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Deadline: 31 AUGUST 2020


The African Leadership Academy is a highly selective Cambridge A-level diploma program geared at students from across Africa who have the potential to catalyze positive change in their countries and the continent. During their time at ALA, students complete a unique curriculum that includes courses in Entrepreneurial Leadership, African Studies, Writing & Rhetoric, and graduate with Cambridge A-Levels qualification that is recognized by all universities across the world. ALA students are admitted to top universities around the world to pursue their degree studies, on scholarship, as well as receive opportunities and assistance for internships before they graduate.

ALA students routinely get scholarships to continue their studies in top universities globally on scholarships, through assistance from a robust and highly dedicated career counselling department. Others are continuing to pursue PhDs at prestigious institutions like Stanford University, Cornell University, Harvard University, and Cambridge University, or MBAs at Stanford, Harvard, and INSEAD, or MAs at Oxford, Yale, University of Copenhagen etc, many are transitioning into the world of work and starting to have impact in critical sectors such as consulting, finance, investment, education, IT, healthcare and banking.


1. 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.

2. University Guidance: Every student has access to in-house university guidance and support in submitting applications to universities across the world.

3. Guest Speaker Program: The Academy offers a robust guest speaker program, creating platforms for students to learn from leading experts in Academy-wide Distinguished Guest Speaker series, for example PResident Barack Obama, and thematic Executive Seminars with top CEOs and other leaders

4. 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.


ALA has a need-blind admission policy, which means eligible candidates who apply are admitted regardless of their financial background, and are eligible to receive significant financial assistance in the form of scholarships and loans to study towards ALA and membership to a lifelong network. The value of financial aid is determined after the admission decision is made, and will be based on the family’s demonstrated financial needs. However, every family is expected to stretch themselves in financing an ALA education. Every ALA student signs a contract committing them to contribute to peace and prosperity on the African continent for at least 10 years in return for the financial assistance they receive.


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 department might look out for in a prospective candidate:

1. Leadership potential

2. Entrepreneurial spirit

3. Academic achievement

4. Commitment to service

5. Passion for Africa

To apply, visit Learn more about the application criteria in detail, download a copy of the Academy's prospectus and application guide, learn about the application deadlines, find out about fees and financial assistance, and watch a video featuring our Dean. Applicants to the Academy must be between the ages of 15-18, and must have completed a minimum of Form 3 or its equivalent in their home country.

Applications may be submitted by email to

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