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International Field Study Program - Ethiopia

Program Highlights


July 18- August 16, 2015 (approx)


OSU Sponsored




Addis Ababa

Host University

Addis Ababa University and University of Gondar

Academic Credit

Agricultural Communication

Application Deadline

February 15, 2015
Term: 1154


2.5 Cumulative GPA

Program Costs

Ohio State Tuition + $1465 (See "Program Costs" Section for details)

Contact Information

Kelly Newlon (.7)

Resident Directors

Laura Joseph, Assistant Director, Center for African Studies


Ethiopia's historical legacy, with its ancient empires, unique literary and cultural tradition, and successful resistance to European colonial rule, is a fascinating one which continues to shape the country's present-day developments. In its transition over the last fifty years from monarchy through socialist revolution to the present hybrid regime, Ethiopia and its people have grappled with ways to improve health, education and food security, and to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship.

The four week program will immerse students in the history and culture of Ethiopia, as well as engaging them in a two week field study focused on one of four areas: (a) agriculture, food, and environment, (b) health, nutrition, and education, (c ) business, marketing, and entrepreneurship, and (d) engineering and technological innovation with the Universities of Addis Ababa and Gondar, in Northwest Ethiopia, in partnership with the Universities of Addis Ababa and Gondar. In addition to the field study, the program will include lectures by university faculty, excursions to historical and cultural sites, as well as visits to schools, markets and to governmental and non-governmental developmental organizations.


Addis Ababa University (AAU) and the University of Gondar (UoG) in Ethiopia are the host institutions for the students. UoG, located in Amhara Providince, is 450 miles North West of Addis Ababa, the capital city.

Courses and Credits

Admitted participants are required to register in 3 hours of AGRCOMM 5797 for May session.

AGRCOMM 5150: Communication Strategies for Change and Development which is a 3 credit hour course and offered during spring semester is recommended.


Guest house facilities close to the partner universities in Addis Ababa and Gondar will be available to students, as well as transportation to lectures, internship sites and other site visits.

Program Costs

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a program fee $1465. The program fee includes housing, transportation in country, supervision during field study experiences, and tour admissions. It does not cover international airfare, baggage fees (if applicable), meals and personal expenses such as your passport.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.

Application Information

Applicants must submit the Office of International Affairs Study Abroad Application online via Buckeye Link. Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed to your Statement of Account. The application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted or submit a written request to withdraw your application prior to the application deadline.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Special Petition Process

In the event that a U.S. Department of State travel warning is issued for this country, study abroad will be possible only by special petition.* If a travel warning exists at the time of acceptance, the petition must be included as part of the program acceptance materials. If a travel warning is issued after acceptance to the program, participants will be asked by their Office of International Affairs study abroad coordinator to submit a petition at that time. All petitions are reviewed by the International Travel Policy Committee and subject to approval by the Provost.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program students must have a 2.5 GPA, participate in an interview and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.

Ohio State Funding Opportunities: oia.osu.edu
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country specific information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)
University of Gondar: uog.edu.et
Addis Ababa University: aau.edu.et
International Field Study Program - Ethiopia: go.osu.edu/EthiopiaFieldStudy

Contact Us
Information about Getting Started sessions and study abroad coordinator advising hours can be viewed at http://oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.html. Questions about study abroad programs can be directed to abroadadvisor@osu.edu. The Office of International Affairs is located in Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue.

*Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this handout, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. The Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program for which a State Department travel warning is in effect. It is the policy of Ohio State not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in matters of admission, employment, housing, or services in the educational programs which it administers in accordance with civil rights legislation.