A Life-Changing 10 Month Experience
Broaden Your Perspective
Live and interact on a daily basis with Africa’s most outstanding young leaders. Enrich your understanding of different customs, peoples, cultures, and languages. At ALA, you will build a powerful network of friends and leaders from across Africa and beyond.
Discover the history, diversity, and energy that is Africa by spending a term or year on campus in South Africa. From taking a course in African to visiting to the Cradle of Humankind, ALA will expose you to Africa in ways you never imagined.
Develop as a Leader
You will deeply engage in ALA’s world-class programs in leadership and entrepreneurship, developing innovative solutions to challenging problems – and leading others to implement these solutions.Click here to download an application!
Make a Transformative Impact
As part of their studies, Gap Year students give back to the communities around them.
One Gap Year student, Simone Henry, wanted to have a positive impact, so she put her ideas into action by kick-starting a community library project in the informal settlement of Zandspruit, a collection of shacks housing over 75,000 people on the outskirts of Johannesburg. The team she led established a true passion for reading and learning amongst the children of Zandspruit by improving the run-down library. Simone’s team catalogued the 900 existing books, trained a group of volunteer librarians, and redecorated to make the library an inviting space. Through speaking engagements in New York, Simone collected more than 2,500 books donated by American children eager to share their fervor for reading with South Africa’s youth.
This project is not only going strong, it was recently visited by Michelle Obama.
Learn from a World-Class Faculty
African Leadership Academy takes seriously its goal of delivering a personalized and world-class program to each and every student.
Our courses are always small – less than 16 students, with an average size of 12 – and we offer every course at a variety of levels to ensure that our students are appropriately challenged and prepared for university study.