Admission Criteria

African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to enroll the most outstanding young leaders from across Africa and around the world. ALA is not only looking for young people who are smart and excel in the academic environment, we are looking for young people with the potential to lead and impact the world around them through their courage, initiative and innovation.

African Leadership Academy is unlike any other educational institution you will come across. At ALA we will challenge you to realize your academic and leadership potential. You will be encouraged to begin addressing the social, economic, and political issues facing Africa. You will be asked to think critically about your role in our changing world.

ALA seeks to enroll young people aged 15 to 18 based on the criteria below:

Intellectual Readiness | Interdependence | Ownership | Courage & Perseverance


The applicant is intellectually prepared to step into a rigorous environment which will require them to push the boundaries of their learning.


The applicant recognizes that transformation is the product of work with, and through, others.


The applicant ‘drives the bus’ in their leadership journey: they envision a destination and have the self-belief to take charge of their journey towards impact.


The applicant shows the motivation to take initiative and rigorously follow through on the opportunities that matter most to them.


We do not discriminate, and we are able to serve students from differing backgrounds and abilities who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential. 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. 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.