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  • Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
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Fact Sheet:
Credit Type: Resident Credit Program Type: Department-Led Program
SDSU Office: Arts and Letters
Program Description:
Alternative Spring Break 2018 in Ethiopia
Addis Ababa and Axum

Children in Ethiopia
March 21, 2017 (Depart from LAX at 11:45 PM)
Program End Date: April 4, 2017 (Arrive to LAX in morning)

The travel portion is embedded into the Spring 2018 Semester course at SDSU. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 15, 2017 (references and essay accepted through November 17 see below)
PAYMENT DEADLINE: January 12, 2018 
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST: $2,450 (plus tuition, see below)

All SDSU students are eligible to receive the OIP Study Abroad Scholarship ($500) 
Application required

This course will meet on campus during the spring semester travel to Ethiopia over break. While abroad, you will be placed on a team to work in communities performing short-term projects while learning about such issues as cultural, resistance to enslavement, poverty, gender issues, educational and cultural literacy, and resistance to colonialism in Ethiopia.  These experiences are designed to heighten social awareness and promote life-long social action. The focus of this course is also to highlight the historic significance of Ethiopia to Africana people worldwide.

Matriculated students must enroll in AFRAS 499 (3 unit) during the Spring 2018 semester.
Community members must enroll in AFRAS 499 (1 unit) through Open University (additional fee of $281).

Hotels (three star) 
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner while in Ethiopia

  • Community Service Projects
  • Visit to Addis Ababa University
  • Entoto Museum
  • Menelik’s First Palace
  • Menelik’s Mausoleum
  • Addis Ababa city tour
  • African Union
  • National Museum
  • Excursion to the ancient city of Axum
Dr. Adisa A. Alkebulan, Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies 
Office: AL 365
Phone: (619) 594-5174

Dr. Adisa A. Alkebulan has led Alternative Spring Break programs to South Africa and Ghana since 2003. He is a native of Cleveland, OH but also has strong roots in Philadelphia. He received his B.A. in Pan-African Studies from Kent State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Temple University. He has also done research in Africa and Europe on language and colonialism He is a major contributor to the Encyclopedia of Black Studies and the Encyclopedia of African Religions. His work appears in several disciplinary journals as well as in anthologies on rhetoric and Malcolm X. Dr. Alkebulan is an active scholar currently engaged in several research projects for publication and presents his research at conferences throughout the country.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $2,450 for matriculated students ($2,731 for community members)
  • Program Fee: $1,290
  • SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance Plan: $60 
  • Required Group Flight on Ethiopian Air: $1,050 (estimate, deposit due in December)
  • Visa: $50 
  • Tuition: SDSU and cross enrolled students pay regular semester fees to enroll in the class. Community members must enroll in AFRAS 499 (1 unit) through Open University and pay additional fee of $281 for the 1 unit course.

Payment Schedule
  • Group flight deposit: December TBA
  • Group flight balance: TBA
  • Program fee: January 12, 2018
  • Tuition (for community members) January 16, 2018 
  • Insurance: February 15, 2018 (billed through student account)

Included in the Program Fee 
  • SDSU resident credit 
  • Housing and all in-country meals
  • Activities as listed above
  • Transportation to group activities
  • Group airport pickup and drop off
  • SDSU SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance 
  • 24/7 onsite emergency services and support
Not included in the fee
  • Airfare
  • Tuition for community members
  • Visa/ passport fees
  • Personal expenses

Refund Policy
Program Fee Refund: non-refundable after January 12, 2018 
Withdrawals prior to January 12 are effective on the date that the SDSU Office of International Programs receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable:

Funding & Scholarship Information 
  • OIP Study Abroad Scholarship for Ethiopia -all SDSU students are eligible to receive $500
  • IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants- San Diego State is a Commitment Partner of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative and, as such, our students qualify for the IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants. This means YOU – yes YOU – could be eligible to receive $2,000 to support your study abroad travel costs! Visit the IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants website to learn more about the opportunity and program, including eligibility and deadlines/timeline. Submit your online application by October 17, 2017 for consideration of a Travel Grant to support your participation in a spring 2018 or summer 2018 study abroad program. Send questions to On the application please list Colleen Conniff <> as the SDSU financial aid contact.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. 
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory online pre-departure orientation as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.

The essay and reference forms must be submitted by November 17, 2017. The online application closes November 15. 
  • This online application
  • Two ASB Ethiopia Reference Forms (submitted by referee to Dr. Alkebulan as instructed on form)
  • ASB Ethiopia Essay (statement of purpose) (submitted by student to Dr. Alkebulan as instructed on form)

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.