Pre-departure Process

Pre-departure Training is provided for Australia Awards Scholarships Masters level awards only. Depending on provisional awardee’s level of English language skills, recipients may be required to complete pre-departure English for Academic Purposes training for 6–12 months in Phnom Penh before departing to Australia. Those recipients who do not reach the required level of English at the end of their pre-departure training, as assessed by IELTS testing and pre-departure training requirements, will by necessity have their provisional award withdrawn and not be permitted to take up the scholarship in Australia.

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of pre-departure English language training will result in the awardee’s provisional Australia Awards Scholarships being withdrawn and they will not be permitted to progress to undertake their scholarship in Australia.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
  • 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. 
  • 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.