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What is African Leadership Academy?


ALA is a world-class, pan-African leadership institution based in Johannesburg, South Africa. We aim to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of young leaders who will work together to address Africa’s greatest challenges, achieve extraordinary social impact, and accelerate Africa’s growth.


The Two-year Pre-University Diploma Program


The ALA Two Year Diploma Program shapes exceptional young leaders from across Africa. Our experiential learning model and internationally recognized A-level curriculum enables you to carve your own path and empower those around you.


Learn Where Leaders Learn


ALA combines world-class facilities and highly experienced international faculty to create a strong student-centered living and learning experience. Through our two-year Diploma Program, we employ the tools of critical inquiry, design thinking and experiential learning that empowers each student with the skills and mindsets required for transformative leadership.


Who should apply?


ALA is not only looking for young trailblazers on the continent between the ages of 15-18 who are smart and excel in the academic environment, we are looking for change makers with the potential to lead and impact the world around them through their courage, initiative and innovation.


You Are Eligible For A Scholarship


Everyone who applies and is then admitted to ALA, regardless of financial background or nationality, is eligible to receive significant financial assistance in the form of scholarships and loans towards studying at ALA and accessing membership to our lifelong network. The cost of tuition at ALA is USD $30,900 per year. Fees charged to a given student will be based on a family's financial means.


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Connecting You To Opportunities


The Academy is dedicated and committed to the long-term success of its students. Networks and opportunities enable young entrepreneurs and leaders to transform ideas to action. African Leadership Academy actively seeks to connect its students to opportunities throughout their lives, encouraging each young leader to establish meaningful connections that will enhance their personal, leadership and career growth.


A Diverse, Pan-African Campus Life


The ALA campus located on the outskirts of Johannesburg provides a tranquil environment ideal for learning and discovery. The campus is designed around a quad, with dormitories, classrooms, dining hall, auditorium and our science laboratories radiating from that center. Our world-class facilities serve to create a conducive home away-from-home for all our students and several members of faculty and staff.

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ALA Admissions
Tel: +27 11 699 3000


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.