10 reasons to choose Xiamen Univeristy for your overseas study

Updated: 2012-01-31
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Jiageng Building Complex on Xiamen Campus of Xiamen University
Hailed as one of the ”most beautiful campuses” in China, Xiamen University, which has three campuses in the famed coastal city of Xiamen, southeast China’s Fujian province, are set amidst picturesque scenery. Xiamen University ranks in the top 20 among over 2,000 universities and colleges in China, and enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide.
For overseas study, Xiamen University provides specially-tailored study programmes and offers scholarships for excellent applicants among international students. Currently, there are over 2,000 overseas students studying at Xiamen University, enrolled on full-time programmes or short courses.
1. Magic of Xiamen
Located on the southeastern coast of China, Xiamen enjoys the reputation of the “Garden on the Sea”. Xiamen lies in the sub-tropical zone, giving it a maritime climate and pleasant, warm weather almost all year round. Living here, you will always be accompanied by scented flowers and twittering birds. As an international city, Xiamen is the host city of many famous annual events, such as the China International Fair of Investment and Trade (CIFIT), and the Xiamen International Marathon Race. Xiamen is famous not only for its beautiful scenery, but also for its residents’ hospitality. Living here, you will always feel at home. Xiamen has been awarded the “UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award”, and the titles of “International Garden City” and “China Excellent Tourism City”. 

A panoramic view of Xiamen City
2. “The Strength of the South”
Xiamen University, founded in 1921 by Tan Kah Kee, the well-known patriotic overseas Chinese leader, was the first university in China founded by an overseas Chinese. With a history of ninety years and a profound background of humanity, Xiamen University provides overseas students with a strong academic atmosphere which will help their development. Adhering to the school motto of “pursue excellence, strive for perfection”, Xiamen University ranks in the top 20 of over 2,000 universities and colleges in China, and enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide.
3. Garden-like Campus
Located at the southern tip of Xiamen Island, Xiamen University lies between the foot of green hills and the blue sea. The main campus is neighboring several places of interest and adjoined by a sliver beach. The campus is like a beautiful garden, with serene lakes and seasonal blossoms inside. The school buildings combine the architectural styles of the east and the west, forming the unique “Tan Kah Kee architectural style”. 

Jiannan Building Complex on Xiamen Campus
4. Strong Teaching Team
Xiamen University is proud of its high-quality teaching staff. Among the over 2,400 teaching staff, over 1,500 are professors or associate professors. Many of them have obtained their PhD abroad and have the capability of tutoring students in English. Xiamen University provides a full range of studies, among which economics, law, international relationship, chemistry and oceanography are popular among overseas students. Students can choose either Chinese programs, bilingual programs or English programs according to their needs.
5. International Exchange and Cooperation
The University has international co-operative ties with over 170 institutions of higher education both at home and abroad. It has formed a multi-lateral co-operative relationship with nine other universities around the world, with the signing of the Agreement on the Global U10 Consortium in 2004. Xiamen University has set up 13 Confucius Institutes around the world which play an important role in promoting international cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world.
Qunxian Building Complex on Xiamen Campus
6. Reasonable Study Expenses
One of the reasons that many overseas students choose to study at Xiamen University is that the tuition fee and the cost of living here are lower than most of the other key universities both at home and abroad. To reduce the economical burden of overseas students, Xiamen University provides Chinese Government Scholarships, Confucius Institute Scholarship and Xiamen University Scholarships for exceptional overseas students.
7. Food and Accommodation
Freshmen and sophomores have classes on the Zhangzhou Campus, so many live there. The apartments on the Zhangzhou Campus provide excellent living facilities, each fully equipped with bathing and laundry facilities. Juniors and seniors live on the Xiamen Main Campus. The overseas student apartments on the Xiamen Main Campus are set in picturesque surroundings and enjoy sea views and fresh sea air. The dorms are well-equipped with modern facilities, including telephones, air-conditioning, cable TV, Internet access points and separate bathrooms. The Overseas Student Service Centre provides excellent services including dining rooms, coffee bars, and shops providing daily necessities. Moreover, overseas students can also choose to dine in any one of the 10 canteens on campus that provide delicious local cuisine. 

Administrative and Teaching Building Complex on Zhangzhou Campus
8. Rich Internet Resources
Xiamen University has complete teaching and research equipment and a comprehensive public service system. The school library has a collection of over 5 million books. Furthermore, the university’s high speed information network holds the leading position among Chinese institutions of higher education. The library has its own website, the XMU Knowledge Resource Portal, which provides bibliographical search, information retrieval, information submitting and online reference. Through the library students can visit other key universities’ libraries both at home and abroad.
9. Student-based Humane Care
Although coming from different parts of the world, overseas students can feel at home at Xiamen University. Important foreign festivals like Christmas and Songkran will be celebrated on the campus. Moreover, the university organizes a Chinese Corner, English Corner and French Saloon on a weekly basis so as to strengthen the communication of foreign students and Chinese students. The university has improved the school health care system so that it is easier for international students to see a doctor. Many foreign students find it quite easy to blend into the local culture. The group of foreign students practicing tai chi beside Furong Lake has become a unique cultural landscape at Xiamen University

Science and Art Centre on Xiamen Campus
10. Colourful Campus Life
Xiamen University attaches great importance to the all-round development of its students, and organizes various kinds of cultural and sports activities between Chinese students and foreign students in order to create a good atmosphere for cross-cultural communication. The Xiamen International Marathon Race and the Xiamen University Foreign Karaoke Contest are among the most popular activities for overseas students. Furthermore, Xiamen University provides students with all sorts of sports and cultural facilities, including football pitches, tennis courts, badminton courts, swimming pool, golf driving range, piano room, concert hall and other facilities. 

Beside Furong Lake on Xiamen Campus
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