Welcome to Stellenbosch University

Academy for Environmental Leadership




The main goal of AEL is to provide a structured environment for school leavers and students to participate in environmental programmes that will prepare them for entry into the labour market and/or further studies in Higher Education programmes related to environmental management and/or other qualifications. AEL offers a one year long structured, formal programme for qualification in a NQF Level 5 Higher Certificate in Conservation Ecology.


Want to make a difference to the planet and create your own future?

We are looking for young students to join the Academy for Environmental Leadership. Are you a Matric or university student who is finishing your studies this year? Do you have a thirst for the outdoors and a hunger to protect the planet? Then AEL is perfect for you.

Click HERE to download the brochure to find out more

Madelein Victor | AEL | Klas van 2017
Madelein Victor, top student of the Class of 2016, tells more about her AEL experience, the people she met and her favourite subjects.

The AEL Campus

Our campus has free WiFi, you may enjoy DStv in the TV lounge or spend time in the games room, visit a fully equipped gym and cool down in a 25m outdoor swimming pool. Fees also include all tuition fees, the outdoor excursions as well as two tours, three well balanced meals seven days a week with filtered drinking water available on tap.

Spend a year living and learning at the Academy For Environmental Leadership, set in gorgeous Uizip near Upington, where the Kalahari meets the banks of the Orange River.