Post-Graduate/Gap Year & Alternative Schools

Gap Year Considerations

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Gap Year Programs

African Leadership Academy

The African Leadership Academy is a high school in South Africa committed to developing the continent’s future leaders. Most students attend ALA for the two year pre-university course, based on the Cambridge A Levels and ALA’s unique curricula in Entrepreneurial Leadership, African Studies and Writing and Rhetoric. They also host a Gap Year program for students in between high school and university, as well as summer program, amongst others. Many ALA graduates go on to attend university in the United States.


ASSIST is a U.S.- based nonprofit organization that matches academically talented, multi-lingual international students with American independent secondary schools. During a one-year school stay, an ASSIST scholar-leader serves as a cultural ambassador actively participating in classes and extracurricular activities. Since 1969, 5,050 student scholar-leaders from 52 nations, many underrepresented in independent school populations, have been matched with ASSIST-affiliated schools. This growing, global network connects top scholars with elite American schools and with one another.

United World Colleges:

UWC (United World Colleges) is a global education movement that makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. Today, UWC has 17 schools and colleges on 4 continents, the majority of which focus exclusively on the 16-19 year-old age group: a time when young people’s energy and idealism can be guided towards empathy, responsibility and lifelong action. These colleges teach the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma as their formal curriculum, a qualification that UWC played a major part in developing, while also emphasising the importance of experiential learning, community service and outdoor activities.

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Master Card Fellowship (multi-country):

African Mobility Scholarship (multi-country):

Knight Hennesy Scholarship (Standford, USA):

Google Scholarship (USA):

Chevening Scholarship (UK):

Gates Cambridge Trust (UK):

Commonwealth Masters Scholarship (UK):

Yenching Academy (China):

Schwarzman Scholars (China):

Mandela Rhodes Trust (South Africa):

MINDS Scholarship (South Africa):