Ethiopia - Country Commercial Guide
Education

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country.  Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2021-01-14

 

Capital:  Addis Ababa

Population:  108,113,150 (July 2020 est.)

GDP:  $200.6 billion (2017 est., Purchasing Power Parity)

Currency:  Birr (ETB)

Language:  Oromo (official working language in the State of Oromiya) 33.8%, Amharic (official national language) 29.3%, Somali (official working language of the State of Sumale) 6.2%, Tigrigna (Tigrinya) (official working language of the State of Tigray) 5.9%, Sidamo 4%, Wolaytta 2.2%, Gurage 2%, Afar (official working language of the State of Afar) 1.7%, Hadiyya 1.7%, Gamo 1.5%, Gedeo 1.3%, Opuuo 1.2%, Kafa 1.1%, other 8.1%, English (major foreign language taught in schools), Arabic (2007 estimate)

UNESCO Student Mobility Number
Ethiopia has 7,578 students studying abroad according to UNESCO.

CIA World Factbook
59.28% of the Ethiopian population is under 24 years old.

OVERVIEW

There is significant growth of academic institutions in Ethiopia and high potential for students who want to study abroad.  Ethiopia is ranked fourth among Sub-Saharan Africa countries sending students to U.S universities.  Ethiopian students are most interested in science and technology fields, particularly engineering, computer science, and medicine.  This may be influenced by Ethiopia’s 2008 education policy, which dictates that 70 percent of all students pursue science and technology-related degrees, while 30 percent pursue the social sciences.  The U.S remains the number one destination for Ethiopian students.

U.S. Study Abroad Students in Ethiopia 2012-2018
U.S. Study Abroad Students in Ethiopia 2012-2018
U.S. Study Abroad Students in Ethiopia 2012-2018
U.S. Study Abroad Students in Ethiopia 2012-2018

SUB-SECTORS

Ethiopia chart showing students in the US by academic level
Ethiopia chart showing students in the US by academic level
Ethiopia Chart showing Students in the US by academic institution
Ethiopia Chart showing Students in the US by an academic institution

OPPORTUNITIES

Individuals’ economic growth is increasing, and it is desirable to send ones’ children to the U.S. for education.  Most families prefer community colleges because the lower tuition is more affordable. 

The existence of many international and private schools in Ethiopia helps recruitment efforts by U.S. higher education institutions.

There is an EducationUSA Advising Center in the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, which helps to assist U.S. higher education institutions in Ethiopia to create a platform for connecting with Ethiopian local students.  The U.S. Commercial Service can support with customized programs, such as Single School Promotions, Virtual Introductions, and the like, to meet with potential recruitment partners.

EVENTS

The Public Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy organizes education fairs.  Dates for 2021 fairs are not yet determined. 

RESOURCES

U.S. COMMERCIAL SERVICE CONTACT

Yemesrach Kassu, Commercial Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service – Ethiopia
Email:  Yemesrach.Kassu@trade.gov
Phone:  +251111306794