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.

Finalist Interviews

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.

June 1st 2020

Applications open!

August 31st 2020

First application deadline (Early Decision 1)

October 31st 2020

Second application deadline (Early Decision 2)

September - October 2020

Rolling reviews and Early Decision 1 finalist interviews. Applicants will receive final decisions by October 31st, 2020

November 1st, 2020 - December 18th, 2020: Regular Decision Applications

November 2020 - December 2020

Rolling reviews and Early Decision 2 finalist interviews. Applicants will receive final decisions latest January 15th, 2021

February 2021 - March 2021

Regular decision finalist interviews

April 30th 2021

All finalists will be notified of their admissions status. All admitted students will be contacted by email and phone

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.