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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Language of Instruction: Chinese (Mandarin), English
Minimum GPA: 2.50 Field of Study: Asian Studies, Chinese, Economics, International Studies
Housing Options: Residence Hall Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: SDSU Exchange SDSU Office: 1-Study Abroad (ISC)
Program Description:
University Profile
Xiamen University (XMU) was established in 1921 and is the first Chinese university to be founded by an overseas Chinese. Student enrollment is approximately 40,000 students, including over 2,500 international students. The university is located in the town of Xiamen on the coast of south eastern China in Fujian province and its 3 campuses are situated around the Xiamen Bay, opposite Taiwan across the Taiwan Strait. It is a key comprehensive university directly affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China, and is consistently ranked in the top 20 of the over 2,000 universities and colleges in China. For further information about Xiamen University, click HERE.
Academic Notes
The majority of SDSU students will typically be located at the main campus, in the Siming District of Xiamen, studying at the Overseas Education College (OEC). The OEC semester in Xiamen most commonly consists of Mandarin language and Chinese cultural course work, though there are some additional options for students with language proficiency in Mandarin or in other departments offering coursework in English. 

Details on OEC course titles and credits can be found in the Long-Term Chinese program description.

To review a summary of the Colleges & Schools available at XMU, please click here. There is also  a short summary of Degree Options in English that have a large selection of coursework available at the graduate level in English. 

English courses offered in graduate programs are typically only open to seniors who have taken significant coursework in their field already, or actual graduate students. This option is best suited to students studying  Economics or International Economics. 

Course information (e.g. description, syllabus) is not traditionally available online. Course selection and curricular details are not open and accessible to exchange students until the new semester. 
Language Notes

Undergraduate Students:
Study options for undergraduate students without Chinese Language proficiency include the following: Chinese Language Programs (summer, semester and year options) - organized by the Overseas Education College of XMU and located at the Xiang'an New Campus

Economics - a well-establish discipline at XMU. The program in English uses original English textbook as is run on an internationally recognized educational model and taught by highly-qualified faculty. English-taught classes are only taught at the graduate level. Undergraduates may also be able to take some of these classes if they are seniors, have taken many courses in Economics at the time they plan to go abroad, and have approval of their department. 

Graduate Students:
There are many more programs taught in English for Master's level study, as well as options to study discipline. Courses taught in English vary by department or program and may not be available in every field. View more information on Masters Programs

Note: Students who wish to take courses taught in Chinese should submit a certificate for Chinese proficiency (an HSK Certificate or equivalent). For Liberal Arts: HSK 5-6; for Field of Science: HSK 4.
Program Dates
The general program dates for this program are:
Fall Semester: Mid-September to mid-January 
Spring Semester: Mid-February - mid-July
Academic year: Mid-September to mid-July

Housing and Meals
The overseas student apartments at Xiamen Campus are set in picturesque surroundings and enjoy sea views and fresh sea air. The buildings are fully-equipped with modern facilities including telephones, air-conditioning, cable TV, Internet access points and separate bathrooms. Types of rooms offered include: Single, Double, Three-person, and Four-person. There is also a public laundry, computer room and kitchen available for student use.
Insurance Requirement
All SDSU students are required by the Chancellor's office to be enrolled in the CSU Foreign Traveler Insurance Program (CSU FTIP) for their program abroad. The insurance charge will appear on the student's account services billing. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure. For more information on costs, refer to the website

Students are required to purchase primary health insurance through Xiamen University, as well as the  A group insurance scheme, called Comprehensive Insurance for Foreign Student provided by Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China. The cost for the Xiamen University plan is approximately 600 RMB per semester (~100 USD). The supplemental emergency plan is an additional cost.

Passport and Visa
You must have a valid passport to participate on an exchange program. Your passport must be valid for the duration of the program and for at least 6 months past the program end date to be eligible to receive a student visa. If you hold a passport from a country other than the U.S., be sure to understand what you will need for entry pertaining to your citizenship at the time of participation.

A visa must be obtained to study in China. More information about the process is on the Consulate General of China in Los Angeles website.

Xiamen University staff are able to apply for allowances from China Scholarship Council  for American exchange students. If it is approved, each awarded student will get 3000 RMB/year. (Please be noted that the student must be an American citizen.) Xiamen will normally know the results of their request by July. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/20/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/20/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA