Xiamen, which is just north of Taiwan and south of the mainland coast. The city of Xiamen is comprised of five districts, two on the island and three on the mainland. Xiamen, known as Amoy in Hokkien dialect, is a major deepwater port, whose ships come and go around the world. The city was one of the first Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in China, but rapid economic development has not damaged its environment. Throughout the city its inhabitants and leaders are aware of the necessity of environmental protection and so Xiamen can boast of splendid scenery and clean air.

Rich in tourism resources, Xiamen has various sightseeing attractions, places of historic interest, and tourist resorts, such as Gulang Islet, Wulao Mountain and Nanputuo Temple, Ten Thousand Rock Botanical Garden, Bailuzhou Recreation Center, hot springs resorts, Jimei scenic spots and other ecological environmental tours outside the island.


At present, Xiamen University’s 3 campuses cover over 600 hectares. With green hills behind and fronting the sea, Xiamen University is recognized as one of the most beautiful universities in China. Xiamen University has a constructed area of 1.4 million square meters and its libraries hold 4.48 million volumes (including 39,204 gigabytes electronic volumes). The scope and level of its high-speed information network on campus is rated at the top of all universities in China and has become the one of the main injunctions of CERNET2.

The university’s main campus enjoys unique geographical advantages: it is cooled by sea breezes and framed by green mountains. The beaches are minutes away from campus, just across Huandao Lu, and the rocky hillsides, threaded with paths for hiking, stack up behind the dormitories. There are massive banyan trees, hundreds of years old, palms and scholar trees, orange-flowering kapok trees, and pink and red bougainvilleas next to sub-tropical conifers. Swans glide across the pool at the center of main campus; we Xiamen people believe too, in taking time for reflection.

Zhangzhou Campus is a new campus of Xiamen University. It is situated on the coast in Zhangzhou Development Zone (in Zhangzhou City, not in Xiamen City), facing the Main Campus in Xiamen across Xiamen Bay, a distance of about 3.5 miles. It was built in 2003 and presently there are about 15,000 undergraduates living and studying there. They are freshmen and sophomore students and will move back to the main campus when they become junior students. Many Chinese and foreign teachers go to Zhangzhou Campus to teach classes to students there. Our university has arranged a school bus and school boat service to take teachers there. It takes about 1 hour to travel from the main campus in Xiamen to Zhangzhou Campus by special bus and boat, with regular runs daily Monday to Friday.

If you need to go to Zhangzhou Campus to teach classes, your college will help you to make a Transportation Card in the beginning of the school year with which you can take the school bus and boat.

There is a school hotel on Zhangzhou Campus. If you have classes in the morning and afternoon on the same day, you can take a rest in a hotel room at noon time. If you have late classes in the evening or have early classes (1st and 2nd classes) in the morning of the next day, you can sleep in a hotel room in the evening. Your college will forward your teaching schedule to the hotel beforehand and you only need to register at the hotel front desk with your Transportation Card when you require a rest there.

Living in University

Gymnasium and Stadium

There is a 400-meter standard track and field ground to the opposite side of Qunxian Building near the West Gate of the university. In front of the track and field ground, there are ten basketball courts and several horizontal and parallel bars. To the south of the track and field ground, there are tennis courts and volleyball courts. In front of Jiannan Great Hall, students will find the Shangxian (First Quarter of the Moon) Football Field containing two small football pitches where football lovers can demonstrate their ball skills. Besides that, eight new basketball courts have been set up between the Lingyun dormitory complex and Furong 12 dormitory building. Table-tennis rooms are located at Jianwen Building and Cai Qingjie Buildings. There is a swimming pool with standard tracks as well other facilities in the Qing Ming Swimming Gymnasium. In order to swim there, students need a health certificate issued by XMU Hospital and pay by XMU e-card.

Foreign Language Corner

Students can join the foreign language corner once a week in the courtyard of OEC college building, where students of different major and nationalities can meet together and talk in a foreign language undertood by each other.

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🏠 Accommodation

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💰 Fees

Application Fee:

$70 USD

Tuition fee:

55,000 RMB per year

165,000 RMB in total

Insurance is 800 RMB.

Entry Requirements

You are not eligible to apply to this program because:

The minimum age is 18 and the maximum age is 50.

English fluency is required.
You need to be either:
- A native English speaker
- Studied a degree in English before
- Can demonstrate a high level of English
- Having an English certificate (You can take the English test online here) such as IELTS level 6 or TOEFL is an advantage.

Minimum education level: Master's

All student except from Nigeria are eligible to apply to this program

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📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

Application step 1

Application step 2

Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required Documents:

  • Guarantor’s Passport
  • Academic Study Plan or Project Proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificate from the Financial Guarantor
  • Second Recommendation Letter
  • First Recommendation Letter
  • No Criminal Record Certificate
  • Medical Examination Form
  • English Language Certificate
  • Your Graduation Certificate (in English)
  • Your Highest Academic Transcript (In English)
  • Your Photograph
  • Your Passport Copy

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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