Admissions to Higher Education Institutions

Admission to non university higher education studies
Name of secondary school credential required: Ethiopian General Leaving Certificate Examination
Admission to university-level studies
  • Name of secondary school credential required: Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination
  • Minimum score/requirement: Passes in 4 subjects at C-level
  • Other admission requirements: Special privileges for female students and students from disadvantaged/remote regions.
Foreign students admission
  • Definition of foreign student: A person enrolled at an institution of higher education in a country of which he/she is not permanently resident.
  • Quotas: The School of Information Studies for Africa (SISA) admits students from the Eastern and Southern African Region on a quota basis.
  • Admission requirements: Foreign students must provide the academic certificates required by the institution concerned. Foreign qualifications recognized as equivalent to the Ethiopian school-leaving certificate are: the General Certificate of Education of the University of London; the Cambridge Overseas Examination; the West African School Certificate and the Oxford Examination. The Higher Education Department may grant equivalence to other secondary school-leaving certificates in individual cases. All foreign students must cover their living expenses.
  • Entry regulations: Visas; financial guarantee. In addition, all foreign students, including ECOWAS citizens, are required to secure resident permits for the period of their stay.
  • Health requirements: Students must present a health certificate.
  • Language requirements: Students must be proficient in English at TOEFL level.
Application procedures
Apply to individual institution for entry to: University/College.
Others, apply to:
Ministry of Education
PO Box 1367
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia
Tel: +251(1) 553 133/ 560 063
Fax: +251(1) 565 565

Application closing dates:
For university level studies: 1 Jul
For advanced/doctoral studies: 1 Jul
Recognition of studies & qualifications
  • Studies pursued in home country (System of recognition/accreditation): The University Senate awards credentials which are recognized by the country. The Ministry of Education is mandated to accredit private and public higher education institutions according to whether they fulfill the required standards.
  • Studies pursued in foreign countries (bodies dealing with recognition of foreign credentials): Higher Education Sector, Ministry of Education
    Head: Dr Kaba Urgesa, State Minister for Higher Education
    PO Box 1367
    Addis Ababa
    Ethiopia
    Tel: +251(1) 553 133/ 560 063
    Fax: +251(1) 550 877/ 550 299
    Deals with credential recognition for entry to: University and Profession
Special provisions for recognition
  • For access to non-university post-secondary studies: It applies to nationals.
  • For access to university level studies: It applies to nationals who wish to enter medical schools
  • References to further information on foreign student admissions and recognition of studies
    Title: Higher Education in Ethiopia: Facts and Figures 2001/2002
    Author: Ministry of Education