Application Process

We appreciate the diverse background and experiences of all our applicants and have therefore designed an online application process that gives you an opportunity to show us who you are, as well as reflect on some of your strengths and achievements.

Each component of the process can be accessed through the application portal. The application process consists of the following:

Application Form


  • Personal Information
    This includes your personal demographic information. Please ensure that all the information in this section is accurate as it appears on any legal or national identification documents that you have.
  • Educational History
    Tell us about your secondary and post-secondary school experiences.
  • Academic Information
    In order to understand your educational experience to date, you will be required to provide your recent academic records. These include semester/term transcripts and reports, national or international examination results and/or university transcripts if applicable.
  1. School Reports
    We require reports that you received from your school at the end of each term or semester. You must upload the three most recent school reports of your final school year e.g. term 1, term 2 and term 3 of grade 12. The reports should clearly depict your name, the name of your school, the class level (e.g. grade 12, term 2) and the grades you received in each of your subjects.
  2. National Exam TranscriptThis should be the official transcript or certificate issued by the national examinations board in your country. The transcript should clearly depict your name, the name of the examination and the grades you received in each of your subjects.
  3. University Transcripts
    If you attended university or have received any post-secondary qualifications you may upload them on your application portal.
  • Short Essays
    ALU’s unique and open approach to learning makes our culture here a special one. Our general application consists of essay questions designed to tell us more about you, how you think and how your experiences have shaped who you are today. This is an opportunity for you to showcase your achievements and anything you think an admissions committee should know.
  • Critical Thinking
    This part of the application will show us how you think and approach problems by assessing your responses to various scenarios. Your responses will be judged for logic, clarity, relevance, coherence, depth, consistency, and fairness.



If you know someone who can give us even more insight into your leadership and/or academic potential then we encourage you to submit a recommendation. If you choose to submit a recommendation you will be required to enter your recommenders contact details (name and email address) on your application portal. An email will automatically be sent directly to your recommender with a link to a recommendation form that they must fill in and submit before the deadline. This recommendation is completely confidential and will not be visible to the student at any time. This section of the application is entirely optional.

How should you choose your recommender?
A recommender should be a person who knows you well and who has had significant and meaningful interactions with you. They should be people who have seen and experienced how you work in teams, how you engage with others and how you handle yourself in various situations. They might also be someone who has a good understanding of your academic potential.

English Proficiency Assessment

If applicable

If you are a non-English speaking student or if English is not your strength you must take an assessment to determine whether you will be required to participate in ALU’s English Immersion Programme which begins approximately 2.5 months prior to the start of the academic year.

You must complete this assessment if you meet any one of the following criteria:

  • The primary language spoken at home is not English
  • The primary language that school studies were completed in is not English
  • University level coursework delivered in English could not be successfully completed without supplemental English classes or lessons.

Even if you come from an English speaking or bilingual country (e.g. you are from Rwanda and you speak mostly Kinyarwanda or you are from Tanzania and you speak mostly Swahili at home) but you know that you would benefit from taking additional English support then please take the English Proficiency Assessment.

Click here to learn more about the English Immersion Programme and relevant application deadlines.

Si nécessaire

Si vous êtes un étudiant qui ne parle pas anglais ou si l’anglais n’est pas votre force, vous devez faire une évaluation pour déterminer si vous devrez participer au programme d’immersion en anglais de l’ALU qui commence environ 2,5 mois avant le début de l’année scolaire.

Vous devez remplir cette évaluation si vous répondez à l’un des critères suivants:

  • La langue principale parlée à la maison n’est pas l’anglais
  • La langue principale dans laquelle les études scolaires ont été achevées n’est pas l’anglais
  • Les cours de niveau universitaire dispensés en anglais ne pouvaient pas être complétés sans cours supplémentaires d’anglais.

Même si vous venez d’un pays anglophone ou bilingue (par exemple, vous venez du Rwanda et que vous parlez le plus souvent du kinyarwanda ou que vous êtes de la Tanzanie et que vous parlez surtout swahili à la maison), mais vous savez que vous bénéficieriez d’un soutien supplémentaire en anglais alors s’il veuillez prendre l’évaluation de la compétence en anglais.

Cliquez ici pour en savoir plus sur le programme d’immersion en anglais et les dates limites d’application pertinentes.

Se necessário

Se você é um estudante que não fala inglês ou se o inglês não é sua força, você deve fazer uma avaliação para determinar se você será obrigado a participar do Programa de Imersão de Inglês da ALU, que começa aproximadamente 2,5 meses antes do início do ano letivo.

Você deve completar esta avaliação se atender a qualquer um dos seguintes critérios:

  • A língua principal falada em casa não é o inglês
  • A língua principal em que os estudos escolares foram concluídos não é o inglês
  • Curso de nível universitário ministrado em Inglês não poderia ser concluído com êxito sem aulas de Inglês suplementares ou aulas.

Mesmo se você vem de um país de língua inglesa ou bilíngüe (por exemplo, você é de Ruanda e você fala principalmente Kinyarwanda ou você é da Tanzânia e você fala principalmente Swahili em casa), mas você sabe que você iria beneficiar de tomar apoio Inglês adicional, por favor, tome A Avaliação de Proficiência em Inglês.

Clique aqui para saber mais sobre o Programa de Imersão em Inglês e os prazos de aplicação relevantes.

Africa Rising: Online Course

Optional - Now available

Your application journey with ALU doesn’t end once you hit the submit button. In fact, it gets better! All applicants who complete the mandatory components of the application process will receive free access to the Africa Rising online course and community.

What is Africa Rising?

Africa Rising is an online course that we created to help our students become familiar with the opportunities and challenges facing the African continent. ALU is developing young leaders to transform the continent and to do that they need to know what they’re up against so they can spearhead innovative solutions that will create change for to some of the most pressing problems of today.

The course is composed of 4 modules that cover topics such as Leadership in Africa, Education in Africa and African Urbanisation. Each module consists of a curation of articles and videos which you will complete to allow you to respond to the short writing and reflection prompts. The course also offers an online discussion forum where you can discuss and debate current issues and topics with other applicants from across the continent and around the world.

How to sign up for Africa Rising?

As soon as you submit your final application, you will receive an email with registration details to the course. There is no deadline for Africa Rising – you can start and finish it when you like. Feel free to work at your own pace.

The course is entirely optional and is not used in the application process review process. However, we highly recommend that you participate in the course. Applicants who complete 100% of the course will receive a personalised Certificate of Completion.

The Africa Rising course is now available.