Overview of Programs

Program

Degree to be awarded

Institution
Finance

Master of Economics

The Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE)

Financial Engineering

Management Economics

Quantitative Economics

Western Economics - Economic Theory

International Business

School of Economics (SOE)


Program duration: 2 year full-time study
Teaching language: English
Program commencement: Fall semester
Tuition fees: 90,000RMB in total for each program (for two years)
Student insurance: 600RMB per academic year
Application fee: 400RMB
Application period: Generally from February to May


Program

Degree to be awarded

Institution

Finance

Doctoral of Economics

The Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE) & School of Economics (SOE)

Quantitative Economics

Western Economics  

Program duration: 4 year full-time study
Teaching language: English
Program commencement: Fall semester
Tuition fees: RMB 34,000 per year, RMB 102,000 in total.
Student insurance: 600RMB per academic year
Application fee: 400RMB
Application period: Generally from February to May

 Requirements

Any prospective student of a WISE-SOE International Master's Program must apply through the Admissions Office of Xiamen University.
The XMU Admissions Office website (http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/) provides detailed information regarding application requirements and procedures. Below is a general overview.

Eligibility

• Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens generally under the age of 45 at the time of applying, be in good health, and possess a valid passport.
• Applicants should hold a recognized bachelor's degree or above. 
• Applicants should present a TOEFL certificate with a score of 80 or above, or an IELTS certificate with a score of 6.0 or above, or other certificate of English proficiency from an accredited test. Native English speakers are exempt from this requirement. Applicants who have taken courses in English during their bachelor’s degree studies should provide a medium-of-instruction certificate.
 
Application Period

Generally from February to May
 Procedures

Any prospective student of a WISE-SOE International Master's Program must apply through the Admissions Office of Xiamen University.
The XMU Admissions Office website (http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/) provides detailed information regarding application requirements and procedures. Below is a general overview.

Application Period

• Generally from February to May
 
Application procedures
1. Online application
Applicants should make online application at http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/application. Online application is mandatory. Application form will be generated automatically only after successful online application. Please download and print the form. The XMU Admissions Office will not deal with the application materials if applicants fail to finish the online application. 
2. Submission of application documents
Applicants must mail the application form generated automatically upon successful online application and other required application documents to XMU Admissions Office by the designated deadline. Late applications will not be considered. Postal address: Admissions Office of Xiamen University, Fujian Province, China 361005; Tel.: +86-(0)592-2184792 
• A brief outline of the application process


Note: If you encounter problems during your application, please contact the XMU Admissions Office: 
Email: admissions@xmu.edu.cn; Tel.: +86-(0)592-2184792

Acceptance

Xiamen University considers applications in accordance with international practices. International students should submit their application documents for verification of qualifications. Application documents will be forwarded to WISE and SOE for academic review when the application materials are completed. 
Admission decisions will be made on the basis of the applicants' academic performance, language proficiency, overall merits, research achievements, etc. Applicants will be given preference if they have graduated from world-renowned universities or XMU’s sister institutions or are recommended by senior professors or experts. Applicants who are required to attend interviews or take tests will be informed in advance. A list of enrolled students will be submitted to the university authorities for final approval.
The university will publish the admission outcome on the application system of the Admissions Office about 2 months after receiving a complete set of hard-copy documents. Admitted students’ Admission Notice and Visa Application Form will be sent out in batches starting in June. Applicants can log into the online application system to view the result of their application and detailed information regarding the delivery of the admission package. 

Commencement of the Program 

Mid September (please refer to the Admission Notice)
 Documents to Submit

Applicants must provide true and correct information in all application documents:
• The Application Form for International Students that is generated from the XMU online application system after you have successfully applied online. 
• Bachelor's degree certificate (notarized copy in English or Chinese). Applicants who are currently studying at university should provide a study certificate. Certificate in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by notarized translation in Chinese or English.
Note: Applicants who have provided a study certificate should submit a notarized copy of their bachelor's degree to the XMU Admissions Office before the specified registration date; failure to do so will result in disqualification of enrollment. 
• Academic transcripts relating to bachelor's degree study. Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by notarized translation in Chinese or English. 
• Study or research plan (minimum 1,000 words) in Chinese or English. 
• Two letters of recommendation in Chinese or English by professors or associate professors. 
• English Proficiency Certificate or medium-of-instruction certificate. 
• Photocopy of a valid passport. 
• Photocopy of Foreigner Physical Examination Form (click here to download) completed in Chinese or English. (The original is to be retained by the applicant.)
• Statement of Financial Support (click to download) certifying that the applicant has sufficient funds to cover his or her tuition, accommodation and living expenses. It should be accompanied by an employment certificate or income certificate and a photocopy of the valid passport of the financial sponsor.
Note: Applicants are expected to submit a complete set of application materials. Incomplete application materials will be rejected. No application materials will be returned, regardless of the outcome of the application. 
Ten FAQs about Application for Admission

 1. Am I eligible for WISE-SOE International Master’s Program admission if I do not speak Chinese? 
Yes. All our programs are 2-year full-time study programs conducted in English. Students are not required to possess Chinese language abilities to enroll.

2. Am I eligible to apply for WISE-SOE International Master’s Program admission if my bachelor’s study is not in the field of economics? 

Among our programs, Western Economics - Economic Theory is more academically oriented and requires stronger prerequisite economics training. However, all other courses only require an undergraduate bachelor degree. As such, the first semester of coursework assumes students have no familiarity with economics.

3. May I apply to more than one program? 

Students can list two choices when making the online application according to their preferences. The second choice will be considered if the first choice has been rejected.

4. Is it possible for me to enroll in the spring semester? 

No. Xiamen University only enrolls new degree students in every fall semester (normally in mid September).

5. What does it mean by “applicants are eligible for scholarship assessment only after they are admitted to the master's program of Xiamen University”? 

An application for scholarship is only considered after an applicant is admitted by Xiamen University. Prospective students who would like apply for scholarship(s) (e.g. Chinese Government Scholarship (University Postgraduate Program), Fujian Provincial Government Scholarship or Xiamen University Scholarship for New Students) should send the scholarship application materials together with the program application materials to the Xiamen University Admissions Office by the indicated deadline.

6. If I am a native English speaker or I was taught in English during my undergraduate study, am I still required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS certificate? 

Native English speakers are exempted from the language requirements. Students whose bachelor’s studies are taught in English will need to submit a medium-of-instruction certificate. Other applicants should obtain a minimum score of 80 points or above for New TOEFL, grade 6.0 or above for IELTS, or a certificate from some other approved test of English proficiency.

7. What should I do if I am not able to provide two recommendation letters issued by professors or associate professors from my university? 

You could submit one recommendation letter issued by your employer if you graduated a long time ago. However, at least one recommendation letter should be issued by your alma mater.

8. How do I locate the WISE-SOE International Master’s Programs in the online application system? 

For International Trade, please choose “School of Economics” in the college list and “Master’s programs in English” in the department list. To find other programs, please choose “Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics” in the college list. Note that you should choose English as the language of instruction.

9. How long is the processing time for an application and how do I find out about the status of my application? 

The University will publish the admission outcome on the application system of the Admissions Office about two month after receiving a complete set of documents. Admitted students’ Admission Notice and Visa Application Form will be sent out in batches starting in June. Applicants can log into the online application system to view the result of their application and detailed information regarding the delivery of the admission package.

10. What should I do if I found some serious errors in my submitted application? 

Please contact the Xiamen University Admissions Office by email (admissions@xmu.edu.cn) to return your application for revision.
Please contact us (enquiries.imwise@gmail.com) if you have further questions.
 Study and Living Expenses

  • Study materials: 
    Estimated at RMB200-350 per semester
     
  • Accommodation:
    On-campus (Overseas Student Dormitory)
    Estimated Price: RMB900-1500/bed/month
    (Cai Qingjie Building 蔡清洁楼 & Nanguang 5 Building 南光5号楼:
     
    Off-campus
    Estimated Price: RMB1200-2500/room/month
    (Gas, electricity, water and internet are usually excluded.
     
  • Food
    Estimated at RMB750/month
     
  • Student insurance
    RMB600 per student per academic year
     
  • Other expenses
    Students are responsible for all other incidental fees during their study at university.
     
  • Average living costs per month in Xiamen
    RMB2000/person/month estimated to meet the basic needs including expenses on meals,
    learning materials, housing and transportation.
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