After completing our First Year Leadership Core and your first internship, you’ll return to campus where you’ll dive into your degree programmes. You’ll also take part in our African Studies Core, continue learning and creating through extra-curriculars, and sharpening your skills with the Career Development Team. And for those who are interested in entrepreneurship, you can apply to the Student Ventures Programme.
Degree programmes (i.e. majors) are a vehicle for developing foundational skills and knowledge in a field of your choice. We’ve designed our degrees in ways that provide breadth in key areas while affording students opportunities to explore and pursue depth in particular domains or problem spaces of interest.
You’ll spend most of your time focusing on your programme of choice, but you’ll also have the chance to engage in a few signature experiences:
- The African Studies Core (Mandatory) is a 24-week course that all students take during their second year at ALU. The course challenges how we think about African history, how we grapple with diversity on the continent, and challenges paradigms for understanding African politics, society, and culture. ASC draws from multiple disciplines to combine questions and knowledge in Humanities, Social Sciences, History and Arts. It’s primary aim is to give sound context for thought in and about Africa, as well as action in it.
- The Student Ventures Programme (Optional) is a series of structured experiences and resources to help ALU students grow as entrepreneurs. The programme empowers students to discover and explore their interest related to entrepreneurship, to synthesize, connect and apply what they learn at ALU and beyond, to gain hands-on entrepreneurial experience and launch sustainable business ventures. It is a non-mandatory experience tailored to all students based on their entrepreneurship “profile”. The Student Ventures Programme contains core elements of community building, pre-incubation, and incubation and students can enter different levels of the SVP through an application process.
- The Psych Programme (Optional) is a project based programme designed by and for students. Students build their skills in cognitive empathy, analytic reading, and experimentation through a series of projects, a curated resource library, and other community driven events. Most importantly, the programme maintains a high degree of personalization so that students can balance building foundational knowledge in psychology with opportunities to dive into areas that specifically interest them.
Currently, ALU offers the following degree programmes in Mauritius and Rwanda.