Application Deadline: October 15 2014
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.
The African Leadership Academy (ALA) is a residential, secondary school located in the outskirts of Johnnesburg, South Africa for 15–18 year-olds, from all 54 African nations and around the world.
The African Leadership Academy uses five criteria for admission:
- Previous academic achievement
- Leadership potential
- Entrepreneurial spirit
- Dedication to public service
- Passion for Africa
The process is as follows:
ALA’s selection process is extremely competitive. The Academy receives several thousand applications from most 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 application deadline for your country.
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 ~100 students from the pool of extraordinary finalists to attend the Academy. All finalists will be notified of their admissions status by April 15, 2015.
2014/2015 AFRICAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY TIMELINE
- 15 October, 2014
Early decision deadline for first round candidates from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Candidates from these countries who do not apply early decision will have until December 12th, 2014 to complete their applications.
- 14 November, 2014
Regular Decision 1 deadline for first round candidates from Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tunisia, and Uganda.
- 12 December, 2014
Regular Decision 2 deadline for first round candidates from all other African countries and the rest of the world.
- January – February, 2015
All candidates notified of their first round status. Those selected as finalists will be invited to interview with the Admissions team. Candidates with earlier submission dates will be notified first. All first round applicants will be notified by February 28, 2015.
- February – March, 2015
Finalist interviews will be conducted with candidates from across Africa and the world.
- 15 April, 2015
All finalists notified of their admissions status by April 15th. Candidates who apply through our online portal will be able to check their application status online. Financial aid awards will be made by April 30.
- 15 May, 2015
Deadline for accepted students to finalize their enrolment.
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