Xiamen University was founded in 1921 and has a student enrollment of over 38,000 full time students on its 3 campuses. The university is located in the town of Xiamen on the coast of south eastern China in Fujian province. Because of it's excellent port and location at the mouth of the Nine Dragons River Xiamen was designated as one of China's Special Economic Zones. The city has a population of 2.5 million people and is situated on both mainland China and on a number of islands. For further information about Xiamen University please click here.
Willamette students will be located at the main campus studying at the Overseas Education College. The semester in Xiamen consists of mandarin language and Chinese cultural course work. For more course information click here. For information about course names and credit hours click this link for the long-term Chinese program.Students at all language levels should take a Chinese course the semester prior to studying abroad. (If this is not possible due to academic reasons contact an OIE advisor to discuss the situation).
Students live in campus housing with other international students on the main campus. The cost of housing depends upon the accommodations that are chosen. Descriptions of the accommodations and price information can be found here. For further information please contact the Office of International Education.
The Xiamen program is available as a fall semester, spring semester, or as a full year option.
Please see the Willamette Sponsored Programs Cost Matrix for detailed explanation of the cost of each program. For estimated cost information for living costs at Xiamen University, plans please click here. Students are required to purchase heath insurance through Xiamen University as well. The cost is approximately 600 RMB per semester.
Freeman-ASIA award: Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Semester awards are up to $5,000 and academic year awards are up to $7,000.
See the OIE scholarship page for other grants and scholarships available for study abroad.
- Application Information for Exchange Students (do not start the application until instructed by the OIE)
- International Cooperation and Exchange Office
- Information for Exchange Students at Xiamen University
- Orientation and Registration information
- Overseas Education College
- Xiamen at a glance
- Xiamen University (in Chinese)
- CIA Factbook
- Lonely Planet Guide