Short Term Programs :

Engineering for Developing Communities (EDC) – Opportunity in Ethiopia 2019

Program  Dates: July 21th to August 14th,  2019

Application due by February 1st, 2019

Location: Mekelle, Ethiopia

*Parts of the course will be in Mekelle University and parts in the villages with the local communities. 

Technion’s Engineering for Developing Communities, in its seventh year, is a 4 week long program designed for open-minded students studying engineering, science, architecture, medicine, economics and any other fields relevant to sustainable development, with a 80/3.0 GPA or higher.

EDC is a great opportunity to learn how to apply your academic knowledge in a real-world environment, all while having a fun, creative, out-of-the-box learning experience!


The course will have participants from Technion, Ethiopia, and diverse universities around the world.

  • Watch a video about the first EDC course in 2010 here.
  • Hear more about the program and the reasoning behind it from Prof. Mark Talesnick, the head of the program in his TEDxHiriya Talk.
  • Take a look at the blog created by students describing their experience in Kathmandu, Nepal 2013 here, watch the movie on youtube, and join us on Facebook.
  • Hear what two students from EDC 2017 had to say about the experience here.

The Engineering for Developing Communities program provides a hands-on, life learning experience enabling students to apply fundamental and theoretical knowledge to real-world situations. The program challenges students to approach problems with innovative thinking and provides them with multi-disciplinary tools to address a wide range of engineering and development challenges.

The program introduces students to appropriate technology and techniques that can be applied to both rural developing communities setting as well as to larger engineering and environmental projects in developed countries. By learning and working as part of a team, students will hone their skills and knowledge in a variety of subjects and gain practical field experience which they can directly apply to programs and coursework back at their home universities and bring projects and ideas to life for the benefit of the overall good.


Course Topics

  • Sustainability: UN sustainable development goals; consumerism; population limit; appropriate technologies; sustainable engineering; firstsecondthird sectors
  • Social Processes: community; human development; group work; cross-cultural and interdisciplinary communication skills; language gaps and translation skills; transformative learning approach; leadership types; personal contribution to society.
  • The role of engineering, engineers and academia in Society; open ended problems; systems approach.
  • Integration of Engineering, Design and Appropriate Technologies to address rural challenges
  • Project Design: community appraisal; holistic project design; participatory approach; sustainable capacity building; Community Development with emphasize on rural Environments
  • Local culture, history, geography, politic etc. And development process in Africa
  • Developing World: processes in developing countries; aid; gender, economics, energy, safe water, health, education.

Teaching Methods

  • Lectures
  • Group work
  • Social activities, site visits
  • Cultural and language studies
  • A full week of the course will be spent in rural Ethiopia, where students will experience village life, and practice community appraisal.

Academic Credits

Technion academic credits (3.5 points) will be awarded to students upon successful completion of the 4-week program. A student’s home university may accept these credits according to their own academic scales and evaluation.

Time Schedule

Dates: July 21th to August 14th,  2019

Course activities will include:

  1. University segment: activities on campus and sites in the area.
  2. Field segment: 6-8 full days in the field working within a rural village community, including one weekend.
  3. Weekend Excursion: Guided tour to popular sites, outing, and cultural activities.
  4. Free time: During the university segment there will be some afternoons off, and one weekend off.


The course will consist of a diverse staff from Technion, Ethiopia, and international staff experts in community development.

The Engineering for Developing Communities program is designed for open-minded students studying engineering, science, architecture, medicine, economics and any other fields relevant to sustainable development, with a 80/3.0 GPA or higher.


To begin your application fill the online form click  Apply Now

Then send by email the following: 

  • Academic record, supplied through a transcript (original or approved copies).
  • Personal letter explaining your motivation to participate in the program (up to 1 page).
  • Academic status and Letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic supervisor. Make sure to write in the subject of the email your full name.
  • CV (Resume).
  • A passport sized photo.

Applications are due by February 1th


*Make sure to write in the subject of the email your full name + EDC Application Int.

English Proficiency

Since this academic program is taught entirely in English, applicants are required to demonstrate their English proficiency before their enrollment. Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language will be required to undergo an interview in English.

Admission decisions will be based on a close evaluation of each application on a case-by-case basis. Qualified candidates will be invited to a Skype interview.


Program Cost: $4,500(USD)

The cost includes: Tuition, Accommodation, Most meals, and all course activities.

Candidates can apply for partial financial support which will be considered based on need and the availability of funding.

The cost does not include: Flights to and from Ethiopia, visa requirement, insurance, vaccinations and personal expenses during free time.

*Prices are subject to change due to Technion decision, fluctuations in market prices and currency exchange rates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who can apply to the program?

Any undergraduate/graduate student who meets the academic requirements may apply to the Engineering for Developing Communities summer program. We accept not only engineering students but all eligible candidates who are interested in the course topics (mainly sustainable development) and are studying any other field.

2. What and to whom do I need to submit my application?

In order to apply to the program you need to send: CV, Personal letter explaining your motivation to participate in the program (up to 1 page), Photo, Academic status and Letter of recommendation to Make sure to write in the subject line of the email your full name + EDC Application Int

Fill the online form:

3. What is the minimum required grade point average for submitting an application?

The minimum required grade point average is 80/3.0 and above.

4. What is the deadline for submitting an application?

The deadline for submitting an application is February 1th, 2019. Please note that there are a limited number of scholarships available. We will not be able to award scholarships after this limit has been reached.

5. Where will I live?

All students and staff are housed in a local hotel or at university dorms. During the field segment, students and staff will stay in accommodations at the local village community center or homestay. Please expect that housing and meals will be simple.

6. What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the program is $4,500. It includes your tuition. housing and all program activities. The program costs do not include airfare, visa, health insurance, vaccinations and personal expenses.

7.  Will I have free time during the course?

During the course students will be given some free time.

8. How do I submit a recommendation letter?

An original copy of your recommendation letter must be sent directly from the evaluator to

9. I am a graduate student, do I need to also send my undergraduate transcripts with my application?

No, you only need to send us your most recent transcripts (from graduate school). We will notify you should we require a copy of your undergraduate transcripts.