Overseas Education College of Xiamen University

Program Overview

This program is open to Chinese language enthusiasts from across the world. International students who are passionate about the Chinese language, have systematic needs for learning the Chinese language, or are interested in Chinese culture, can find a Chinese language course with us that suits them.

Depending on their Chinese proficiency, students will be placed at one of the following three levels: beginning (point zero), intermediate and advanced, and be grouped into different classes in small sizes. The program will focus on the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, with optional courses such as HSK Tutorial, Chinese Idioms and Their Stories, Learning Chinese by Watching Chinese Movies, Chinese Kung Fu and Chinese Painting as supplements to core courses. The objective is to help learners improve their Chinese language skills for communication purposes and thereby enable them to use the Chinese language in their studies, life and future careers. Certificates of Completion and transcripts will be issued to students upon completion of the study.

Fall semester: September 2023 to January 2024

Spring semester: February to June 2024

Class time: Monday to Friday

Different classes have different timetables, about 18-24 class hours per week scheduled from Monday through Friday.

Course Introduction: Courses are subject to change every semester, and the schedule is to be finalized by way of announcement.

Compulsory Courses

Intensive Chinese (elementary, intermediate and advanced)

The course is designed to methodically teach skills and rules of Chinese pronunciation, reading and writing of Chinese characters, Chinese vocabulary and grammar and their usage, and develop the ability to write Chinese compositions. It is designed to help students acquire knowledge about the Chinese language in a comprehensive manner, thus laying a solid foundation for using what they have learned about Chinese.

Oral Chinese: In a very pleasant and relaxing classroom atmosphere with professional teaching and ample exercises, students gradually improve their Chinese communication ability and learn about the communication skills of the Chinese people. With the improvement of their language ability, they can express their personal views on specific topics completely and fluently in standard Chinese. They will also cultivate the habit of thinking in Chinese and the ability to choose proper expressions for different persons they are talking to on different occasions. All in all, they will learn to deal with various communication situations.

Chinese Listening: This course aims at improving students’ listening ability through systematic instruction and plenty of exercises. Students can gradually learn to understand the main intent of the speaker in a conversion, enhance their ability to differentiate words, to analyze, and summarize a speech, as well as to make association and guessing. During their study, they will be trained to understand speeches delivered at a faster pace, news broadcasts on familiar topics, and popular radio and TV programs. Finally, they can understand Chinese spoken in real situation and at the same time, consciously pick up new words, phrases, and usages. In a word, they can improve their sensibility on the Chinese language. The course has 4 class periods per week and is offered at all three levels: elementary, intermediate and advanced.

Elective Courses  

HSK tutoring (Level 4, Level 5, and Level 6), Chinese Idioms and Their Stories, Chinese Film and Television Culture Appreciation, Chinese Painting, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Kung Fu, Reading and Writing of Chinese Characters, Intermediate Chinese Reading, Intermediate Chinese Writing, Advanced Chinese Reading, Advanced Chinese Writing, Introduction to Chinese Culture, Mandarin Phonetics and Reading, Chinese History, Sino-foreign Cultural Exchanges, Chinese Human Geography, Chinese Folk Culture, Chinese Vocabulary and Culture, English-Chinese Translation. (The availability of some of the above courses is subject to change based on the number of students in each semester.)

(For more information, please visit: http://oec.xmu.edu.cn)

Credit Hours

Students can choose a suitable course according to their Chinese proficiency level and the suggestions of the office. The maximum credit hours are 24 per semester.

Campus Events

Chinese Corner, “China Day”, Loi Krathong Festival, Songkran Festival, Fun Games, Track and Field Games, Football Games, Xiamen International Marathon, etc.

Certificates Awarded

A Certificate of Completion in Continuing Education will be issued by Xiamen University


Enrolment Fees: RMB 400 (for new students only, and non-refundable)

Tuition: RMB 13,000 per semester; RMB 26,000 per academic year

Accommodation Fees: generally, 1000RMB per semester for one person in a twin room, to be paid according to the rates of the actual rooms arranged after arrival.

Other fees will be paid separately after arrival at the University. For detailed information, please refer to the “Study Abroad Expenses” column.

Eligibility for Application

1. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens (overseas Chinese included) aged between 18 and 55, be mentally and physically healthy, and possess a valid regular passport. Please note that we can assist the applicants with a valid regular passport to apply for an appropriate China visa.

2. High school diploma or above or equivalent.

Application Documents Required

1.ID photo;

2.A scanned copy of the first page of the passport (ordinary passport, valid through October 31, 2023).

3.Photocopies of certificates for highest education and transcripts, and notarized copies in English or Chinese.

4.A photocopy of the HSK certificate (if available).

5.Physical Examination Record for Inbound Travellers, completed in Chinese or English, bearing the stamp of the hospital. Physical examination results are valid for 6 months.

6.Financial Support Guarantee Statement and its supporting documents completed in Chinese or English, certifying that the applicant has sufficient funds to cover his or her tuition, accommodation, living expenses and international travels during his or her study in China. Only applicant himself/herself or his/her family can act as a financial sponsor. The Statement should be accompanied by a copy of the financial sponsor’s valid passport or identity certificate.

7.Certificate of No Criminal Record. The applicant shall submit a valid Certificate of No Criminal Record issued by the local police, usually within 6 months before the date of submission of the application.

Application Procedure

Please refer to the application procedures.

Application Deadline

Autumn Semester: June 30, 2023

Spring Semester: December 30, 2023

Late enrollment due to the entry procedure will be accepted if the applicant agrees to be placed in a class in the middle of the semester.

Contact Information

Applicants can see the completion of each application step and their admission progress in the “Application Status”.

Contact: Ms. Peng, Mr. Zhao

Phone: 0086-592-2186211, 2184916

Email: oec@xmu.edu.cn

The responsibility for interpreting this Program Overview rests with the International Chinese Education College / Overseas Education College of Xiamen University.

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