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

Non-degree in Long-term Chinese at Xiamen University (XMU)


The programs are open to applicants with different levels of Chinese proficiency. Students will be placed into three levels (i.e. beginning, intermediate and advanced) and be grouped into different classes with small size. The program will focus on the training of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with optional courses such as HSK tutorial, Chinese Idioms, and Their Stories, Learning Chinese by Watching Chinese Movies, Chinese Kung Fu and Chinese Painting to act as a supplement to core courses. The objective is to help learners improve their abilities of Chinese language and communication, so as to enable them to apply Chinese in their studies, life, and future careers. Certificate of Completion and transcripts will be issued to students upon completion of the study.

Duration: Over 1 semester, about 20 class hours per week, 18 weeks per semester

Spring Semester: February/March to June
Autumn Semester: September to the next January

*Late enrollment: For applicants who have a foundation of Chinese, late enrollment is available.

Credit Hours: Students can choose their own courses according to their Chinese levels and suggestions of OEC office. The maximum credit hours is 24 per semester.

Certificates Awarded: Certificate of Completion issued by Overseas Education College of Xiamen University

Academic Schedule:

  • Autumn semester: September to January, 17-19 weeks
  • Winter vacation: January to February, 4 weeks
  • Spring semester: February to June, 17-19 weeks
  • Third semester: June to July, 5 weeks for current students only.
  • Summer vacation: July to September, 8 weeks

Duration of Study:  

2020 Autumn semester: September 2020 to January 2021

Time for Application:
1.Spring Term: October to the middle of January the next year
2.Fall Term: March to the end of July
The application deadline for 2020 is on July 10. * If you intend to apply but the deadline has passed, please contact us through email, telephone, or Wechat, we will make suggestions accordingly.

Class Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
13:00 a.m. - 14:30 p.m.
14:40 p.m. - 16:10 p.m.

Monday to Friday, 18 - 24 class hours per week, about 4 class hours per day (45 minutes per class hour)  

Registration Fee for New Student: 400RMB
Tuition Fee: 13000RMB/semester, 26000RMB/year

Introduction to Major Courses:
1.Intensive Chinese (elementary, intermediate and advanced): The course is designed to teach you skills and rules for Chinese pronunciation and the reading and writing of Chinese characters; it discusses Chinese vocabulary and grammar and their applications and develops your proficiency in written Chinese. It is designed to help to learn knowledge about the Chinese language in a comprehensive manner, thus laying a solid foundation for your application of what you have learned about Chinese. The course has 6-10 classes per week and is offered at all three levels of elementary, intermediate and advanced classes.

2. Oral Chinese: In a very happy and relaxed classroom atmosphere with professional teaching and ample exercises, you gradually improve your Chinese communication ability; get to know the communication skills of the Chinese people. With the improvement of your language ability, you can express your personal view on a particular topic completely and frequently in standard Chinese. You also cultivate the habit of thinking in Chinese and the ability to choose the proper expressions for different persons you are talking to on proper occasions. In all, you can learn to deal with various communication situations. The course has 4-6 classes per week and is offered at all three levels of elementary, intermediate and advanced classes.

3.Chinese Listening & News Listening: The course aims at improving your listening ability through systematic instruction and ample exercises. You can gradually learn to understand the real intent of the speaker in the conversion, enhance your ability to differentiate the words, to analyze, and summarize the speeches, as well as to make association and guessing. In the course of study, you will be trained to understand the speeches delivered at a faster and faster pace and the news broadcast of the familiar topics and popular radio and TV programs. Finally, you can understand Chinese spoken in real communication situations and at the same time, consciously pick up new words, phrases, and usages. In a word, you can improve the sensibility of real application and development of the Chinese language. The course has 4 class periods per week and is offered at all three levels of elementary, intermediate and advanced classes.

4. Reading comprehension: The course aims to heighten your level of reading comprehension of Chinese through systemic instruction and ample exercises. You learn gradually to read literary readers of generic levels, news reports, routine documents, public notices, letters, etc. By the end of the course, you should know how to by-pass barriers, understanding the message and major points, explain the clues, transitions, and development of narrative articles in Chinese, how to summarize the theme by reading the topic, finding the keywords and topic sentences. You should also have learned the self-study ability to use dictionaries to remove barriers and of speeding up your reading. The course has 4 class periods per week and is offered at all three levels of elementary, intermediate and advanced classes.

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📖Program Curriculum

Major Courses:
Elementary Chinese
Intermediate Chinese
Advanced Chinese
Oral Chinese
Chinese Listening
News Listening
Chinese Reading
Chinese Writing.

Optional Courses:
HSK Tutorials (elementary and intermediate)
Chinese Idioms and Their Stories
Spoken Business Chinese
Chinese Customs
Newspaper Reading
Modern Chinese Lexicology
Modern Chinese Grammar
Modern Chinese Rhetorics
Chinese Movies, Chinese Calligraphy
Chinese Painting
Chinese Kungfu
Learning Chinese by Watching Chinese Movies
Summary of Chinese Culture
Chinese History
Analects of Confucius, etc.

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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:

13,000 CNY per semester

26,000 CNY in total

Insurance is 800 CNY.

📬 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:

  • HSK Certificate
  • Certificate from the Financial Guarantor
  • No Criminal Record Certificate
  • Medical Examination Form
  • Your Highest Academic Transcript (In English)
  • Your Graduation Certificate (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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Here is some more information about the enrollment process after you have been accepted.

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