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the academy 

Admissions and Tuition

At LALA, we are on a mission to develop transformational Latin American young leaders in all sectors: Entrepreneurship, Civic Society, Business, Technology, Science, Education, Government, Media, and more.


The ideal candidates will have graduated high school by February 2020. Limited financial aid is available for applicants from Latin American countries or who have strong ties to Latin America (by Latin America we mean Latin America and The Caribbean). Other global applicants are welcome to apply!

PROGRAM Dates and Location



The Academy is based in Medellín, Colombia

February 12  - May 8, 2020

Selection PROCESS

STEP 1: Application

You submit an application online that includes:

  • Short questions

  • Transcript or Report Card

  • Essay questions

  • Video submission

  • Supplementary information

step 2: video interviewS

After we review your application, you might be invited to a Skype interview with a LALA alumni, and later with a member of our Admissions Team. In this round, we want to learn more about you, your passions and your ideas.

step 3: decision and pre-work for the academy

Most applicants will receive a decision within 6-8 weeks of application

Application deadline

Round 1:

August 28, 2019                (apply in Round 1 for scholarship consideration)

Round 2:

September 10, 2019         (limited scholarships available)

Note: After September 10th, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis but without scholarship consideration

tuition fees and financial aid

tuition fees

Tuition, Room and Board:

Inaugural cohort members will benefit from a heavily discounted and subsidized full-fee cost of US$6,000 for the 3-Month Academy. This payment will cover all tuition plus housing and food expenses in Medellín (excluding flights, visas, vaccines, health insurance and other pre- or post-travel expenses). This below-cost pricing will only be available for this inaugural cohort, reflecting the contribution you/they will make to shaping LALA’s Academy.


Thanks to the generosity of our donors, all applicants who apply in Round 1 and 2 are eligible for an immediate US$1,500 scholarship to celebrate their courage in joining this novel initiative. Therefore, inaugural cohort members who apply before September 10, 2019 will pay a maximum of US$4,500.

To celebrate LALA's two-year journey, LALA Bootcamp alumni are eligible for an additional US$1,500 scholarship, leaving their full-tuition at US$3,000.

financial aid

● We are committed to making LALA accessible to Latin America’s most promising young leaders. We will work with every admitted student to ensure they can afford their time at LALA and graduate debt-free.
● At the same time, our funding is limited. We therefore expect admitted students to seek support from their near and extended family, to mobilize their community through fundraising, and to explore other entrepreneurial initiatives (we will provide support and guidance on this fundraising challenge).
● We will consider all timely applications for financial aid. However, very limited scholarships are available at this time beyond the already-discounted tuition being offered.