Applications for the coming academic year must be received no later than July 1 with all documentation. The academic year for SBCE begins the 4th week of August with the first semester finishing in December before Christmas. New students must take an English exam and attend an orientation in August before the beginning of the school year. One course is normally offered in January based upon student need and interest. Second semester begins the last week of January and finishes by the end of May. Rainy Season courses are offered (June to August) in an 8 week format but not a full schedule. All Ethiopian national holidays are observed.