Level and types of study


There are several various 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.


To obtain a Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification from Australia:

          -       You must already have an upper secondary school diploma, Vocational and Technical College qualification or a Bachelor degree from Laos.

    • Note that applicants who have just completed upper secondary school may apply for either Technical/Vocational or Bachelor level study. 
    • Applicants who already have a Vocational and Technical College qualification or a Bachelor degree from Laos should also have a minimum of 3 years work experience, and will be seeking qualifications to fill a skills shortfall or to change career direction.

          -        Technical/Vocational applicants must be between 18 and 50 years old.

          -        Applications from people with a disability for Technical/Vocational awards will be given priority.


To obtain a Bachelor degree from Australia:

-        You must have completed upper secondary school.

-        Applicants who already have completed a Bachelor Degree or equivalent, e.g. 3-4 years Diploma level qualification, are not eligible to apply for Undergraduate level study.

-        Undergraduate applicants should NOT have post-secondary school qualifications or have completed more than 2 years of diploma or undergraduate level study.

-        Undergraduate applicants must be between 18 and 25 years of age.

-        Applications from people with a disability for Undergraduate awards will be given priority, and candidates with a disability will be accepted between18 and 50 years of age.


To obtain a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or a Masters qualification from Australia:

-        You must already have Bachelor level qualifications, with a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience (related to your qualification).

-        Candidates with a Masters qualification gained in Laos and abroad are still eligible to apply; however, priority will be given to those applicants who do not already have overseas qualifications.

-        Post-Graduate applicants must be less than 50 years of age.


To obtain a doctorate or PhD qualification from Australia:

-        Applicants must provide a detailed Research Proposal and have contacted and confirmed an academic supervisor from an eligible Australian institution.

-        Applicants should have a minimum 3 years relevant work experience (related to their postgraduate qualification).

-        Priority will be given to applicants in research and/or higher education teaching positions.

-        PhD applicants must be less than 50 years of age.

Previous Australia Awards Scholarships Alumni are eligible to apply for Research Masters (Postgraduate) or PhD ONLY with the following criteria:

-        Applicants must have been back in Laos for at least twice the duration of the original scholarship on completion (or termination)

-        Applicants must clearly demonstrate the contribution made to the development of Laos since returning from the previous award.

Equivalence of Qualifications

The level at which an overseas student 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.