Frequently asked questions

What can I study?

Applications will be accepted for all areas of study (except for general business courses and education management). Please check the Brochure for Intake 2020 for the priorty areas of study.
Studies in areas other that priority areas will be considered if the applicant convincingly demonstrates how they will impact on development challenges in Laos upon their return.

What is CRICOS?

CRICOS stands for “Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students Australia Awards”. Courses offered to overseas students by the partner institutions are assigned with CRICOS Codes.
A course CRICOS code is a 6-digit number with 1 capitalised letter; e.g. 008927K (PhD of Applied Geology); 083295D (Master of International Finance).
It is important to remember that a course without a CRICOS code is NOT offered to international students.
DO NOT be confused with the University CRICOS Provider code which is a 5-digit number with 1 capitalised letter, e.g. Monash University CRICOS Provider is 00008C.

Where can I study?

You can study at any participating Australian institutions

Can I apply for both an Australia Award Scholarship and an Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarship?

Yes, you may apply for other awards. However, you may accept only one. For example, if you accept an Australia Awards Scholarship you cannot hold any other Australian Government-sponsored scholarship (such as an Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarship).

Can I apply for an award if I'm intending to migrate or if I have permanent residency?

No. Australia Awards are not available to intending migrants or those who have Australian permanent residency. Awardees are required to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing their scholarship. Failure to do so will result in the awardee incurring a debt for the total accrued cost of their award.

Questions regarding family

1. Am I able to bring my children on scholarship?

Awardees dependents (including spouse and children) are allowed to accompany them to Australia. Awardees are required to meet the requirements (including demonstrating sufficient funds). AAS Laos will not provide funding support for accompanying dependents.

2. Can my children get an education in Australia?

Yes. Australia is well known for its quality education system and offer a range of different education options. For more information on Australia’s education system visit

3. Can I access childcare for my children (even if they have limited or no understanding of English)?

Yes. A range of childcare options are available in Australia, depending on availability of spaces and your ability to pay fees. Formal facilities such as childcare centers are one option as well as informal services such as babysitters and nannies. It is the responsibility of the parent to organise appropriate childcare support for their accompanying children.

4. Is there an age limit for people applying for an Australia Awards Scholarship?

The Australia Awards global policy does not impose age limits on applicants. However, Lao Country Profile does require that applicants be less than 50 years of age as at 30 April 2019.

5. How do I apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship if I don’t have internet access?

For those who have no internet access, kindly contact the Scholarships Team at Laos Australia Institute at the corner of Rue Setthathirath and Mahosot Road (in front of Ho Prakeo Temple,Vientiane, tel: +856 21 265 721.

6. If I am successful in my scholarship application and I am pregnant, will my scholarship be terminated?

Pregnant applicants are encouraged to share this information with Australia Awards Office as their earliest opportunity. Awardees will be assessed equally. Such applicants will not be disadvantaged.

7. Does the Australia Awards office assist with obtaining visas for applicants and, if necessary, dependents?

It is the responsibility of the Awardees to prepare and submit their own visa application. Australia Awards is, however, available to answer questions. It is also the responsibility of the applicants to manage their dependents visa application/s.

8. What are the levels of study available, and what is the duration of these courses?

Australia Awards Scholarships are available each year for Lao nationals to study at four levels:
• Vocational Education and Training (VET), also known as Technical and Further Education (TAFE): Diploma and Advanced Diploma,
• Bachelor degree¬ (for people living with disability only),
• Master degree, and
• Doctorate degree (PhD).

9. What assistance will be available to me during my stay in Australia?

All universities in Australia have student service centers that provide guidance and emergency support to students during their stay in Australia. The student service centers can help students in arranging accommodation, accessing family support and to meet, to the extent possible, any special needs of the students. Australian Universities also have health and counselling services that are free or offered at cheaper rates for students and a range of sporting, shopping and other facilities on campus.

10. Can we celebrate our religious, cultural and national festivals?

Yes. Australia is open to cultural diversity within and outside of university campuses.

11. Can I work part-time while studying in Australia?

Yes. Australia Awards recipients are allowed to work part-time (up to 20 hours a week) under the subclass 500 student visa. It is however important that you inform your Student Contact Officer to ensure it does not affect your academic progress.

12. Can my spouse work while accompanying me on my scholarship?

Yes. Your spouse may work full-time while accompanying you on your scholarship. However, this should not interfere with your study focus. For further information please refer to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection

13. Is there an equal percentage of scholarships awarded to women and men each year?

Yes. Up to 50% of Australia Awards Scholarships are reserved for women and men each year.

Questions regarding persons with disability

1. If I am a person with disability what kind of support will be provided during the application process?

You are encouraged declare the details of the nature of your disability on the application form to ensure that the right level of support is offered throughout the assessment and selection process to ensure they are not disadvantaged in any way.
The Scholarships Team at Laos Australia Institute Australia Awards can provide you a range of assistance that includes individual course advice and, if necessary, support to you to complete your application form.

2. Will I be required to complete the same application form?

Yes, all applicants are required to complete the same application form, however people who identify themselves as living with a disability are encouraged to declare these details on the application form. This will ensure the Scholarships Team at Laos Australia Institute provide the required support throughout the application process. For example, applicants with vison impairments can be provided assistance to complete their application form.

3. Will I be able to attend specific sessions for persons with disability?

Laos Australia Institute will hold a Disability Advocacy Information Session on 6 February 2019 at LAI office at the corner of Rue Setthathirath and Mahosot Road (in front of Ho Prakeo Temple,Vientiane, tel: +856 21 265 721.

4. Are there selected study programs only available for persons with disability?

Persons with a disability are encouraged to apply for courses that meet their personal and career development needs. They must also be able to meet the institution entry requirements for their chosen course of study. Current policy of the Australia Awards Laos states that only persons with a disability are eligible to apply for Bachelor’s degrees.

5. What support will be provided on Scholarship?

If selected for an Australia Award, the awardee will work closely with Australia Awards Disability Adviser to develop a Disability Support Plan for their time in Australia. This plan will be tailored to the needs of the individual and outline the support required to successfully live and study in Australia. Support may include taking a carer, provision of assistive devices or other support required to successfully live and study in Australia.

6. What support does Australia Awards provide for persons with disability to assist their participation in the program?

Many Australian universities have dedicated disability services centers to enable students with a disability to participate fully in university life. They can help to arrange services. Australian universities also have health and counselling services that are free or offered at cheaper rates for students. Universities also have international student services centers where students can make appointments to discuss any matters that are impacting on their life in Australia.

7. Will I still be required to undertake an English language assessment?

Yes. Australian universities require all international students to meet their English criteria. Laos Australia Institute will arrange and sponsor IELTS (the International English Language Testing System) tests for all applicants who pass the application assessment round.

8. How does Australia Awards assess the needs of applicants with disabilities?

People who identify themselves as living with a disability are encouraged to declare these details on the application form. These individuals will then be required to complete a Disability Assessment Form and will be further assessed by Australia Awards Disability Adviser and Occupational Therapist. These assessments allow Australia Awards to ensure you are not disadvantaged and that the right level of support is offered throughout the assessment and selection process.

10. Are applications from persons with disability assessed separately or in line with all other applicants?

All applicants are required to meet the eligibility criteria and are assessed in line with the objectives and priority areas of Australia Awards Laos. However, the Australia Awards Laos has set out its GEDSI (Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion) target that at least 5% of all awardees should be people living with a disability.

11. Is Australia wheel chair friendly?

Yes. Most public places, including the university, markets and parks have been custom-built to be wheelchair friendly. Universities have special lifts, parking, off-campus service, toilets and a library assistant for wheel chair students.
University accommodation and private apartments have lifts/elevators that allow for smooth wheelchair access to the lodging and inside the house. Private housing is not always customized for wheelchair access and scholars should confirm this at the time of finding accommodation in Australia.

12. Will I be able to use public transportation?

Australia has an elaborate public transport infrastructure, comprising rail, tram, buses and taxis, linking different parts of a city. Most public transports are customized to enable wheelchair and baby pram access; trains and buses usually have exclusive spaces for wheelchairs too. Most public places are also suitably friendly for those with visual impairment.

13. How I will be able to do my shopping/grocery and necessities?

Australia has well developed retail outlets, located at convenient locations across the cities and towns, where you can do weekly/monthly shopping at affordable prices. The retail stores are designed to enable disability access. In addition, Australia has online (web-based) shopping options available.



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