Selection Process

ALA’s application and selection process is very rigorous to ensure that we select the most outstanding students from across Africa with the potential to drive change.

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.

Selection

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

September

Applications open!

October

Deadline for early decision applications

October - November

Finalist events for early decision applicants

December

Deadline for regular decision applications

January - March

 

Early decision applicants will receive final admissions decisions.

All regular decision candidates notified of their first round status. Those selected as finalists will be invited to interview with the Admissions team.

April - May

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 April.

Enrollment finalization deadline for accepted students.

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.