Friday, December 19, 2014

Surprise! You have Employee Rights In China As A Foreign ESL - TEFL - AP Foreign Teacher!

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There is nothing like a gift of good news for holidays, and we are happy to share it with you and all of our nearly 30,000 teacher colleagues now working in China. No matter what rumors or horror stories you may have heard in the past, you DO in fact now have the same employee rights and labor board protections as a manager of Huawei, ICBC, or Sinopec thanks to labor law amendments made over the past two years.  Granted, prior to 2012 you could nothing but complain or quit when forced to stand on the street handing out flyers, or forced to work unpaid overtimes.  Thankfully, those days are now gone. Here are some of the rights you are now guaranteed if you are holding an Foreign Experts Certificate (FEC):


* You have the right to receive an original hard copy of your contract that is signed and chopped (red sealed) at the time you sign an employee agreement.

* You have the right to receive a written job description prior to signing your contract. It is up to YOU to make sure that job description is specific, in English, and not so vague that your hours, working days, work location, pay rate, holidays, bonuses, visa costs, air fare reimbursement, release letters, etc are clearly spelled out in no uncertain terms.

* You cannot be compelled nor forced to do anything not specified in your job description (which you should insist becomes and exhibit to your contract and also gets signed and chopped. This stops you from being used as a marketing monkey in shopping malls on the street handing out flyers).

* Your probationary period cannot exceed one month for each year of your employment contract.
So if you are asked to sign a one year contract, your probation period should not exceed one month. If however, you sign a contract that specifies a 3 or 6 month probationary period, you are implicitly waiving your right on this issue.

* If you hold an FEC (Foreign Experts Certificate) you cannot be compelled to work unpaid overtime hours without your consent.
This one protection alone is worth about 5,000 - 10,000 rmb every month to some expat teachers in China

* You have the right to receive both an invitation letter and release letter free of charge (These are both legal requirements and administrative duties of the employer)

* You have a right to a Z visa if employed in China (Again, this is a legal duty of the employers and if anyone tells you that you only get a Z visa after you complete your probationary period they are surely a scam operation to be avoided).

Now the bad news...  If you are not holding a Z visa in your passport, you are not entitled to any of these rights, and are subject to arrest and deportation as an "illegal alien". If you are not aware of these rights and others, some unethical recruiters may try to persuade of the following lies...

A) "You will only be paid 50% of your salary for your 90 day probationary period"

B) "You don't need a Z visa until after you complete your probationary period"

C) "If you don't do well on your evaluation, your probationary period will be extended to 6 months at reduced pay until you pass your evaluation."

D) "Since you don't have a TEFL certificate nor 2 years previous teaching experience, you will work 6 months as a teacher intern at 50% salary, and then 3 months at 75% of full salary, and your last 3 months of your first year you will collect full pay".

E) Because you are not a native English speaker, you have to work a 6 month probationary period at reduced pay.

We recently did a quick poll of 500 expat teachers in China and found that 70% of them were totally unaware of the above employee rights and have all been working unpaid overtime for months, and 32% for more than a year. So if you add up all the skimmed money from the unpaid overtime, the monthly $300 hair cut, the bogus 50% internship and/or probation period money, the employee is being robbed of about 40% of his/her total pay - maybe even 50% if they throw in the lie about the "20% China automatic income tax deduction"!!! When dealing with China job recruiters, silence in China is indeed golden! If you don't ask there are many things they will not tell you.  Now you can understand why the CFTU gets bashed and trashed so much by recruiters pretending to be fellow teachers recruiting on ESL & TEFL message boards or expat forums, after being outed as one of the above skimmers. And the sad part is... they are not all Chinese! See the below links: 

http://www.eslwatch.info/china-2/sca...fl-forums.html

http://www.thebeijinger.com/forum/20...s-expat-forums


http://www.eslbase.com/forum/viewtopic/t-3125


http://www.esl-jobs-forum.com/viewtopic.php?t=6523


http://www.eslbase.com/forum/viewtopic/t-3514


Foreign teachers in China are the lowest paid expats in the country, yet they are the most targeted by the fraudsters and ID thieves. Teachers are supposed to be teaching lessons to others. But in China they are the ones learning them - the hard way. If you are one of them, we suggest you visit http://chinascamwatch.org and make yourself scam-proof in a hurry.

If you want a free copy of China Labor Laws in English, Please send an email request to ChinaLaws@ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org  



H A P P Y    H O L I D A Y S    TO    ALL!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

CFTU Warning!!! - Newbie China Foreign ESL & TEFL Teachers Fooled With "Probationary Period" Pay Fraud...

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This scam alert is for every expat working or seeking employment in China and can cost you about 10,000-20,000 rmb in lost wages. Every Chinese employer strives to save money and some do it legally. But other do it this way...

New hires and job applicants aboad are falsely told that during their 90 day probationary period, they will only receive 50% of their pay.  Some expats are not even told but the they find out on payday the hard way - with shock and awe. When they read their contract they either find a sentence or two about "probationary pay" or no mention of not at all (usually the latter). Currently more that 70% of China foreign teachers polled were not even aware of this provision of China labor law! This ruse is 100% illegal and violates China Labor Laws which say the following (translation is rough)

"Employee probationary periods are limited to one month for each year of the contract term"

So, for you to have a "90 day probationary period" your contract would have to be 3 years in duration. Most employee contracts in China are 1 year, and legally the probationary period can not exceed 1 month accordingly.


Currently more that 70% of China foreign teachers polled were not even aware of this provision of China labor law! However, if you waive your employee rights and agree to different terms the employer puts in the contract, you must honor the contract.  Therefore, on any contract you sign in China, you should insert a sentence or clause that says the following...

"Party B, the employee does not waive any of his/her employee rights granted in accordance with China's labor laws for any period of time during the duration of this employment agreement"

This one clause will also ensure that you are paid for overtime and are not charged money for a release letter when you leave the company. In recent years, expat employees were granted the same employee rights as local employees and courts have got much more impartial and diligent in enforcing the laws, so disregard the horror stories from the past about "not wasting money on a lawyer, because foreigners never win in Chinese courts".  In the last year alone, 27 foreigners claimed major victories from 32 claims filed in Beijing and Shanghai. To get your own free copy of China's labor laws and visa laws in English, just send an email request to ChinaLaws @ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org 


 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

2015 CFTU China School & Recruiter ESL, TEFL, & AP School & Recruiter White & Blacklist - Please Help Us With Updates!

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As another year comes to a close it is time to update our ESL - TEFL & AP China School & Recruiter White and Blacklist.  And of course, without YOU, these lists could not exist or help advise others how to work safe in China. If you are in China use this link:  2015 China School & Recruiter Survey. If you are outside of China, just scroll down...

Since 2010, the CFTU as served as an early warning system for all of you willing to take the time to investigate with whom you entrust your teaching career.  We have exposed 79 scams, 87 scam recruiters, 23 identity thieves, and best of all, found 897 honest and reputable schools that are now on our current 2014 white list.  Although our blacklist is updated every 90 days, our white list is an annual affair (much more comprehensive and tedious for our volunteers to deal with).  We count on YOU - the actual China ESL, TEFL, IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, GRE  & AP teaching community to keep us informed of the good, the bad, the ugly, and of course, the best.



Contrary to all the BS and rumors spread by our beloved China job agents and recruiters that we have exposed in the past, no amount of money will add any school to our white list nor remove any entity from our blacklist. If five or more actual teachers endorse a school where they have actually worked for one year, and complete our survey below, the school is added to the whitelist, if we can confirm that 1) They are properly licensed to hire foreigners in China and sponsor Z visas, 2) Have no more than 1 unresolved complaint on file, and 3) Agree that a a CFTU rep can randomly visit the the school and privately interview up to 3 teachers selected by the rep.



Getting on the blacklist is not so difficult.  If a particular agent or school receives more than 3 complaints in one year it triggers an investigation by the CFTU to determine if 1) The agent/recruiter is properly licensed to do business in China, 2) Willing to provide their true legal identification, and 3) willing to resolve outstanding complaints in a fair and reasonable manner.  If they balk and show no interest in resolving complaints or refuse to show proof of licensing, and present a verifiable government citizenship card or passport, they are blacklisted.  Grounds for immediate blacklisting aside from those above include:

* Caught selling or buying resumes from third parties

* Proven affiliation with identity theft rings

* Charging money for invitation or release letters

* Advising teacher applicants that they can legally work in China without a Z visa or bachelor degree

* Caught selling fake diplomas, TEFL/TESOL certificates, and/or fake referral letters of recommendation

So, now comes the part where we ask you to invest 10 minutes of your busy day to help advise, warn,  or  recommend the agents, and recruiters you have used, and schools where you have worked for at least one year.  You name/email will never be revealed and you will never be spammed by the CFTU (We don't sell, promote, nor advertise any product nor service) For schools, this is what we need to know:


 


1- Your email and first name for any verification issue or clarification (especially if a complaint is involved)?


2- Name and location of the school?


3- Dates of employment?


4- Name of the Principal, FAO, or Headmaster?


5- Was their contract fair?


6- Were you provided a TA?


7- Were you paid for overtime hours?


8- What was your salary?


9- Were you paid on time and in full?


10- Was housing provided and was it clean and heated?


11- How many teachers lived in your shared apartment?


12- Was your contract honored in full?


13- Were your bonuses and holiday pay provided in full?


14- Were you provided an invitation and release letter free of charge?


15- Did your school require you to take TEFL or TESOL training and if so, at whose expense?


16- Did your school insist that you work with a specific recruiter and if so who?


17- Did you have to pay any deposits and if so for what and were those deposits refunded to you?


18- Were you provided practical and standardized curriculum or did you prepare your own?


19- Were you treated fairly, professionally, and respectfully by the staff?


20- Were you ever fined and if so, why and how much?


21- Did your school make any false representations to you, and if so please explain in 5 sentences or less


22- Did your school ever retain your passport for more than 3-5 days?


23- Did your school sponsor you for a Z visa and if so, at whose expense?


24- Did yur school ever ask you to lie to parents, students, other teachers or make a fake review?  Explain if the answer is yes.


25- How would you rate this school on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being "excellent" and 1 being "unacceptable".


Send your answers to this survey to Joel@ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org




Regarding recruiters that you want to recommend or expose as being unethical or dishonest, just send an email to Reports@ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org and be specific and civil please.  Reports that merely say "Li Peng is a greedy bastard" will be ignored.  We need specific examples and all the contact info for the recruiter and the name they provided you and their real name if you know it.

Since 2010, complaints from teachers have dropped 12% and the white list has expanded 18%.  So your feedback has definitely been making a difference. Our goal for 2015 is to build our white lst to at least 1,000 licensed schools, universities, kindergartnes, and learning centers that hire foreigners. We thank you for your continued support and cooperation. Our new white and blacklists will be published no later than January 10th, 2015.  To learn more about our many free programs and resources, please visit http://www.ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org

Happy Holidays To All!
The CFTU Volunteers

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Warning! SAFEA, PSB, and Ministry of Education Now Verifying Degrees & Diplomas of China Foreign Teachers - Fraud To Be Punished With Blacklisting

The CFTU has just recently been "advised" and provided a copy of a memo from SAFEA to the Minister of Education (dated January 3rd, 2014) suggesting that all schools be directed to reject foreign teacher applications who present diplomas and degrees from "unaccredited or fake universities and learning institutions or organizations" listed below.  The two page memo further "suggests" that the PSB also include this verification procedure when conducting random visa checks at schools throughout China.

Although the memo was merely a suggestion made several months ago, our other sources have advised us that the suggestion was accepted and principals and deans in all provinces have been provided the below list as well as this link here to double-check. Online Verification Link  The new precaution is to become effective October 1, 2014 The MOE directive also insists that violating applicants be "noted and reported accordingly" (blacklisted) so as not to be rehired if already working in China fraudulently.  See these links about existing blacklists:


Clearly the Chinese government is now clamping down on foreign expat teachers who are not qualified to teach and this disclosure was provided as a warning message of what is to come.  We were also advised that in 2015 Chinese embassies and visa bureaus will start requiring fingerprinting of all expat employee applicants but no details were provided.

Our concern is that teachers already in China using fake diplomas and degrees may be subject to arrest and deportation with similar 5 year reentry bans given to those caught working without Z visas.



A
* Académie Européene d'Informatisation, aka World Information Distributed University - WID,Belgium, Russia
* Academy of Natural Therapies, formerly in Hawaii until closed by court order; may have reopened in Wyoming or Montana
* Academy of Religious & Spiritual Studies
* Accademia di Belle Arti di Mendicino, Italy
* Adam Smith University, Liberia; Saipan
* Adams College
* Adams and Washington University, King College of Professional Studies, England
* Addison State University, Ottawa, Canada; "has no Ontario authorization to issue degrees"
* Adison University
* Advanced Learning Network, Vermont
* African Distributed University (AIDP), connected to World Information Distributed University
* Akamai University, Hawaii
* Alberdeen University, New Mexico
* Albert University, Delaware
* Alexandria University, Nevada (not to be confused with Alexandria University in Egypt)
* Al-Hurra University (or Alhuraa University), Sweden, Netherlands; U.S. states of Michigan and Rhode Island
* Al-Ishraq University, Saudi Arabia
* All-American University, Nevada
* Allen Maxwell University, Wyoming
* All Saints American University, Liberia
* Almeda University (also called Almeda College or Almeda International University)
* Al Qasim University, Pakistan
* Al-Shurook University, Saudi Arabia
* Ambai University, Massachusetts
* Ambassador University Corporation
* American Androgogy University, Hawaii, Bolivia
* Americana University, Liberia
* American Capital University, Liberia
* American Central University, Wyoming
* American Century University, New Mexico; formerly known as Century University
* American City University
* American Coastline University, formerly operated from mailbox rental services in Hawaii and Louisiana and was owned by Dr. Richard Hoyer; also reported in Russia and the U.S. states of California and New York
* American College of Brazilian Studies (AMBRA) Florida
* American College of Commerce and Technology, Falls Church, Virginia
* American College of Metaphysical Theology, Golden Valley, Minnesota
* American Columbus University, California
* American Global International University, Florida
* American Global University, Wyoming
* American Global University School of Medicine, Ohio
* American Independent International University
* American International University; one or more entities by this name are based in Oregon, California, and Lebanon (not to be confused with American InterContinental University)
* American International University of Management and Technology, Hawaii
* American Liberty University, U.S. states of Alabama and California, also England, Greece, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, and United Arab Emirates
* American National University
* American Pacific University, Vietnam and other Asian locations; has falsely claimed affiliation with Central Washington University
* American Pacwest International University
* American Scandinavian University, Sweden and U.S. states of Texas and Arizona
* American School of Metaphysics, New York
* American State University (aka Hamilton University and Richardson University), Hawaii, Wyoming, and Caribbean
* American University for Humanities, formerly American University of Hawaii; U.S. state of Mississippi and nations of India, Lebanon, and Georgia
* American University in London
* American University of London
* American University of Hawaii Gulfport, Mississippi; Clinton, Mississippi; (also reported to be operating in India; not to be confused with the University of Hawaii)
* American University of Human Services, Mississippi. Reported closed as of .
* American University of Mayonic Science and Technology
* American World University
* Americus University, Washington, DC
* Ames Christian University, Florida
* Amstead University, United States
* Anacrusis Institute, Greece and United Kingdom
* Andersen University, California  (not to be confused with institutions named Anderson University)
* Andersonville Theological Seminary (formerly Andersonville Baptist Seminary), Camilla, Georgia ATS website states that it is accredited by Transworld Accrediting Commission, "on the list of Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Recognized College Programs", and by the National Accrediting Agency of Private Theological Institutions. None of these organizations are listed as a recognized accreditation agencies in the United States.
* Anglo-American University, Hawaii
* Apostolic Prophetic Bible College & Theological Seminary, Rochester Hills, Michigan
* Apostolic Theological Bible College, Tampa, Florida
* Arabic Open University, Denmark
* Ashford University, United Kingdom; not to be confused with the accredited Ashford University in Iowa
* Ashington University, British Virgin Islands, Louisiana
* Ashwood University, Florida, Pakistan, and possibly Texas; may operate Universidad de las Palmas"
* Aston University, Nigeria (relationship with Aston University in the UK is not clear)
* Ateneo di Studi Superiori pro Pace, Italy, Belgium. Operated -
* Atlanta University, Nigeria (not be confused with University of Atlanta, Clark Atlanta University or the Atlanta University Center)
* Atlantic International University, located in Hawaii or Nigeria
* Atlantic Pacific University, Chengdu, China
* Auberdeen University, Idaho

B
* Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University Education Society, Gokak, Belgaum, Karnataka, India
* Barber-Scotia College (lost accreditation in )
* Barrington University, Mobile, Alabama (formerly operated by Virtual Academics. Com of Boca Raton, Florida)
* Bay Ridge Christian College (aka Bay Ridge College) in Texas. (The school states "we are non-accredited")
* Belford University (operated from a PO Box in Humble, Texas; not to be confused with the University of Bedford which is linked to University Degree Program)
* Beloved Community Seminary, Oregon, Hawaii
* Bennington University (not to be confused with Bennington College)
* Berean Bible College in Poway, California (Claims approval from Accrediting Commission International, which is not recognized as an accreditor.)
* Berne University, Pennsylvania, Virginia, St. Kitts (not to be confused with University of Bern)
* Bernelli University, Virginia (United States), Italy; new name for Berne University
* Bethlehem Christian University, Culpeper, Virginia, a member of Life Christian University
* Bettis Christian University, Arkansas
* The Bible Doctrine Institute, Jacksonville, Florida; founded in  as The Blue Ridge Bible Institute
* Bienville University Woodville, Mississippi. Reported closed as of .
* Bircham International University (formerly Oxford International University)
* Blackpool University
* Blacksmith University, Nigeria
* Brainwells University, United States and Canada, but might be based elsewhere
* Brazilian Law International College (Blic)
* Brethren Bible Institute, Pathanamthitta, India
* Breyer State University
* Bridgewater University (associated with instantdegrees.com; not to be confused with Bridgewater College or Bridgewater State University)
* Bridgewood University
* Britain College of Management and Science
* British West Indies Medical College (earlier known as West Indies College of Naturopathic Medicine and Surgery)
* Brixton University, British Columbia
* Bronte International University
* Burnell College, United Kingdom
* Burnett International University, Haiti, St. Kitts
* Buxton University (not to be confused with the University of Derby's Buxton campus) (Connected with instantdegrees.com)

C
* Calamus International University (including Calamus Extension College and Vocalist International Distance Learning Academy), Vanuatu (formerly based in Turks and Caicos)
* California Graduate School of Theology
* California University of Business and Technology no claim of accreditation, only state approval.
* California Pacific School of Theology, Glendale, California. (Claims "accreditation" from the Association of Christian Colleges and Theological Schools. but it is not a recognized higher education accreditor in the United States.
* Calvary Baptist Bible College, King, North Carolina
* Calvary Chapel Bible College, Murrieta, California (This institution's website states: "We are not accredited, nor are we seeking accreditation, so as to be free from outside control and remain open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.")
* Cal Southern University, Houston, Texas, and registered in the South Pacific island of Niue (Not to be confused with the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, California Southern University in Irvine, California, or California Southern Law School in Riverside, California.)
* Calvary University in Virginia (USA); also reported in Oregon, UK, Netherlands, and other countries
* Cambridge Graduate University
* Cambridge International University, Cape Town, South Africa, Arizona USA)
* Cambridge State University, Jackson, Mississippi ("district officials discovered the school has an extensive criminal history and is nothing more than a diploma mill.")
* Canadian School of Management
* Canbourne University (not to be confused with Camborne School of Mines)
* Canby Bible College, Canby, Oregon, formerly Leadership Training Institute (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as “unaccredited religious exempt school”)
* Canterbury University (Seychelles)
* Canyon College
* Capital City Religious Institute, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
* Capitol University
* Carlingford University, scam run by a prison inmate in Wisconsin; shut down in . The name previously was identified with an address in London, and with the University Degree Program.
* Carolina International University, North Charleston, South Carolina
* Carolina University of Theology, Manassas, Virginia (Website states that school is accredited by Accrediting Commission International but notes “This accreditation is not recognized by the US Dept. of Education. It is our intention in the months ahead to pursue a full accredited status with an agency recognized by the US Dept. of Education.”)
* Centro di Tecnologia Universitaria Straniera – CE.T.U.S, Italy
* Chadwick University, Alabama
* Charis Bible College, Colorado Springs, Colorado
* Charis School of Divinity, Florida
* Chase University
* Chesapeake Baptist College in Severn, Maryland (Claims approval from Accrediting Commission International, which is not recognized as an accreditor.)
* Christ Alive Christian Seminary and University, Nigeria
* Christ For The Nations Institute
* Christian Leadership University, New York
* Christian Bible College, Rocky Mount, North Carolina
* Christians of Charity American University of Sci. and Tech., Nigeria
* Clarksville School of Theology, Clarksville, Tennessee; shut down in
* Clayton College of Natural Health (same operator as Chadwick University) (in Alabama)
* Clayton Theological Institute, California
* ClosedCollegeDiploma.com
* Clayton University, Hong Kong, China, San Marino, Nigeria, India
* Colonial Academy (Chicago)
* Colton University
* Columbia Pacific University
* Columbia State University
* Columbus University, Picayune, Mississippi (Closed by state action in Louisiana)
* Collumbus University, UK or Nigeria
* Commonwealth Open University (Virgin Islands; not to be confused with Commonwealth Institute)
* Communion of Saints Seminary, Oregon
* Concordia College and University Dominican Republic, USA
* Concordia Theologica Institute For Biblical Studies
* Corlins University
* Cranmer Theological House, Louisiana; Texas
* Crescent City Christian College, Metairie, Louisiana, ("basically a coach's house — no campus, no facilities, no faculty, no library that anyone could discover")
* Crown College, Tacoma, Washington, (lost accreditation in )
* Cumbres de Chile University (Universidad Cumbres de Chile), Viña del Mar, Chile.

D
* Delta International University of New Orleans
* Dispensational Theological Seminary Forest Grove, Oregon (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as an unaccredited religious exempt school)
* Donsbach University (or Donsback University)
* Dorcas University, Honolulu, Hawaii
* Dublin Metropolitan University

E
* Earlscroft University UK, Ireland, Seychelles
* Earlstown University (associated with UDP International)
* Earthnet Institute, Hawaii
* Eastern Caribbean University, Texas; St. Kitts, Virgin Islands
* East Point University
* Ecole Supérieure Robert de Sorbon, France; also linked to the American Universities Admission Program in Sarasota, Florida, which was sued in  for allegedly using the logo of the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers to deceive prospective students. (The school's website – http://www.sorbon.fr/legalengl.html – disputes the allegation of being a diploma mill.)[verification needed]
* Edenvale University, Dallas, Texas
* Edison University
* Ellington University
* Eternity Bible College
* Euclid University, Central African Republic, Chad, Belgium, Pakistan, St. Vincent, Comoros, and possibly other locations[disputed – discuss]
* Eurasia Community College, Italy
* European American University, Dominica
* European Business School Cambridge, or European Business School (Cambridge)
* European Carolus Magnus University, Belgium and possibly other locations in Europe
* European Continental University, United Kingdom, Delaware
* European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland. It is accredited by a school council ("Hochschulrat") in which the Canton of Valais is represented with at least one member. The school is not accredited by the Swiss University Conference, the main regulatory body for universities in Switzerland (in Switzerland, unlike in other European countries, the accreditation system operates on a voluntary basis).
* European Institute of Technology, Italy, San Marino Not to be confused with European Institute of Innovation and Technology
* European Management University International, Denmark; also Sweden, U.S. and China
* European Open University Not to be confused with the European Open Universities Network at European Association of Distance Teaching Universities
* European Union University, Madrid, Spain (but incorporated in the U.S. state of Iowa)
* European University of Ireland

F
* Fairfax University
* Faith Seminary - Salem, formerly Oregon Theological Seminary (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)
* Farington University
* Florida State Christian College, Florida
* Frederick Taylor International University, Hawaii; California
* Freedom Bible College and Seminary, Rogers, Arkansas (Claims accreditation from International Commission on Academic Accreditation, which it notes "is not recognized by the United States Department of Education. Credits earned at any ICAAI accredited institution are not automatically transferable.")
* Freie und Private Universität Herisa, Switzerland
* Frederick Taylor University, California
* Friends International Christian University, Florida; California. Website states, “FICU is not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education.”
* Frontier Christian University, Indiana (formerly Southern Indiana Bible College)
* Full Gospel Christian College, Pontiac, Michigan

G
* Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith
* Generale University (also called Generale Polytechnic Institute)
* Geo-Metaphysical Institute, New York
* George Wythe University, Cedar City, Utah
* Georgia Christian University, Norcross, Georgia, United States
* Georgian International University, Paoli, Pennsylvania
* Glencullen University ("A phony 'Irish university' is marketing degrees internationally via the Internet. An EL reporter in the US, posing as a prospective student, has been offered an English literature degree from 'Glencullen University', without any study, for $.")
* Glendale University (previously called Glenndale University)
* Glenford University in Mississippi. Reported closed as of .
* Global Church Theological Seminary and Global Church University
* Golden State School of Theology (Stockton, California)
* Golden State Baptist College, Santa Clara, California. Part of Independent Baptist Bible College Movement, listed among Wikipedia category Unaccredited Christian colleges and universities.
* Golden State University(aka Honolulu University of the Arts, Sciences and Humanities), US, Lebanon
* Greenwich University (Operated on Norfolk Island from  to . Not to be confused with University of Greenwich, London, England)

H
* Hamilton University (aka American State University and Richardson University)
* Hartford University (not to be confused with University of Hartford); this name has been used by the University Degree Program, an entity apparently based in Vanuatu and falsely claiming a location in Minnesota, and an entity in Washington, DC
* Heartland Baptist Bible College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The school's website states that they "seek no national or regional accreditation, but seeks only God’s approval."
* Herguan University, Sunnyvale, California
* Hill University
* Holy Trinity College and Seminary, New Port Richey, Florida; seminary’s website notes its choice to remain unaccredited and states, "the degree programs of this college are designed solely for religious vocations."
* Honolulu University (aka Honolulu University of the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities and Golden State University)
* Houdegbe North American University, Nigeria
* Hubbard College of Administration International, Los Angeles, California
* Huntington Pacific University
* Hyles-Anderson College and Hyles-Anderson College Seminary, Crown Point, Indiana. Part of Independent Baptist Bible College Movement. Founder asserted that the college remains unaccredited because the government would "take away our freedom."

I
* Illinois Theological Seminary Online, also named In-Depth Theological Seminary, Independent Theological Seminary and Intercontinental Theological Seminary. The school states: “ITS is not an accredited school with any accreditation board. ITS very much cherishes...the principle of separation between Church and State.”
* Indiana Christian University ("Indiana Christian University is approved by the Indiana State Approving Agency for training of veterans and other eligible persons"
* Institute for Creation Research Graduate School and School of Biblical Apologetics, Dallas, Texas)
* Instituto Latinoamericano de Psicobiofisica, Italy
* Intercontinental University
* Intercultural Open University Foundation, global, has had headquarters in the Netherlands, Spain and USA
* Interfaith Seminary, formerly Interfaith School of Theology, New Rochelle, New York
* International American University, California; Nepal
* International Bible University, Norwalk, California; Carpinteria, California; Hawaii. Also called "E M International Bible University" or "E.M.I. Bible University."
* International Management Centres Association (IMCA or IMC Association), Buckingham, UK.
* International Open University (fka Standford University) USA
* International Seminary, Plymouth, Florida (Claims accreditation only from Accrediting Commission International. Alan Contreras, of Oregon's Office of Degree Authorization, described all schools accredited by ACI as "fake or substandard.")
* International Theological University California
* The International University, Italy
* The International University, Missouri or Nigeria
* International University for Graduate Studies St. Kitts and Nevis
* International University of Ministry and Education, Grandview, Missouri
* International University, Vienna (an American unaccredited private institution with a campus in Vienna, Austria)
* IOND University, Hawaii; Japan
* Irish International University
* Isles International University
* Ivory Carlson University, lacks approval to operate in Minnesota, may be based in India

J
* James Monroe University (also called James Monroe International University)
* Jacksonville Theological Seminary, Southaven, Mississippi
* Jackson Hole Bible College, Jackson Hole, Wyoming (Offers a one year "Diploma of Biblical Foundations," not degrees)
* Johnson Daves University (or Johnson Davids University), Liberia, British Virgin Islands, United States

K
* Kansas City College and Bible School in Overland Park, Kansas. (Its website says it has "pre-membership status" with Association for Biblical Higher Education," which should not be confused with accreditation.)
* Kennedy-Western University
* Kensington University, California; Hawaii (closed in  by state action)
* Kent College, Louisiana
* Kentucky Christian University (Ashland), Ashland, Kentucky (not to be confused with Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky, which is accredited)
* Kepler College, Washington (state)
* Kepler Space University, South Carolina
* Kingston College, British Columbia; illegal operation closed down October , ; not to be confused with Kingston College (England) in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England
* Kingston University
* Kingsway Bible University (Des Moines, Iowa) (formerly Mid-States Bible College; claims accreditation from International Association of Bible Colleges and Seminaries, which is not a recognized accreditor)
* Knightsbridge University
* Knoxville College (lost accreditation in )

L
* Lacrosse University Reported closed as of .
* Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee (Lost accreditation in .)
* Landford University
* Lansbridge University
* LaSalle University (Louisiana) (not to be confused with La Salle University (Philadelphia), nor with The LaSalle Extension University (Chicago))
* Leadway University, Nigeria
* Leibniz Campus – Libera Università Internazionale G. W. Leibni, Italy
* Libera Università degli Studi di Formel, Italyl
* Libera Universitas Multidisciplinare Umanitaria perla Cultura Internazionale – LUMUC, Italy
* Life Christian University, Tampa, Florida
* Lobi Business School, Nigeria
* London College of Technology and Business
* London External Studies, UK or Nigeria
* Lorenz University
* Los Angeles University
* Louisiana Baptist University (formerly Baptist Christian University)
* Louisiana Christian University, Lake Charles, Louisiana


M
* Madison University, Gulfport, Mississippi
* Maharana Patap Shiksha Niketan Vishwavidyalaya, Pratapgarh, India
* Mahila Gram Vidyapith, Prayag, Allahabad, India
* Maithili University/Vishwavidyalaya, Darbhanga, Bihar, India
* Management Institute of Canada
* Marquis Open University, Italy
* Master's International School of Divinity, Evansville, Indiana (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as “unaccredited religious exempt school”)
* Metropolitan Collegiate Institute (associated with the fake teaching hospital Sussex General Hospital, both purportedly in London)
* Metro University, Nigeria
* Miami Christian University, Miami, Florida
* Mid-States Bible College (Des Moines, Iowa) (now Kingsway Bible University)
* Midtown University, Florida or Panama
* Miranda International University, Italy
* Mississippi International University
* Monticello University
* Morris Brown College (lost accreditation in )
* Mountain States Baptist College, Montana. Part of Independent Baptist Bible College Movement.
* MUST University, California. Not to be confused with Macau University of Science and Technology, Malaysia University of Science and Technology, Mindanao University of Science and Technology (Philippines), Minghsin University of Science and Technology (Taiwan), Misr University for Science & Technology (Egypt), or other schools with similar names that include "University of Science and Technology".

N
* National University of Nigeria
* Nations University, Monroe, Louisiana
* New Age International University, nominally of the Principality of Seborga, a micronation within the borders of Italy; admissions, licensing and certification are controlled by the Institute of Education, Research & Development, Kolkata, India
* New England State University
* Newton University, Vancouver, Canada; Hawaii
* New Tribes Bible Institute, Jackson, Michigan; Waukesha, Wisconsin
* New West Seminary Oregon City, Oregon, (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)
* Nightingale University, Panama City, Panama; Melbourne, Australia
* Nobel University, South Korea
* Non Traditional University of USA (aka University of USA), Italy
* North Central University, Nigeria
* North American Reformed Seminary, Flagstaff, Arizona
* Northfield University
* North Lexington University, Massachusetts
* North Norway University, Norway, Panama, UK
* Northwestern International University, Ltd., Cyprus, Denmark (not to be confused with other schools named Northwestern University)
* Norway University or University of Norway, Panama or the UK
* Novus University or Novus University International, Diamondhead, Mississippi
* Novus University School of Law (aka Novus University Law School) registered in Marshall Islands, but ran in Palmdale, California by Natalie Handy, spouse of James Kirk.

O
* Oaklands University, United Kingdom. May be "a new version of the University Degree Program."
* Oikos University, Oakland, California. Described by the Chronicle of Higher Education, as "a little-known, unaccredited institution housed in a single building in an East Oakland office park."
* Ohio Christian College
* Open International University, Nigeria
* Oregon College of Ministry, Gresham, Oregon (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)
* Oval Bible College, Lawrenceville, Georgia (Claims accreditation from American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions, which is unrecognized.)

P
* Pacific International University, Springfield, Missouri; originally was located in Victoria, Australia
* Pacific National University and Theological Institute, Los Angeles, California
* Pacific Southern University
* Patriot Bible University (formerly Patriot University, Colorado; claims that its accreditation is by American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions, which is an unrecognized agency deemed to be an accreditation mill)
* Pebble Hills University, Italy - A police fraud investigation revealed that the University's "headquarters" in Seborga, Italy is a room in a building used as a cellar, also the home of ten other diploma mills: Saint Bernard University, Eurasia Community College, Instituto Latinoamericano de Psicobiofisica - I.L.A.P.; St. Paul Ottawa College & University, Phoenix International University Europe, West Coast University - WCU; The International University; Miranda International University; Marquis Open University; and James Monroe International University
* Pebbles University, Nigeria
* Penbrook University
* Pensacola Bible Institute
* Phoenix International University Europe
* Politecnico degli Studi Internazionali, also known as PoliSI or UniPoliSI; Switzerland
* Politecnico di Studi Aziendali ISSEA SA; Switzerland
* Portland Bible College Portland, Oregon (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)
* Preston University (aka Fairmount International University)
* Preston University Pakistan
* Promis University of London

Q
* Queenston University, Utah, Vanuatu, and Australia

R
* Raja Arabic University, Nagpur, India
* Randford University
* Redding University
* Regent International University (not to be confused with the accredited Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia)
* Revans University, Vanuata
* Rev. D. O. Ockiya College of Theology and Management Sciences, Nigeria (lack of accreditation affects only its degree-awarding programmes)
* Richmond Open University, Nigeria
* Ridgewood University
* Rochville University (not to be confused with La Rochville University, an accredited university in France)
* Rocklands University
* Royal University Izhia, Nigeria
* Rushmore University
* Rutherford University (previously known as Senior University and Stratford International University)

S
* Sacramento International University, (also called San Francisco International University, and Bellington University)
* SAE Online (formerly SAE Graduate College), UK, Germany
* Saint Augustines University of Technology, Nigeria
* Saint Bernard University, Italy
* St. Christopher Iba Mar Diop - College of Medicine, UK, USA
* St. Clements University (Called a "degree mill" by the State of Maine, but removed from list after a formal action taken by St. Clements University.)
* St. John's University School of Medicine, Montserrat
* St. John's University or St. John's University of Practical Theology, Springfield, Louisiana
* Saint Luke School of Medicine, Liberia; California; Ghana
* Saint Martin’s College and Seminary, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
* St. Paul’s College & Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota
* St. Paul Ottawa College & University, Italy
* St. Regis University, Dominica; Liberia; Washington D.C.; and Washington (closed by court order in June ), (not to be confused with Regis University in Denver, which is accredited)
* Saint Stephen’s Educational Bible College, Los Angeles, California
* Saint Theresa's Medical University, St. Kitts
* St. Thomas-a-Becket College & University, Canterbury, England
* Saint Wolbodo Seminary, Baltimore, Maryland
* Samuel Ahmadu University, Nigeria
* Sancta Sophia Seminary, Oklahoma. Claims "accreditation" by the Accrediting Commission International for Schools, Colleges, and Theological Seminaries, Inc., an unrecognized accreditation agency.
* Sequoia University, Los Angeles and Oklahoma. Closed by court order in .
* Si Tanka University, Eagle Butte, South Dakota
* Somerset University
* Shalom Bible Institute (Describes itself as "We are also not accredited as we do not offer any type of degree programs, just certificates of completion.")
* South California Polytechnic University, Taiwan
* South Pacific University
* Southern Pacific University, Malaysia
* Springfield Christian College and Theological Seminary
* Standford University (aka International Open University) USA
* Stanton University
* Strategic Business School, Nigeria
* Success Seminary, Oregon
* Suffield University; operating illegally in Connecticut
* Summit Theological Seminary in Peru, Indiana (Its website says it "never has nor will seek accreditation.")
* Summerset University ("Appears to be a new version of the "University Degree Program" cluster supposedly closed by UK and US action. It has no legal authority to issue degrees.")
* Sunday Adokpela University, Nigeria
* Sutherland University

T
* Tabernacle Baptist College in Greenville, South Carolina ("the degrees awarded are neither certified by the State of Virginia nor are they accredited by any organization or regional agency")
* Taiken Wilmington University, Japan
* Tecana University, South America
* Templeton University, Singapore and Nevada
* Tennessee Bible College, Cookeville, Tennessee
* Tennessee Christian University, Tennessee
* Texas Christian Bible University, Crowley, Texas; not to be confused with Texas Christian University
* Texas Theological University, Texas
* Therapon University, Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (It claims accreditation from American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions, which it describes as "not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the seven official regional accrediting agencies. This non-recognition may have some implications that include" that students may not be able to use "its degrees for employment.")
* Thomas Jefferson Education Foundation, South Dakota
* Thompson University
* Thornewood University, Great Britain
* Thornhill University, United Kingdom
* The Thornwood University, probably in United Kingdom or Netherlands
* Thunderwood College, Internet only, an admitted spoof website for an unaccredited college which offers instant "degrees" in a variety of subjects.
* Tiu International University, UK and Nigeria
* Trafalgar Distance Learning Institute, Calgary and Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
* Trident University of Technology, United States, Singapore
* Tri-Valley University, Pleasanton, California, raided by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for allegedly operating as a front for illegal immigration.
* Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana. ("Trinity is currently working towards accreditation with a U.S. Department of Education (USDE) recognized agency for all of its programs." (Accessed August , ))
* Trinity College and University
* Trinity International University College, Wyoming, Delaware, France; not to be confused with Trinity International University
* Trinity Southern University (See: Colby Nolan)
* Trinity Southwest University, Albuquerque, New Mexico
* Trinity Valley Baptist Seminary and College in Kennedale, Texas (Claims approval from Accrediting Commission International, which is not recognized as an accreditor)
* Tyndale Theological Seminary, Texas. In , Tyndale Theological Seminary was fined for violating a state law that required institutions to have state approval or accreditation to award degrees or use terms such as "college" or "university" in their names. The fine was appealed, and in August  the Texas Supreme Court ruled that Tyndale and other seminaries that offer theological education and award religious degrees can do so without state government approval or accreditation.

U
* UNESCO University, Nigeria
* United Christian University, Nigeria
* United Nations University, Delhi, India (not to be confused with United Nations University)
* United Nigeria University College
* Universal Bible Institute, Birmingham, Alabama
* Universal University
* Università Mons Calpe, Gibraltar
* Università Popolare San Tommaso D’Aquino, Italy
* Universitas Internationalis Studiorum Superiorum “Pro Deo", United States
* Universitas Sancti Cyrilli, Malta
* Université Européenne Jean Monnet a.i.s.b.l
* Université de Wallis (lists addresses in Wallis and Futuna and United Kingdom)
* University Consulting, Inc.
* University Degree Program (formerly operated at least  different diploma mills in at least five countries)
* University of Action Learning (UAL)
* University of Antarctica
* University of Applied Sciences & Management in Benin and Nigeria
* University of Bedford  (not to be confused with the legitimate UK University of Bedfordshire)
* University of Berkley, Erie County, Pennsylvania
* University of Beverly Hills, California
* University of Bums on Seats (satirical)
* University of Central Europe, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Reported closed as of .
* University of Devon
* University of Ecoforum for Peace, Switzerland
* University of Esoterica (Institution website states: "We are not accredited by any state agency, and don't want to be...due to entanglements and Separation of Church and State.")
* University of the Holy Land, Israel
* University of Humberside (not to be confused with the University of Lincoln, which formerly used this name)
* University of Industry, Nigeria
* University of Lamberhurst
* University of Metaphysical Sciences, California and Minnesota
* University of Metaphysical Studies, New Mexico
* University of Metaphysics, Studio City, California, and Sedona, Arizona. Also called University of Sedona
* University of the Nations
* University of Natural Health, Brandon, Mississippi
* University of North America, Virginia
* University of Northern Virginia Closed by order of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
* University of Northern Washington
* University of NorthWest
* University of Redwood (fictitious)
* University of Santa Monica, also known as Kohenor University
* University of Sedona, Studio City, California, and Sedona, Arizona. Alternative name for University of Metaphysics
* Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya, India

V
* Valley University
* Vancouver University Worldwide
* Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya
* Vision International University
* Volta University College in Ghana and Nigeria

W
* Warnborough College; Ireland, United Kingdom, and Canyon, Texas
* WARP University, Fort Mill, South Carolina
* Warren National University
* Washington American Governors University, Delaware
* Washington College and University  (not to be confused with authorized institutions using the name Washington; see Washington (disambiguation)#Higher education)
* Washington International University, Pennsylvania, British Virgin Islands (not to be confused with authorized institutions using the name Washington; see Washington (disambiguation)#Higher education)
* Washington School of Theology, Oregon
* Washington University (washingtonuniversity.us)  (not to be confused with authorized institutions using the name Washington; see Washington (disambiguation)#Higher education)
* West Coast Baptist College, Lancaster, California. Website states: "[I]t is not our intention to [pursue accreditation].”
* West Coast University, Italy
* West Coast University – Panama, Bangladesh
* Western Michigan Bible Institute, Muskegon, Michigan
* Western States University, (aka Western States University for Professional Studies) in Doniphan, MO. (Closed in  while under review by the Missouri Department of Higher Education)
* Western Advanced Central University - also known as WACU or Western Central College, they are associated with Ashford College and claim to be recognized by the ACOHE (Accreditation Council for Online Higher Education).
* Westfield University, related to college-degree-fast.com, not to be confused with Westfield State University in Massachusetts
* Westmore College or Westmore University, Singapore
* Weston Reserve University, multiple locations, including Seychelles, Kuwait, Canada
* Whitton University
* William Carey International University, Pasadena, CA
* Williamsburg University (wwwedu-wu.com)
* Winchester University  (not to be confused with University of Winchester)
* Wisconsin International University, Florida, Ghana (Wisconsin International University College has National Accreditation Board accreditation in Ghana as a university college affiliated with the University of Ghana and University of Cape Coast), Ukraine and other locations, now using the name Worldwide International University
* Woodfield University (also operates the illicit Woodfield High School), South Carolina
* Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary, Washington
* Worchester University, Panama
* World Information Distributed University, aka Academie Européenne d’Informatisation – AEI Russia; Belgium; Switzerland
* Worldwide International University, new name of Wisconsin International University

Y
* York University, California (Claims accreditation from World Association of Universities and Colleges, which is not recognized by the US Department of Education.)
* Yorker International University, Italy, South Dakota, New York
* Youngsfield University, New York, United Kingdom
* YUIN/American University, Hawaii, California

Z
* Zenith University, Hawaii; related to Pickering and Brighton Universities; not to be confused with Zenith University College in Ghana



UPDATE:  Within 12 hours of sending this alert out to our members we received an email from China Scam Patrol advising us that a crackdown on phony TEFL, TESOL, & CELTA certificates is also part of the crackdown and seven teachers in Beijing were already deported after a single teacher job recruiter was caught selling fake documents.  Apparently the authorities went through the recruiters files or phone records to locate the expat teachers working with bogus documentation. We suggest you avoid recruiters whenever possible - especially one that sells counterfeit certificates and diplomas.