University Info | Exchange Student Info
Scholarship: Scholarships (RMB 5000 or US $800 each) will be offered to 10 excellent students who submit applications to Xiamen University in time.
As one of the comprehensive universities directly affiliated with the Education Ministry of China, Xiamen University (XMU) is located in the coastal city Xiamen, Fujian Province. It was founded in 1921 by Tan Kah Kee, a well-known overseas Chinese and patriotic leader, making XMU the first one in China founded by an overseas Chinese. Since its founding, the university has educated over 150,000 undergraduates and postgraduates.
XMU offers many programs in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering and technology, management, arts education, medical science, and others, conferring a full range of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university currently contains 26 schools, 66 departments and 9 research institutes with a total enrolment of about 40,000 full-time students, including 20,454 undergraduates, 17,330 master´s students, and 2,985 doctoral students. At present, there are over 2800 students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan and from other parts of the world, and it has over 2,600 full-time faculty and professional researchers, including 11 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 12 adjunct academicians. The university now offers 83 undergraduate programs, 279 master programs, 185 Ph.D. programs, and 15 post-doctoral research centers established in different fields. Five subjects have been accredited and awarded as "the national key broad disciplines ", 9 subjects have been assessed and awarded as "the national key sub-disciplines ", and 9 "national educational centers for talents" have been approved. Currently XMU is also home to more than 150 research organizations in various fields, among which are: 3 state key laboratories; 1 state engineering laboratory; 1 state engineering & technology research centre; 5 ministry-level key laboratories; 3 ministry-level engineering & technology research centers; and 5 ministry-level key research bases for the liberal arts.
Moreover, it has established inter-university cooperative ties with over 250 institutions of higher education worldwide such as UK, USA, Japan, France, Russia and the regions of Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. The university is situated amidst picturesque scenery, with its campus stretching along the seashore at the foot of mountains, a desirable environment for learning via first-class campus network and well-equipped libraries.
Xiamen University is regarded as one of the most beautiful universities in China.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Students in Electrical and Electronic Engineering accepted. Other majors also accepted depending on course availability.
- Graduate students: Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
Language of Instruction
Chinese and English
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Supplemental Internship – Industrial and institute's intern jobs are available locally after the exchange study in XMU is completed.
Academic Calendar (see factsheet) | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: mid-September to late January (please see the Admissions Notice)
- Spring: mid-February to mid-June (please see the Admissions Notice)
- Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (mechanical/grads, electrical/undergrads)
- Materials Science & Engineering (grads)
- Electronic Engineering (undergrads & grads)
- Communication Engineering (grads)
- Intelligent Science & Technology (grads)
- Software Engineering (grads)
- Digital Media Engineering (grads)
View courses taught in English - Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Workload per Semester
Each student must register for and complete at least 12 credits per semester.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to Xiamen University also need to complete the following.
For more information, please refer to XMU's Factsheet.
Students will receive their acceptance packet within two months after the complete applications are received.
Rooms with two beds shared by two students will be kept for exchange students without reservation until the end of the registration periods. The estimated room rate ranges from RMB 30 (~US $5) to RMB 75 (~US $12) per night per bed depending on length of accommodation. Off-campus accommodation is also available.
Estimated Cost of Living
There are 8 cafeterias on the XMU main campus, where students can pay their meals (averagely between RMB 12 (~US $2) and RMB 25 (~US $4) for each meal) using their XMU E-cards.
On-campus: RMB 900-1200 (~US $150-200) per bed per month excluding utility fee.
Off-campus: RMB1500-2500 (~US $250-420) for a one-bedroom apartment per month excluding utility fee.
The in-city public bus service costs RMB 1-2 per person per trip. Taking a taxi costs RMB 8 for the first 3km and RMB 2 for every extra km plus a fuel surcharge subject to updated local policies.
Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery) – Comparable to the cost in USA.
Personal expenses – Approximately RMB 1200 (~US $200) per month.
Please visit our Admissions Office website for further details.
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Office of International Cooperation and Exchange
Prof. Xuemin Hong
Located at the southeast coast of China, Xiamen is a tourist city famous for its attractive seascape. As one of the major seaports since ancient times, it boasts a wide gulf with deep water but without freezing and silting. The name, 'Xiamen' was consequently given, which means 'a gate of China'. The city has been called the Egret Island because of the hundreds of thousands of egrets (or herons, a bird species with long neck, legs, and tempering bill and large wings) inhabiting here due to the undisturbed environment.
Experiencing a subtropical monsoon climate with mild weather all year round except the typhoon months, Xiamen is an ideal tourist destination for you. It is a typical littoral city with abundant tourist attractions such as islands, mountains, temples and parks, etc., providing you with a full sightseeing schedule. The well-known Gulangyu Island, South Putuo Temple and other tourist areas like Jimei, Hulishan Battery, Wanshiyan, etc. are highly recommended. A sea tourist line is also available for you to enjoy the amazing scenery of many beautiful small islands around.
As one of the most important hubs in south east China, Xiamen enjoys convenient transportation. You can go there by air, by train, by coach or by sea. The transportation within the city is also satisfying. Most tourists consider the accommodation, consisting of many star rated hotels, convenient. Meanwhile there are plenty of special local products to be added to your shopping list, including various kinds of tealeaves, fruits like sugarcanes, olives and longans as well as sea products such as fish, prawns, crabs, abalones and lancelets.
Being the hometown of many overseas Chinese, Xiamen has actually much benefited from the contributions of overseas Chinese. Its economy has undertaken rapid advances. To promote its tourism industry, it has established not only the corresponding infrastructures, but also a great variety of entertainment centers. The folk customs of the minorities, varied local festivals and especially the particular local dishes and snacks are also appealing to visitors. Xiamen, with distinct oriental culture and southern Fujian features, welcomes you from all over the world.
For more information, please visit the Xiamen Municipal Government website or the XMU Newsletter.