Project Description

Johnson University Teach Overseas Programs (TOP)

TOP students receive:

$3000 scholarship

for TOP students

3-Year teaching Contract

$5000 Bonus

Johnson University Provides
Sias Faculty 33% off
JU Tuition!

Get an MA degree as you teach in China

Teach, study, travel, and a master degree!


Johnson University has formed a partnership with Sias International University since 2012. Located nearby Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, Sias is a private university founded by a Chinese American businessman in 1998.  Two of Sias’ staff graduated from Johnson University’s Master of Arts in Educational Technology.  Sias owns a large impressive campus with over 27,000 students and 1,200 full-time faculty, including 140 foreign faculty members.  In summer of 2016,  President Emeritus Gary Weedman, President Tommy Smith, and Roy Miller, Dean of Templar School of Education, visited Sias. In September 2019, Sias University signed an MOU with Johnson about tuition arrangement: Sias University offers tuition reimbursements to JU graduates/alumni employed by Sias University and working toward a Johnson graduate degree of $3000; recipients are required to teach an additional year at Sias upon completion of coursework.

Who Qualifies

  • Minimum of BA degree
    (Higher degrees preferred with additional compensation in salary). Degree must be completed by June for August arrival/employment.
  • 2 years of teaching experience or completion of school employer approved 120-hour TEFL certificate. Contact Us for more information.
  • Desire to live overseas and teachable when facing cross-cultural conflict
  • Willingness to learn and develop teaching skills with excellence as one’s goal
  • Ability to work with a myriad of people from different cultures and backgrounds

Still not sure, fill out this short survey to receive a consultation: Do I Qualify.

A 3-week China internship is also available for Johnson students. Learn more.


The cost for the extensive, professional training is as little as $1,500. There are several training options depending upon your circumstances. This money will cover three weeks of  room and board, language/culture training, team building activities, and visits from cross-cultural experts while you are in China. This training is optional, but highly encouraged. Learn more at

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 a TEFL 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.


Keep updated about the benefits of teaching here.

  • Airfare to China
  • Return Airfare (with completion of one-year contract)
  • Medical Care Allowance
  • Accident Insurance
  • Private Apartment (see pictures)
  • Internet and Utilities Paid
  • Free Weekend Trips (see examples)
  • Paid Winter Holiday
  • Free Chinese Lessons
  • 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.

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Read the all the FAQs here.

Here are some example questions:

1. What are the requirements or How do I apply?

2. Who pays for flights?

3. How much money can I earn or save?

4. Do I need to have teaching background?

5. What is there to do around the campus?

6. Is China Safe?

7. What type of food will we eat?

8. Do I have to speak Chinese?

9. How do I receive a care package!

10. What happens in medical emergency?

11. Is it illegal to practice religion?

12. What’s it like to be married or raise children in China?

Johnson University Online Courses

As you teach oversease, you qualify for 33% off Johnson University online graduate school degrees!


Click here to learn more about courses offered by Johnson. Contact Johnson University admissions for inquiries. We recommend those without teaching experience spend their first year 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.


Let us know as soon as you are interested. If you apply before March 1st, you will have the opportunity to be in the first round of job offers in April.

  • March 1 – Application Deadline.
  • Feb – April – 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.
  • April 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. 
  • September 10 – Those who do not have an English, TESOL, or Education degree need to complete a $200 online TESOL Certificate. It takes about 3-weeks to complete. See
  • July 15 – School pays for plane tickets to depart from an international port city. 
  • August 17-21 – New Teacher Orientation.
  • August 24-28 – All teacher meetings.
  • August 31 – Fall Classes Begin! 

Contact Info

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.


Click here to connect with current teachers on YouTube, Instagram and Blogs. You will learn ther S.T.O.R.Y. by following our Instagram Contest #WhyNotChina

Also, meet our staff that will train, support, and help you thrive in China.

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