African Leadership Academy (ALA) 2020 for Young Leaders across Africa (Two-Year Pre-University Program)- financial assistance available.


African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of over 6,000 leaderswho will work together to address Africa’s greatest challenges, achieve extraordinary social impact, and accelerate the continent’s growth trajectory.

The academic program at ALA combines an international faculty and unique instructional methods to create a strong student-centered learning experience. Our core courses of Entrepreneurial Leadership, African Studies and Writing and Rhetoric empower young leaders with the knowledge and skills required for complex problem-solving; in addition, students may select from a set of externally and internally designed courses in the Humanities,Sciences, Languages and Creative Arts. Externally designed programs include a variety of Cambridge Advanced International Examination (CAIE) AS and A-Level courses.

SAT Tutoring:

Students at the Academy have access to a tutoring program at the Academy in preparation for the SAT exams, which are also written at ALA three times each year.

University Guidance:

Every student has access to in-house university guidance and support in submitting applications to universities across the world.Guest Speaker Program: The Academy offers a robust guest speaker program, creating platforms for students to learn fromleading experts in Academy-wide Distinguished

Guest Speaker series and thematic

Executive Seminars.

External Opportunities: Students are afforded the opportunity to participate at a range of conferences, symposiums and competitions in several countries across the world each year.

Each year, more than 2,000 young leaders from across Africa apply to study at African Leadership Academy.Through a rigorous selection process, we are able to admit up to 130 students into each class.

Here are a few things that our admissions departmentmight look out for in a prospective candidate:

To apply, visit to learn more about the application criteria in detail,download a copy of the Academy’s prospectus andapplication guide, learn about the application deadlines,find out about fees and financial assistance, and watch a video featuring our Dean.

Applications may be submitted in a variety of ways; either through our online application portal, or by email [email protected], by expresspost (DHL) or by hand delivery.

Leadership potential

Entrepreneurial spirit

Academic achievement
Commitment to service
Passion for Africa

Applicants to the Academy must be betweenthe ages of 15-18, and must have completed aminimum of Grade 10 or its equivalent in their home country. Should you have any questions about the applicationprocess, you may contact us through the details below: Email: [email protected] Tel: +27 11 699 3000 Whatsapp: +27 78 422 9509



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.

ALA 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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Sports are a fundamental part of student life at ALA,and every student is expected to participate in either competitive or recreational sports during their time atthe Academy. The available sporting options include:


STUDENT LEADERSHIP ALA is a fully-residential academy, and our students live inultra-modern dormitories on the campus.

There are six (6)male dormitories and six (6) female dormitories, eachmanaged by a hall master/mistress, with the support of a student Residential Assistant.

The all-inclusive cost of $30,900 per annum to attend ALA includes:

  • All-inclusive for fees for a full year covering tuition, accommodation, sports, activities, meals and uniforms.
  • Full access to ALA’s campus facilities including entertainment areas, sports fields, high-speed fibre internet, biometric security control.
  • There is proactive health and wellness care, including private medical insurance for every student.
  • The Explore Johannesburg program, which gets students out and about in our world-class African city, attending cultural and entertainment events.
  • Access to our exclusive and globally renowned University Guidance and “next steps” team, who will advise ALA families on tertiary study, gap year and other options.
  • Exclusive access to the Africa Careers Network, a team at ALA dedicated to finding and securing employment for ALA graduates across the continent with top employers.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the African Leadership Academy (ALA) 2020



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