Levels and types of study

There are different levels of study and each have an eligibility criteria

There are several different levels of study available as part of the Australia Awards scholarships.  Each level of study has its own criteria that you must meet before you can apply.  You cannot change your level of study after you have been awarded a scholarship, so please choose carefully. 

TECHNICAL/VOCATIONAL applicants will be seeking to obtain a Certificate or Diploma qualification. Typically, TECHNICAL/VOCATIONAL applicants will have either a high school diploma, existing Vocational and Technical College qualification or a Laos bachelor degree. Candidates who have previous qualifications, for example a diploma or undergraduate degree, will have a minimum 3 years work experience and will be seeking qualifications to fill a skills shortfall or to change career direction. Candidates who have just completed high school may apply for either technical/vocational or Bachelor level study.  TECHNICAL/VOCATIONAL applicants will be between 18 and 50 years old.

UNDERGRADUATE applicants will be seeking a bachelor degree. Applicants who already have a Bachelor Degree or equivalent (4 year Diploma level qualification) are not eligible to apply for UNDERGRADUATE level study. UNDERGRADUATE applicants will NOT have post-secondary school qualifications or more than 2 years of diploma or undergraduate level study and will between 18 and 25 years of age.

POST-GRADUATE applicants will be seeking to upgrade their Bachelor qualifications. Candidates will be seeking either a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters qualification. POST-GRADUATE applicants will have a minimum 2 years relevant (related to their Bachelor qualification) work experience post Bachelor Degree and be less than 50 years of age. Candidates with a Masters qualification are welcome to apply however, preference will be given to those candidates who have not previously had the opportunity to study abroad. 

PhD applicants will be seeking to upgrade their Masters qualifications. PhD applicants will have a minimum 2 years relevant (related to their Masters qualification) work experience post Masters Degree and be less than 50 years of age

Previous Australia Awards Scholarships Alumni: are eligible to apply for POST-GRADUATE (Research Masters) or PhD only. In addition to meeting the requirement of residing and working in Laos for twice the duration of the original scholarship, previous Awardees must provide the same documentation required for PhD applicants plus a completed 'Development Statement'.

Equivalence of Qualifications

The level at which an overseas students enters the education system in Australia is determined by the Australian University's assessment of your existing qualifications. In assessing your academic standing, the Australian University will consider both the level and content of courses you have completed.

Your application may be ruled ineligible if it is determined that your qualifications will not be considered favourably by Australian Universities.

If you are not sure about the qualifications and experience required, make an appointment to speak to an Awards Officer at the Laos Australia Institute.