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Republic of Ethiopia

Capital: Addis Ababa
Located in East Africa

Study in Ethiopia

Why Study in Ethiopia:

Study abroad programs in Ethiopia realize that in today’s world, “educational” means global. Thus they try to provide reasonably priced educational opportunities to all interested students. Programs offer a variety of short-term study and travel courses. Their international programs present a world of opportunities, whether students are st.. Show more

Study abroad programs in Ethiopia realize that in today’s world, “educational” means global. Thus they try to provide reasonably priced educational opportunities to all interested students. Programs offer a variety of short-term study and travel courses. Their international programs present a world of opportunities, whether students are staying short-term, for a semester, or even for a whole year. Financial aid programs are also available, and will be applied to the International Studies Program. Some key facts here are:

  1. Language: There are 90 individual languages of Ethiopia, the most common two being Oromo and Amharic. However, English is the most widely spoken foreign language and is the medium of instruction in secondary schools and universities. In terms of writing systems, Ethiopia’s principal orthography is Ge’ez or Ethiopic.
  2. Housing: Students can be housed in a budget student residence in a single room or a charming bed and breakfast. Some students opt for the home-stay option, and are hosted by Ethiopian families for further immersion in the culture.
  3. Scholarships: Costs don’t have to be steep! Many scholarships are available to students who are interested in studying in Ethiopia. ‘Benjamin A. Gilman Critical Need Language Award’ offers scholarships for students studying unusual languages.

Top 3 reasons to study in Ethiopia:

  1. Studying in a country going through an interesting economic transformation.
  2. Locals are extremely welcoming and friendly.
  3. Experiencing the diverse wonders of Africa.

Some Leading African Universities are located here: Addis Ababa University (Ranked 16th in Africa) and Universidade Metodista de Angola (Ranked 35th in Africa) are here in the country that will inspire you to study in Ethiopia.

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Education in Ethiopia:

Types of Universities: Addis Ababa University (AAU) was the first university established in 1950 followed by Haramaya University in 1954. By 2007, there were 7 existing universities which were expanding and 13 new public universities had started construction. By 2012, the number of public universities had risen to 34, 31 owned b.. Show more

Types of Universities: Addis Ababa University (AAU) was the first university established in 1950 followed by Haramaya University in 1954. By 2007, there were 7 existing universities which were expanding and 13 new public universities had started construction. By 2012, the number of public universities had risen to 34, 31 owned by the MoE plus the Ethiopian civil service university, Defense university college and Kotebe college of teacher education. There were 64 accredited non-government universities or colleges awarding degrees.

The Ethiopian government established the Higher Education and Relevance Quality Agency (HERQA) to monitor the quality of education provided in higher education institutions. The government appoints HERQA’s director and the chairman of the board is a MoE representative. Western consultants helped develop HERQA guidelines and provided initial training for quality assurance. HERQA’s responsibility is limited to providing reports and recommendations to the institutions involved and the MoE. HERQA accredits private institutions but only conducts an institutional audit for public institutions. Public institutions do not need to act on HERQA recommendations.

Academic Year: Regular undergraduate programs are run usually from the second week of every September to the end of June, except for prospective graduates who stay a bit late in campus until they graduate.

Summer programs usually commence in mid-July and run through September.

Graduate education is offered from November to around mid-July; with first enrollments preceded by preparatory training of candidates in language and computational skills and research methodology – aimed at improving quality of graduate education.

General Application Requirements:

  1. Letter from the Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency (HERQA) for the certification of your educational documents. (The office of HERQA is found in Addis Ababa on the road which is leading to Shiro Meda in front of the American Embassy).
  2. Two copies of educational documents.
  3. Two passport size photograph.
  4. A letter from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia or from your embassy here in Ethiopia showing the reason for being here.
  5. Application fee: for Undergraduate Program 40USD, for Graduate Program 150USD
  6. Copy of your National ID card or valid passport
  7. Certified copy of the equivalence with the Rwandan system ( only for applicants with foreign qualifications)

For postgraduate programs, the entry requirements are:

-A good second class honors degree from a recognized institution for admission into a Masters Program or a postgraduate diploma.

-A good Masters degree for admission into a PhD program.

For certain courses like an MBA program, work experience might also be required.

Program Duration:

Certificate Programme: usually takes 1 month to 1 year to complete.
Higher Diploma: usually takes 1-2 years to complete.
Bachelors Degree: usually takes 4 years to complete.
Masters Degree: Usually takes 2 years after a Bachelor’s degree.
Doctorate Degree (PhD): usually takes 3 years after a Master’s degree.

Post Graduate Opportunities: There are several job opportunities after completing higher studies. Among them, the following are very lucrative:

  1. Managers of beverage companies: Brewery and soft drink companies’ managers. Some managers get hundreds of thousands of Birr per month!
  2. Construction project managers in the private sector
  3. Grant managers/finance managers in donor NGOs
  4. Bank managers. You can get up to 200,000 Birr/month, may be more including benefits in the form of bank shares.
  5. Pilots and technicians in Ethiopian Airlines

Other opportunities are larking here and there; you just have to find them.

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Schools / universities in Ethiopia

  • Bahir Dar (
    )

  • Hararghe (
    )

  • About Ethiopia

    Geography:

    At 1,126,829 square kilometers, Ethiopia is the world’s 27th-largest country, comparable in size to Bolivia. It.. Show more

    At 1,126,829 square kilometers, Ethiopia is the world’s 27th-largest country, comparable in size to Bolivia. It lies between the 3rd parallel north and the 15th parallel north and longitudes 33rd meridian east and 48th meridian east.

    The major portion of Ethiopia lies on the Horn of Africa, which is the easternmost part of the African landmass. Bordering Ethiopia are Sudan and South Sudan to the west, Djibouti and Eritrea to the north, Somalia to the east and Kenya to the south. Within Ethiopia is a vast highland complex of mountains and dissected plateaus divided by the Great Rift Valley, which runs generally southwest to northeast and is surrounded by lowlands, steppes, or semi-desert. The great diversity of terrain determines wide variations in climate, soils, natural vegetation, and settlement patterns.

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    Economy:

    According to the IMF, Ethiopia was one of the fastest growing economies in the world, registering over 10% economic g.. Show more

    According to the IMF, Ethiopia was one of the fastest growing economies in the world, registering over 10% economic growth from 2004 through 2009. It was the fastest-growing non-oil-dependent African economy in the years 2007 and 2008. In 2015, the World Bank highlighted that Ethiopia had witnessed rapid economic growth with real domestic product (GDP) growth averaging 10.9% between 2004 and 2014.

    In 2008 and 2011, Ethiopia’s growth performance and considerable development gains were challenged by high inflation and a difficult balance of payments situation. Inflation surged to 40% in August 2011 because of loose monetary policy, large civil service wage increase in early 2011, and high food prices. For 2011/12, end-year inflation was projected to be about 22%, and single digit inflation is projected in 2012/13 with the implementation of tight monetary and fiscal policies.

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    Fees & Living Costs:

    -Tuition Fees-Academic fees generally vary widely from one degree program to the other and from one .. Show more

    -Tuition Fees-Academic fees generally vary widely from one degree program to the other and from one university to another. Tuition fees at Ethiopian universities are very cheap ranging between about 750 USD – 3,000 USD per year.

    -Cost of Living- Living in Ethiopia doesn’t cost a student very much. For instance, a meal in an inexpensive restaurant would cost them around $4.00. Transportation expenses are quite low as well. Students need to spend only $0.31 for a one-way ticket on local transport, and around $10.00 for an unlimited monthly pass. The prices of an apartment (1 bedroom) in the city centre are around $415.11 and $266.00 for an apartment (1 bedroom) outside the city centre. If you want to go to a fitness club, monthly fee for 1 adult is $67.03

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    Climate & Culture:

    Ethiopia is in the tropical zone lying between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer. It has three different climate z.. Show more

    Ethiopia is in the tropical zone lying between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer. It has three different climate zones according to elevation.

    Kolla (Tropical zone) – is below 1830 meters in elevation and has an average annual temperature of about 27 degree Celsius with annual rainfall about 510 millimeters. The Danakil Depression (Danakil Desert) is about 125 meters below sea level and the hottest region in Ethiopia where the temperature climbs up to 50 degree Celsius.

    Woina dega (Subtropical zone) – includes the highlands areas of 1830 – 2440 meters in elevation has an average annual temperature of about 22 degree Celsius with annual rainfall between 510 and 1530 millimeters.

    Dega (Cool zone) – is above 2440 meters in elevation with an average annual temperature of about 16 degree Celsius with annual rainfall between 1270 and 1280 millimeters.

    The culture of Ethiopia is diverse and generally structured along ethno linguistic lines. The country’s Afro-Asiatic-speaking majority adhere to an amalgamation of traditions that were developed independently and through interaction with neighboring and far away civilizations, including other parts of Northeast Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, India, Italy and Malaysia. By contrast, the nation’s Nilotic communities and other ethno linguistic minorities tend to practice customs more closely linked with South Sudan and/or the African Great Lakes region. In general, Ethiopians are well known for their warm and courteous greetings when dealing with others. Greetings need to be well specified, sincere and must not be rushed. One should take the time to inquire about the person’s important concerns like family, job, business and health. When greeting a group of people, one should acknowledge the elderly or speak to the eldest person first, and so on. Most Ethiopian greetings are somewhat formal in nature such as handshaking with friends, business associates, and with new acquaintances.

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    Immigration and Visas:

    In order for a person to study in Ethiopia, the prospective student should first have:

    1. Letter of Accepta.. Show more

    In order for a person to study in Ethiopia, the prospective student should first have:

    1. Letter of Acceptance from a recognized school in Ethiopia.
    2. Letter from your school acknowledging the student’s trip to Ethiopia and eventually guaranteeing financial and legal responsibilities for the student while in Ethiopia.
    3. One recent 2 x 2 passport photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/light background.
    4. A letter of invitation approved by the Ethiopian Government from sponsor/host company in Ethiopia explaining the relationship to the applicant and the purpose of travel to Ethiopia. In addition, the letter must indicate the length of stay, place of stay, and host’s contact information.
    5. International certificate of vaccination against yellow fever.

    If accepted, students are given permission to reside in Ethiopia for the extent of their term in school.

    No matter what nationality the student is from the following requirements must be met before a Student Visa for Ethiopia will be issued:

    *One colored passport size photo with white background recently taken without glasses, caps and scurf.  The photo should be attached to the application form by use of glue stick. Stapling and clipping the photo to the application form is not advisable.

    * A completed application form

    *An application letter addressed to the Director General of Immigration and Emigration.

    *School admission letter

    *CV Sometimes, financial statements are needed as per the demand of university council.

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    Interesting Facts:

    * Coffee was discovered in this country, in Kaffa region. A shepherd discovered this famous beverage when his goats a.. Show more

    * Coffee was discovered in this country, in Kaffa region. A shepherd discovered this famous beverage when his goats ate the leaves and became restless.

    * The oldest fossil of early man was discovered here.

    * About 70% of the mountains of Africa are in this country.

    * Abebe Bikila, an Ethiopian, won Africa’s first Olympic gold medal, in 1960.

    * Lake Tana in this country, supplies the Blue Nile River, which feeds the White Nile River before joining the Great Nile River.

    *This country has been mentioned severally in the Bible and the Quran.

    * Ethiopia has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa. The nine sites are Aksum, Fasil Ghebbi, Harar, Konso Cultural Landscape, Lower Valley of the Awash, Lower Valley of the Omo, Rock-Hewn Churches, Simien National Park and Tiya.

    *The Ethiopian Calendar has 13 months and it is 7 ½ years behind the Gregorian calendar. New Year in Ethiopia starts on the 11th September and a day later in a leap year.

    *Founded in 980 B.C., Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in the world.

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