Ethiopia | International Credentials Equivalencies

Minimum GPA
3/4 or 85%
Instruction Languages
Bachelors Equiv.
Bachelor`s, requiring 4 years of study
Masters Equiv.
Grad Sample
First Degree Sample
Grading System

*Systems may vary, but the Alpha Scale is most commonly used

A 90-100 Excellent 4
B 80-89 Good 3
C 70-79 Average 2
D 60-69 Satisfactory 1
F 0-59 Fail 0

Recognized Universities

Addis Ababa University
Alemaya University of Agriculture
Bahir Dar University
Jimma University
Mekelle University

Notes for Ethiopia

* In undergrad programs, a pass/fail level is considered to be a “C”. In the graduate level, the pass/fail level is “B”. When the percentage grading system is used, 60% is considered the pass/fail level.

The Ethiopian Calendar (EC) runs 7 to 8 years behind the Gregorian Calendar (AD or GC) with the Ethiopian year beginning on 11 September in the Gregorian (Western) Calendar. For example, 1997 AD is 1989 or 1990 EC (depending on the time of year). It is not uncommon for documents such as transcripts to use the Ethiopian Calendar, identified by the letters `EC`.

The academic year in Ethiopian postsecondary and higher education institutions runs from September to June or July over two semesters. The mid-semester break is in January.

Postgraduate education
Addis Ababa University offers most of the postgraduate programs available in Ethiopia.

Last modified: June 13, 2019