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This Regional Institute is aimed at connecting secondary school counselors within the Sub-Saharan Africa Region with university admission advising tools and networks of universities around the world. It is also intended for universities around the world who want to build connections and deepen their understanding of students in the Sub-Saharan Africa market.   

Through in-depth and focused conversations and presentations, participants will gain a greater understanding of the educational process, admission requirements, fees and scholarships, and the challenges and opportunities students face when applying to a university outside of Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Project Manager for the 2019 Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Institute is Joyce Agyare, and the Faculty Chairs are Ashley Pallie of Pomona College and Laura Kaub of Nova Pioneer Schools.

The 2019 Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Institute will take place after the CIS Africa Tour and Fairs, and this is an excellent opportunity to do both. The CIS Full Africa Tour, which includes West and East Africa options, travels from Accra to Kigali and runs from September 23 to October 5. and the CIS Southern Africa Fairs will be held in Mauritius (October 7), Lusaka (October 9), and Gaborone (October 10). These are excellent student recruitment opportunities to include. Read more about these opportunities HERE.

Registration is CLOSED.  

Colleges and Universities Scheduled to Attend as of September 25, 2019

High Schools and Independent Counselors Scheduled to Attend as of September 25, 2019

Organizations Scheduled to Attend as of September 25, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa 2019






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The Regional Institute will allow for two days of concentrated networking, educational sessions, and conversations that are specific to Sub-Saharan Africa students.

Representatives from universities and high schools, including admissions officers, principals, counselors, and teachers are encouraged to attend. All levels of experience are welcome. International ACAC membership is required.

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“International ACAC is the leading professional network dedicated to supporting schools in understanding undergraduate admissions at universities in the USA, Canada, Europe, and beyond.” 

– Paul Teulon, King’s College London, Director of Admissions and Registry Services  

Institute Location

African Leadership Academy
Johannesburg - South Africa
Approximately 40 minutes from Johannesburg International Airport

African Leadership Academy seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of over 6,000 leaders who will work together to address Africa’s greatest challenges, achieve extraordinary social impact, and accelerate the continent’s growth trajectory. ALA was founded in 2004 by Executive Chairman Fred Swaniker (Ghana), CEO Chris Bradford (U.S.), Acha Leke (Cameroon), and Peter Mombaur (Germany/South Africa). These men relied on five key beliefs that drove the establishment of African Leadership Academy and determined the focus and design of the institution. ALA remains the continent’s only pan-African high school, having admitted over 700 students from over 45 African countries to date.

The school is a member of International ACAC.


Regional Institute fees will be $175 for High School and Individual Members and $190 for College and University Members and Organizational Members.

The institute will offer scholarship opportunities for secondary school and independent counselors who could not otherwise afford to attend. 




Housing Options

 Room blocks have been negotiated at nearby internationally recognized hotels as there will be no on-campus housing. 

 1. Protea Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton (Marriott): Twin or king room, breakfast included, for $123-$192/night. 

  • Booking is available at this LINK.
  • Full pre-payment is required, but is 100% refundable if canceled more than 30 days prior to check-in.
  • This room block and booking link are available until September 9. 

2. Crowne Plaza RosebankSingle or Double Room, breakfast included, for $98-$119/night. 

  • Booking is available at this LINK Corporate ID: 2160538 (Required to receive negotiated rate.)  

3. Holiday Inn Johannesburg Rosebank: Single room, breakfast included, for $97/night. 

  • Booking is available at this LINKGroup Code: ARI-407712 (Required to receive negotiated rate.) 
  • This room block and booking link are available until September 27. 

Transportation will be available to and from the institute. 


Day 1



Day 3

Optional post-event visit to Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa:

Participants who would like to visit the UWC in eSwatini while in Southern Africa are encouraged to stay in Johannesburg on Sunday evening, 13th October. Then, on Monday morning, 14th October, participants could drive (5 hours) or fly to Mbabane, eSwatini, for an afternoon university fair and evening reception hosted by the UWC. Local transport to a recommended hotel will be provided as participants would need to stay in Mbabane that night before returning to Johannesburg on Tuesday morning, 15th October. Those interested in this post-institute excursion should please contact John Storer at [email protected] or Laura[email protected] to register or request more information about participants and coordinated ground transport.

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