Study Abroad


The ALU Gap Year/Study Abroad programme is a transformative personal and academic experience designed to prepare you for the future. Experience innovative learning, join a network of exceptional students from over 30 countries, and take part in an optional internship with one of our Employer Partners. As an ALU Gap Year/Study Abroad participant, you will be fully integrated into the ALU student body, taking advantage of all ALU has to offer.

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All Gap Year/Study Abroad programmes take place at African Leadership College, our flagship campus in Mauritius. Students join us for one to two trimesters of class, and also have the option of interning with one of our Employer Partners for a trimester. Each trimester is four months. Below is our annual trimester schedule:

  • Trimester 1: September to December
  • Trimester 2: January to April
  • Trimester 3: May to August

Academics

Our learning model is experiential and blends rigorous academics with real-world experience and leadership skills development. At ALU, we ban lectures as students learn best when they are actively engaged. Our classes are seminar-style and students lead the discussion.

All classes at ALU are open to visiting students and taught by full-time ALU faculty who hold degrees from some of the world’s greatest universities, such as Yale, Columbia, Stanford, and McGill. Gap Year students typically take our Leadership Core classes. Study Abroad students choose classes in our Leadership Core and also in our degree programmes (Business Management, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Social Sciences). We work with each student to build a class schedule that meets their specific interests and needs.


Student Life

Everything outside of the classroom is organized by our Student Life team. Our campus is alive with dozens of clubs, initiatives, and student businesses. Student-run events include TEDxALC (which featured a speech by the President of Mauritius), fashion shows, open mic nights, and African Studies discussions. Student organizations include Banza Magazine, Ingress Media, Model United Nations, Arts@ALU, Cooking Club, and intramural sports. Get involved in one of your passions, or try something new!
All students live in our residences in the seaside tourist town of Grand Baie. The residences are at the heart of Grand Baie and just a 3-minute walk to the beach. Besides the beach, students can also walk to restaurants, fruit stalls, local shops, and two malls complete with supermarkets, a cinema, and a bowling alley. The residences have modern amenities such as dining halls, 24-hour security, swimming pools, air conditioning, free to use washing machines, and rooftop terraces with views of the Indian Ocean.


Excursions

Outside of class, we arrange regular excursions for our students. Possible excursions include hiking some of Mauritius’ 78 peaks, visiting world heritage sites, snorkeling, exploring Mauritius’ diverse cultural landscape and religious sites, attending art festivals, and volunteering in nature reserves. The island is your campus!


How to Apply

The admissions process for ALU Gap Year/Study Abroad aims to enroll students who demonstrate a passion for leadership, think outside the box, and are determined to make an impact in the world.

Admissions is on a rolling basis, meaning the earlier you apply, the sooner you will receive your decision. We have limited slots for Gap Year and Study Abroad students, so we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Online Application: Our application is fully online and free to submit. In the application, you will provide basic details about yourself and your education background. You will be asked to upload your latest school transcript, as well as any supporting documents you think will help your application. These documents can be a resume/CV, certificates, awards, or anything else you want to share with us. Lastly, we require two short essays where you tell us how you demonstrate leadership potential and what you hope to gain from your experience at ALU.

Below is our trimester schedule (each trimester is four months):

  • Trimester 1: September to December
  • Trimester 2: January to April
  • Trimester 3: May to August

The application deadline for January 2017 enrolment is 15 November 2016.


Tuition and Fees

The ALU Gap Year/Study Abroad Programme is structured so that you can design your experience based on your own interests and schedule.

Gap Year/Study Abroad participants directly enroll in our classes for 4 to 8 months (1 to 2 trimesters). You also have the option to intern with one of our Employer Partners. Please find below our fee structure:

Duration Fees Programme
4 months $10,000 1 Trimester
8 months $18,000 2 Trimesters
12 months $21,000 2 Trimesters + 1 Internship
What’s Included:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meal Plan (3 meals and 2 snacks every day)
  • Medical Insurance
  • Medical check for permit application
  • Excursions
  • Transport (between student residences and academic campus)
Not Included:
  • Flights ($1,000-$2,000 depending on origin)
  • Pocket money for incidental purchases

Financial Aid and Scholarships

We strive to make the ALU experience affordable to as many students as possible and offer a limited amount of financial aid. Financial assistance is awarded on a case-by-case basis for admitted study abroad participants. Our financial aid is need-based and will only be able to partially cover our fees. We encourage students to take financing their education seriously and to seek funding from individual sponsors and the student’s home institution.

In addition, all African citizens automatically qualify for our Visiting African Leaders scholarship, which counts towards partial payment of tuition and living fees. For more information on this scholarship, please contact us at studyabroad@alueducation.com

What courses are available in the programme?
All classes at ALU are open to visiting students and taught by full-time ALU faculty who hold degrees from some of the world’s greatest universities, such as Yale, Columbia, Stanford, and McGill. Gap Year students typically take our Leadership Core classes. Study Abroad students choose classes in our Leadership Core and also in our degree programmes (Business Management, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Social Sciences). We work with each student to build a class schedule that meets their specific interests and needs. For more information on our academics, click here.
Why should I consider this programme?
During your time at ALU, you will not only gain real-world experience that will make you infinitely more employable after your studies, but you will also learn invaluable communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills. In addition, you will build a network of future leaders from all over the world right on the tropical island of Mauritius.
What Core Skills will students learn?
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What are the selection criteria?
ALU welcomes applicants who are between the ages of 18 and 23 and come from a wide variety of backgrounds, qualifications, skills and experiences. If you are outside of this age group, but are still interested in the program, contact us at studyabroad@alueducation.com. We consider students who are able to demonstrate their potential to succeed and who will do well in our rigorous learning environment. We recognise that people acquire skills and abilities in many different ways
Where do I begin my application?
Click here to begin your application. If you’d like to learn more, fill out the form to the right of this page.
How long is the programme?

Gap Year/Study Abroad participants directly enroll in our classes for 4 to 8 months (1 to 2 trimesters). You also have the option to intern with one of our Employer Partners for 4 months.

Below are the three options for visiting students:

  • 4 months: 1 trimester
  • 8 months: 2 trimesters
  • 12 months: 2 trimesters + 1 internship
Can I transfer credits for this programme?

Credit transfer will be on a case by case basis and this will be determined by the nature of the agreement we have with your school. The Gap Year/Study Abroad Programme focuses on building real world skills that will maximise your competence for a successful career after graduation. All students will also receive a certificate of competence that can be shared with prospective employers.

ALU is committed to making the programme work for you and we are currently setting up partnerships with academic institutions. Watch out for more.

What are the fees for the programme?
 Duration Fees Programme
4 months $10,000 1 Trimester
8 months $18,000 2 Trimesters
12 months $21,000 2 Trimesters + 1 Internship
What’s Included:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meal Plan (3 meals and 2 snacks every day)
  • Medical Insurance
  • Medical check for permit application
  • Excursions
  • Transport (between student residences and academic campus)
Not Included:
  • Flights ($1,000-$2,000 depending on origin)
  • Pocket money for incidental purchases

Financial Aid and Scholarships

We strive to make the ALU experience affordable to as many students as possible and offer a limited amount of financial aid. Financial assistance is awarded on a case-by-case basis for admitted study abroad participants. Our financial aid is need-based and will only be able to partially cover our fees. We encourage students to take financing their education seriously and to seek funding from individual sponsors and the student’s home institution.

In addition, all students currently enrolled in an African university or high school automatically qualify for our Visiting African Leaders scholarship, which counts towards partial payment of tuition and housing expenses. For more information on this scholarship, please contact us at studyabroad@alueducation.com.

Should I do the internship?
The internship programme at ALU is optional, though it is highly recommended. The 4-month internship enables students to gain first-hand experience working in an African city or on the ALU campus. Students can practice what they have learnt throughout the course of the year by undergoing this four-month internship. Students who opt to intern in an African city off-campus will work on real projects with one of our employer partners including top employers like McKinsey, Coca Cola and IBM. We believe that all future employees should develop a basic understanding of the corporate world and the ways of working before they arrive for their first day of work. ALU will work with students to develop specific technical knowledge and skills to prepare them as entry-level hires for their first internship, and future jobs. Alternatively, there are a variety of non-profit internships available for students across Africa including in Mauritius.
Can my family or friends visit me during the programme?
Family and friends are encouraged to visit students in order to gain a first-hand experience of the learning model and to tour the beautiful island of Mauritius. During the visit, family and friends can audit classes, take part in activities, and interact with other students as well as faculty and staff. There are several recommended options for housing that can be explored.

email studyabroad@alueducation.com with further enquiries.