Huntington University Teach Overseas Programs (TOP)

TOP students receive:

$3000 scholarship

for TOP students

3-Year teaching Contract

$5000 Bonus

Huntington University Provides
Sias Faculty 25% off
HU Tuition!

Get an MA degree as you teach in China

Teach, study, travel, and a master degree!


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.

Who Qualifies

  1. Requirements for acceptance into Graduate Studies

    1. A completed graduate program application
    2. A non-refundable $30 application fee
      • Waived for Huntington University alumni
    3. Official transcripts
      • Request official transcripts from the college/university awarding the highest degree you have completed
      • Transcripts must arrive via mail or electronic submission directly from the college/university
      • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for full acceptance  (Students with a lower GPA may apply for provisional admission based on additional documentation and Program Director approval)
    4. Two recommendation forms, preferably including at least one academic reference
  2. Requirements for Employment at Sias University

  • 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.


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 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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All Huntington University Online Courses

As you teach overseas, you qualify for 25% off any Huntington University online graduate school degrees!

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.


  1. New cohorts for MA TESOL start every August. So, it’s best to finish applications by June 1st.
  2. Below are deadlines and a timeline for employment at Sias University
  • May 1 – Application to teach Deadline.
  • 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. 
  • June 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! 


  1. Details about Online Education at Huntington here.
  2. Teach at Sias University 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?

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.

  • Aaron Vorbau, Academics In Asia founder and Sias University’s Coordinator of Foreign Faculty Recruitment
    Tel: 209-877-7427


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