Huntington University has formed a partnership with Sias University in 2020. Sias is located just south of the city center of Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, Sias is a private university founded by a Chinese American businessman in 1998. Sias owns a large impressive campus with over 31,000 students and 1,200 full-time faculty, including 140 foreign faculty members. In early 2019, Aaron Vorbau and Dr. Shoshannah Hernandez met at the annual CELEA conference. Fall 2019, Aaron visited Huntington University and agreed to pursue a partnership agreement. In March of 2020, Sias University signed an MOU with Huntington University to offer jobs to HU grads and promote HU MA TESOL tuition agreement: Sias University offers tuition reimbursements to HU graduates/alumni employed by Sias University and working toward any HU online graduate degree of $3000; recipients are required to teach an additional year at Sias upon completion of coursework.
Huntington University is one of the most affordable schools in the USA. In addition to their low tuition (see rates), they are offering Sias faculty 25% off all online tuition fees.
Costs to get to Sias University are also worth noting.
Applicants without 2 years of teaching experience (school teaching or other settings will be considered) may be required to come to Sias early to complete aTEFL certificate.
As part of the visa process, teachers will need to get a physical exam, and will need to “authenticate” their diploma and a police report. These can cost anywhere from $300 to $600. Sias will reimburse teachers up to $200 for the expenses related to the authentication process.
NEW: Faculty Cafeteria with International Food is now not a required benefit (see pictures)
Salaries start from 6000-8000 RMB ($900-1200 USD) a month depending on degree attained. Every year teachers get a raise and signing a 3-year contract after the first semester gives teachers a 16.7% raise. See our Salary Chart. Learn more at How Much Money I Could Save Page.
Click here to learn more about courses offered by HU. Contact HU admissions for inquiries. We recommend those without teaching experience spend their first semester teaching before starting graduate school. The learning curve can be steep for new teachers and everyone spends an extra 5-10 hours per week adjusting to a new culture, language, community the first semester.
Feb – May – Interviews and Job Offers. There are two interviews. First is a self-paced online interview where applicants watch videos about school history and vision and provide 6 written responses and 1 video response. The 2nd live interview is with the team leader for the department one would work in. The interviewer may ask questions about how one handles difficult students in the classroom or what experience one has with EFL students.
May 5 – Email two recommendation letters for processing work visa (one letter emphasizing academic ability and the other emphasizing ability to serve, cross-cultural aptitude or to emphasize adaptability/heart of service leadership).
May 15 – Deadline to sign the employment offer letter.
May 20 – Send your passport to our Los Angeles office along with an authenticated diploma and medical clean bill of health paperwork.
May 30 – Email school a doctor’s physical to testify of no contagious diseases.
Please contact Johnson and Sias University to let us now you are interested even if you are not graduating soon. We want to create a custom path for you to explore this opportunity that could include learning Chinese, teaching, visiting China, or advice about teaching overseas.
Aaron grew up in the Bay Area, California. His father worked as a pilot for commercial airlines and from a young age, Aaron began traveling globally. While attending Cal Poly (SLO) he volunteered as a youth mentor and currently spends free time serving through CEO Global USA programs. He met Rachael in 2007 shortly after both of them completed their MA degrees and within a year they were married and moved to China. They now have four children who consider Peter Hall faculty housing their “home” even though they are on the road 6+ months of the year outside of China.