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Addis Ababa University

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Description of Addis Ababa University

  • Established: 1950
  • Type: State Higher Educational and Scientific Research Institution
  • Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Number of students: 47,610
  • Language of instruction: English.

Since its inception in 1950, Addis Ababa University (AAU) has been a leading center in education and research and is the largest and oldest institution of higher learning in Ethiopia. The university implements 70 undergraduate programs and 293 master's programs, which study 47,610 students and work 8,709 specialists. According to international rankings, Addis Ababa University is the best educational institution in Ethiopia.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Addis Ababa University

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All year round
from 150.00 $ / semester
from 150.00 $ / semester
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 100.00 $ / semester
from 100.00 $ / semester
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

The hostel for students at Addis Ababa University is provided according to the priorities established by the university policy: students with disabilities are ranked 1, 2 and 3 female and male students from outside Addis Ababa are priority. Priorities 4-8 are used when there are places in the hostel and are designed for students from the suburbs, needy and anyone who wants, depending on the remoteness of their permanent place of residence. Each student is issued a nutrition card, updated every semester.


  • Addis Ababa University is part of the Association of African Universities (AAU) network
  • Opportunity to get higher education remotely
  • The ability to combine undergraduate studies with work (In-Service Undergraduate).

Facilities and equipment at Addis Ababa University

The main AAU building is located in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

The infrastructure of the educational institution includes its own library, Addis Ababa University Press (AAUP) and two educational hospitals: Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (TASH), located at the College of Medical Sciences, and Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), located on the Debrae Zait campus.

Admission dates and extra charges

The AAU academic year consists of two semesters of 16 weeks each. Training begins in September and ends in June. The summer semester begins on July 1 and ends on September 7.

For medical programs, annual courses can be used instead of semester ones.

Additional expenses:

  • Registration fee: undergraduate 100 $, graduate 20 $ -40 $
  • Entrance fee: undergraduate 40 $, master 150 $
  • Scientific guidance (master) 500 $ -1000 $
  • Examination of a thesis (master's program) 200 $ -500 $
  • Payment for studies (master's program) 1000 $ -5000 $.

The average cost of living in Addis Ababa ranges from $ 711 to $ 1,015 / month.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

For undergraduate programs, admission is carried out:

  • through the Ministry of Education
  • Based on the results of the Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Exam (EHEECE)
  • based on a separate entrance exam for specialized programs (music, art and design, theater, etc.)
  • University registrar in conjunction with relevant academic units and by decision of the Standing Committee (AEC).

The results of foreign exams must be certified by the Ministry of Education for their EHEECE equivalence.

For distance learning programs, applicants are accepted that meet one of the following criteria:

  • availability of a certificate of completion of preparatory high school
  • technical and vocational education and training (TVET - 10 + 3 and 10 + 4)
  • Certificate of Conformity COC Level 3 and above
  • Successfully completed a degree program at any level (BSc / BA / MSc / MA / PhD).

Admission to distance learning programs is carried out on a competitive basis, and the decision is made by the selection committee and the Standing Committee (AEC).

Admission to the correspondence bachelor's program is carried out through the Ministry of Education. This program is more accessible to teachers working in the Ministry and having the right to further training.

To enter the master's program you must:

  • fulfill the acceptance requirements of the curriculum of a specific program
  • pass the entrance exam in accordance with the curriculum of a specific program
  • prepare an official transcript from the institution where the degree is obtained
  • provide the original and a copy of the diploma
  • correctly fill out the application form
  • submit a document confirming the payment of the required fee.

For admission to foreign citizens it is necessary:

  • letter from the Agency for the Relevance and Quality of Higher Education (HERQA) for the certification of education documents
  • two copies of education certificates
  • two passport size photographs
  • a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia or from the embassy of the country of the applicant in Ethiopia, indicating the reason for staying in the country
  • pay the entry fee.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

Review about Addis Ababa University

Daniel Aniekan
Do you have a department for maritime studies?
This university does not have this department.
Ayoleyi Joy
Please how do I contact the school guidance unit on what to do concerning admission into the college of medicine. I want to be a medical doctor. I already have a degree in Microbiology, and I'm a Nigerian
Smapse Manager
Please find all the contact information here
Abdullahi Mohammed Kani
Good day ladies and gentlemen I'm Mr Abdullahi Mohammed Kani from Nigeria, Nasarawa state, lafia local government.i'm Happy to meet with the Addis Ababa University ethopia. thanks.
Manager Smapse
Thank you very much for sharing your experience! Regards, Smapse Education
Daria Zlatorunskaia
Good afternoon. You better contact the school directly.
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- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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