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  • Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UMass Boston/Dartmouth/Lowell applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Boston Students Language of Instruction: English
Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior Housing Options: Other
Areas of Study: Accounting/Finance, African Studies, Agriculture, Arabic Studies, Archaeology, Architecture, Art/Fine Arts, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science/Computer Engineering, Culture, Earth Science, Economics, Education, English, Exercise Science, Film Studies, Geography, Health Sciences/Public Health, Law, Linguistics, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Math/Statistics, Peace/Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology/Anthropology, Visual Design, Women's/Gender Studies Program Category: Internship abroad, Service Learning, Study abroad
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:

** If you would like to apply to this university, you must first schedule an advising appointment by emailing
UMass Boston   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Addis Ababa University

  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Addis

Ethiopia Travel Warning: LAST UPDATED: JUNE 13, 2017
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Ethiopia due to the potential for civil unrest and arbitrary detention since a state of emergency was imposed in October 2016. The Government of Ethiopia extended the state of emergency on March 15, 2017, and there continue to be reports of unrest, particularly in Gondar and Bahir Dar in Amhara State. This replaces the Travel Warning of December 6, 2016. 

The Government of Ethiopia routinely restricts or shuts downs internet, cellular data, and phone services, impeding the U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with U.S. citizens in Ethiopia and limiting the Embassy’s ability to provide consular services. Additionally, the Government of Ethiopia does not inform the U.S. Embassy of detentions or arrests of U.S. citizens in Ethiopia.

Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings, continuously assess your surroundings, and evaluate your personal level of safety. Remember that the government may use force and live fire in response to demonstrations, and that even gatherings intended to be peaceful can be met with a violent response or turn violent without warning. U.S. citizens in Ethiopia should monitor their security situation and have contingency plans in place in case you need to depart suddenly.

Given the state of emergency and the unpredictable security situation, U.S. citizens in Ethiopia should have alternate communication plans in place, and let family and friends know that communication may be limited while you are in Ethiopia. The Department of State strongly advises U.S. citizens to register your mobile number with the U.S. Embassy to receive security information via text or SMS, in addition to enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

Addis Ababa University (AAU) is the oldest and largest higher learning and research institution in Ethiopia with 14 campuses, 70 undergraduate and 293 graduate programs. There are currently more than 48,673 students studying at the university (33,940 undergraduate, 13,000 graduate, and 1,733 PhD students). AAU is located in the capital on a subtropical plateau surrounded by hills and mountains in the geographic center of the country. Often referred to as "the political center of Africa," the city boasts a clustering of numerous international and African organizations.

Agostinha Depina, a student who studied at AAU in the Fall of 2015 had to say this about her time at AAU: "I will definitely recommend this trip to anyone! This experience was a life changing experience. I became more passionate about working with students and improving access to education." To read the full report click here

AAU houses 10 colleges, 12 research and teaching institutes, and 12 professional schools in a wide range of disciplines. The language of instruction is English. Students can take courses in the colleges of Humanities, Language Studies, Journalism, & CommunicationBusiness & EconomicsSocial SciencesNatural SciencesHealth Sciences; Development Studies; Education & Behavioral Studies, Performing & Visual Arts; and the AAU Institute of Technology. AAU houses an Ethnographic Museum and National Herbarium where large and unique collections of artifacts and endemic plants are stored and displayed. Please scroll down to "Course Transfers Reference Table" to see how courses from Addis Ababa transferred to UMB. 

Students must study full time at the home and host Institutions. With the completion of the Request for Prior Approval of Transfer Credit of Study Abroad Programs form, your credits (not grades) will transfer towards your degree at UMass Boston. This form can be obtained from the Study Abroad office.

Fall semester: October - January
Spring semester: February - June

Undergraduate and graduate students who have currently completed at least one year of full-time study with the most recent semester completed at UMass Boston are eligible. Students must be in good academic standing (at least 2.75 GPA) with no disciplinary problems. No language requirement is necessary. Nominated students must complete the AAU application.

Umass Boston’s Reciprocal Exchange programs are based off reciprocity with partner institutions, meaning exchange slots are limited and vary by semester. Please check with the Office of Global Programs in advance for additional information. 

See Budget sheet.

Please note, the Office of Global Programs use estimated price values for our Umass Boston Reciprocal Exchange’ budget sheets. Actual prices may vary, please contact your program provider for more details. 

Do you receive any financial aid, such as scholarships or grants to fund your education? Find out if your financial aid will apply towards studying abroad using the following Financial Aid Guide here

The Financial Aid Guide provides lots of information. However, prior to applying it is advised to contact Financial Aid services for financial aid inquiries and concerns. Link to Financial Aid services website:

On campus dormitories are available.

Addis Ababa University Student   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

You are responsible for obtaining the correct visa before you travel. 

All visitors to Ethiopia are required to obtain a visa prior to arrival. 

Some visas can take several weeks to obtain. Make sure you understand the requirements for your specific visa. Check where the consulate is for your study abroad country. This is where you will need to submit your visa application documents.  Please see the embassy website for more details. 

Download: Ethiopia Country Information and Visas.pdf  

Course Transfers Reference Table:
Course # abroad Course Title Credits abroad Course Transfer # Course Transfer Title Credits Transferred to UMB
PWJR3351 Advanced Feature Writing and Editorial 3     3
COMM3061 Advertising and Social Marketing 1.6     1.6
COMM3051 Introduction to Public Relation 3     3
JOUR3111 Media Management 3     3
PWJR2231 Reporting & Writing for online media 3 ENGL 307 Journalism and Media Writing 3
PWJR2241 Web Design for newspapers and magazine 1.6     1.6


Pre-decision Phase Instructions: 
This is a UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange Program. There are two separate applications. First, students apply to the program by completing this online UMass Boston application. If eligible to study abroad, the UMass Boston Study Abroad Office nominates the student to the university abroad. The student is then informed with a letter or an email about next steps to complete the university's abroad application (online or hard copy forms). Please click here for application instructions
Post-decision Phase Instructions: 
The final decision to accept a student is made by the university abroad and the student will be emailed. Once accepted by the university abroad, UMass Boston students must complete all the requirements indicated by the university abroad, in addition to completing all forms and submitting all the post-acceptance documents to UMass Boston Study Abroad Office. Please click here for forms to download. 

Study Abroad Contact Consent.pdf
Disciplinary Clearance Form.pdf
Program Agreement Release Form.pdf
Request for Prior Approval of Transfer Credits Form Spring 2019.pdf
Mandatory Travel Departure Interview.pdf
Study abroad waiver for parents-guardians.pdf