Australia Awards – Cambodia

Pre-departure Process

Pre-departure Training (PDT) is provided for Australia Awards Scholarships recipients in Phnom Penh. . Selected Master's candidates who have not met the IELTS requirements for Australian university admission (a minimum of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0) are required to attend up to 12 months of full time pre departure training (PDT) in Cambodia prior to departure to Australia. PDT is compulsory and full time. Awardees are not permitted to undertake employment during the pre-departure training and any pre-departure English language training. However, short absences from the Program may be considered on a case by case basis.

Awardees who possess the prerequisite IELTS result at the time of their award will undertake a compulsory and full-time PDT of six weeks.

During this period, a monthly stipend is paid: $200 per month for Phnom Penh based awardees and $240 per month for those based outside of Phnom Penh.

Note: Provisional Awardee must attain the minimum English language proficiency of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no sub-band less than 6.0 (or TOEFL equivalent), irrespective of any lesser English language requirements of their chosen university. A failure to achieve the required IELTS score after 12 months of pre-departure English language training will result in the awardee’s provisional Australia Awards Scholarships being withdrawn and they will not be permitted to progress to undertake their scholarship in Australia.

The Pre-departure Training programme is a skills-based program with the following goals:

  • to assist you to achieve mastery of the various written and spoken genres of English you will encounter as a student on the AAS Pre-departure Training programme, both during your studies in Phnom Penh, and more importantly for when you go to Australia (for those yet to obtain prerequisite IELTS)
  • to assist you to gain the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to successfully adapt to academic learning and university study
  • to assist you to develop strategies to enable you to take control of your own learning
  • to assist you to acquire the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking English at a level sufficient to obtain an academic IELTS band score 6.5 with no band less the 6.0. (for those yet to obtain prerequisite IELTS)
  • to assist you to acquire knowledge about the world, and Australia in particular
  • to assist you to develop the critical thinking skills you will need to analyse, synthesise and utilise in your academic studies in Australia
  • to assist you to use the Guided Individual Learning Centre and self-access centres effectively and efficiently
  • to assist you to become proficient in the use of e-mail as a means of communicating with teachers and other students
  • to assist you to acquire the skills necessary to access and present information electronically.