Do you want to study outside your home country and you have a very low budget? Ethiopia might just be your dream study destination. This article would give you an insight into the reasons why you should study in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is the 2nd most populated country in the African continent (after Nigeria), the most populous landlocked country in the world, and the 12th most populous country in the world.
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Located in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia has an estimated population of 109 million people (2019, Wikipedia). This landlocked country shares borders with Djibouti to the northeast, Eritrea to the north, Somalia to the east, Kenya to the South, South Sudan to the west, and Sudan to the northwest.
The capital of Ethiopia is called Addis Ababa and it also happens to be the largest city in the country. The Birr (ETB) currency is used as the main currency in the country.
The official languages used in Ethiopia include Afar, Amharic, English, Oromo, Somali, Tigrinya, while the Harari and Sidama languages are referred to as regional languages.
The elementary educational school system used in Ethiopia consists of eight years of elementary education (divided into cycles of four years) and four years of secondary education divided into two stages of two years (4+4+2+2). Education is technically compulsory for all children until grade eight. When students are done with their grade 10, they must sit for the nationwide external Ethiopian General School Leaving Certificate Examination (EGSLCE) – a multiple-choice test federally administered by the National Education Assessment and Examination Agency.
Students who pass can now proceed to continue with the university-preparatory upper-secondary tract or even enroll in vocational programmes. At the university-preparatory education level (grades 11 and 12) which lasts for two years, students are to choose between a natural science track or a social science track.
Why You Should Study in Ethiopia?
1. Rich and friendly culture, religion: Ethiopia is a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic country with a very beautiful and rich culture. Nearly half of the population belongs to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church but there is also a large Muslim population. Others adhere to an ancient form of Judaism.
The Ethiopian locals are also known to be very welcoming people to visitors and international students are not left out.
2. Beautiful Landscapes: Ethiopia offers some of the most extraordinary landscapes anywhere in Africa. From the jagged peaks of the Simien Mountains, the Kaleidoscopic acid springs of the Danakil Depress, or the thick afro-alpine forests of the Bale Mountains.
There are a lot of beautiful, natural, and wonder spots, recreational activities, and parks where you can chill out after a hectic lecture day.
3. Wide Varieties and Internationally Recognized Courses: Aspiring students who intend to study in Ethiopia would have a lot of courses to make a pick from.
Courses offered in Ethiopian tertiary institutions have gained a lot of international recognition over the years.
4. Safe and Creative Environment: When compared to other African countries, Ethiopia is indeed a very safe country. The rate of serious or violent crime is remarkably low.
The rate for petty crime drops still further. A simple tip for visitors; always look as if you know where you’re going.
5. Standard and Quality Educational System: Ethiopia is known to maintain a standard educational system with well-trained, competent, and qualified teachers.
The standards of learning in Ethiopia has international recognition.
6. Easy Visa Application: Unlike advance and developed countries, acquiring a visa to Ethiopia is quite easy.
7. Affordable Tuition: The cost of education in Ethiopia is quite affordable. For example, the average tuition for an undergraduate degree at the Addis Ababa University for an international student is $186 (depending on your course, while for a postgraduate student is $6,640.