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Bahir Dar University

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Description of Bahir Dar University

  • Established: 1954
  • Location: Bahr Dar, Amhar, Ethiopia
  • Number of students: 52,000
  • Language of instruction: Amharic, English
  • Type: state.

Bahr Dar University was founded in 1954 as a polytechnic college. In 2001, the college received the status of a higher educational institution. The slogan of the university is “Wisdom at the origins of the deep Nile.”

The educational institution is one of the ten largest universities in Ethiopia. Today, 52,000 students are educated here, there are 69 bachelor's specialties, 118 master's and 32 doctoral programs.

Bahr-Dar University has strong partnerships with the best foreign universities: Hamburg University (Germany), Confucius Institute (China), Kentucky State University (USA), Linnaeus University (Sweden), etc.

Extensive scientific work is being carried out by the students and the teaching staff - more than 1700 scientific articles have been published in the last year alone.

Famous university graduates include:

  • K.Bej - space scientist
  • Sume Mesfin - Ethiopian politician
  • Megers Lemma - Ethiopian politician
  • Gelet Gelan is the founder of the Ethiopian Adult Education Movement.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Bahir Dar University

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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

Bahr Dar University students are provided with a dormitory on campus. The cost depends on the placement option: for 2 or 4-seater accommodation, the cost is about $ 700 per month, single accommodation will cost about $ 1000 per month.


  • Bahr Dar University consists of five colleges, four institutes, seven faculties, two academies and a school
  • Bahr Dar University aims to become one of ten leading research universities in Africa by 2025
  • The University is among the ten largest higher educational institutions of Ethiopia
  • Large selection of specialties in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs
  • The university leadership welcomes and strongly supports scientific and research activities among students.

Facilities and equipment at Bahir Dar University

The campus is located in Bahr Dar - the main tourist city of Ethiopia: it attracts tourists with clean lakes in the delta of the ancient Nile, ancient monasteries, clean waterfalls. The campus is located in a new area of the city, surrounded by new buildings.

Particular attention is paid to sports education of students. Bahr Dar University has a football field with a total capacity of 15,000 people - sometimes athletics and non-sports university events are held here.

On the basis of the university there are:

  • Research Institute of Biotechnology
  • Blue Nile Institute
  • Center for Energy Research
  • Institute of Pedagogical Research
  • Textile and Clothing Research Center
  • Research Laboratory of Geology of Space and Radar
  • Center for Enterprise Development and Incubation
  • Institute for Demographic Research.

All university structures are provided with the latest equipment and computer technology.

An extensive university library, which is equipped with an electronic catalog for convenience, helps to achieve goals and solve the problems of teaching students.

Admission dates and extra charges

The academic year at the University of Bahir Dar begins in September, but there is a small list of doctoral programs that can be started at year-round.

Additional costs include:

  • Payment for accommodation and meals
  • Internet access.

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

In order to become a student at the University of Bahr Dar, an applicant must provide:

  • Valid visa
  • Certificate of general secondary education or equivalent
  • Certificate of language proficiency.

In addition, it is necessary to pass internal exams depending on the chosen specialty.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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