Civil Overview

Civil Engineering concerns the study of conception, design, construction and maintenance of large and private projects. Civil Engineers build and maintain bridges, highways, railways, tunnels, airports, dams, water treatment and distribution systems and large buildings, along with many other structures. Environmental considerations, such as water supply, pollution control and preservation of soil quality, are also a part of construction and the possible environmental consequences of the structure; the civil engineer’s experience is one that is essential to our present civilization and one that will become ever more valuable in the future.


Graduates of the program will:

  • Be knowledgeable of the historical context, the sate-of-the-art, and emerging issues in the field of civil engineering and its role in contemporary society;
  • Demonstrate critical reasoning and requisite quantitative skills to identify, formulate , and resolve civil engineering problems, and to create design that reflect economic, environmental, and social sensitivities;
  • Display a system view point, critical thinking, effective communication and interpersonal skills, a spirit of curiosity, and conduct reflecting a professional and ethical manner;
  • Exhibit a commitment to lifelong learning and professional activity and public service, and achievement of professional licensure;
  • Reflect a broad intellectual training for success in multidisciplinary professional practice, in civil engineering or diverse related careers, and toward achievement leadership roles in industry, government, and academic.


    a) Regular students who fulfill the following criteria are eligible for admission to the Department:

    •  Preparatory complete with a pass in the national examination

    •  Above average grades in Technical Drawing, Physics and Mathematics

    •  Good performance in the assessment semester.

    b) Students who complete 10+3 TVET programs related to Civil Engineering with very good performance and who have attended a bridging program in physical sciences can also be considered for admission, although their acceptance will depend on availability of space


     An academic year is specified in European calendar. It consists of two Semesters. One Semester comprises sixteen (16) weeks. One week means five working days, i.e., from Monday to Friday. The First semester commences in September of every year and ends in January whereas the second semester starts in February and ends in June of the same Academic Year. An Academic Semester encompasses the holiday and a semester vacation as well. The total duration of the program for the regular, evening (degree), evening (Advanced Diploma) will be 5, 7, and 4 years respectively.


    A student is required to take courses that will bring the total credit hours to 158. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required in all courses taken. In addition, a minimum grade point average of 2.00 is required in the core courses of the Department. Other requirements are same as those of Addis Ababa University graduation requirements.

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