Selection Process

First Round

ALA’s selection process is extremely competitive. The Academy receives several thousand applications from a diverse array of African countries each year. These applicants come from a wide range of social, economic, cultural & educational backgrounds. The application includes short questions and essays and must be submitted with academic transcripts. Please check the admissions timeline below to confirm the appropriate application deadline for you.

Final Round

At this stage approximately 400 finalists are selected to attend Finalist events held across the continent. At these events, finalists write entrance exams, participate in group activities & are interviewed one-on-one by the ALA Admissions team. Finalists are also required to submit teacher recommendations.


The hardest part of the selection process: the Academy is only able to select 120 students from the pool of extraordinary finalists to attend the Academy. All finalists will be notified of their admissions status by mid- April.

Student Application Timeline

May 1st 2018

Applications open!

August 31st 2018

First application deadline (early decision)

October 31st 2017

Second application deadline (early decision)

September - October 2018

Rolling reviews and early decision finalists interviews. All early decision applicants will be interviewed by December 31st.

November 1st, 2018 - January 11th, 2019 regular decision applications

September - October 2018

Early decision applicants will receive notification of admissions status.

Regular decision applicants notified of their first round status.

Regular decision applicants selected as finalists will be invited to interview with the Admissions team.

 April 30th 2019

All finalists will be notified of their admissions status. Candidates who apply through our online portal will be able to check their application status online.

Financial aid awards will be made by end of May.

ALA Admissions Non-Discrimination Policy

The Academy is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities. The Academy’s policy in respect to admissions is consistent with African Leadership Academy’s policy on non-discrimination. As such, in accordance with our value of diversity and in compliance with South African law, ALA does not discriminate on the basis of gender (identity or expression), race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity (or tribal affiliation), wealth or income.

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