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ONLY ONLINE APPLICATION WILL BEACCEPTED.
UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DISPLACED STUDENTSFROM BURMA IN THAILAND
 
October 2010
About Open Universities Australia
Open Universities Australia (OUA) is a company owned by seven Australian universities: Curtin University,Griffith University, Macquarie University, Monash University, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology and University of South Australia.Australian universities are world renowned for their quality due to strong government support and their highlyregarded accreditation processes. The Australian Universities Quality Agency ensures that the quality of education is of the highest standard. In addition, national protocols mean that the term ‘university’ can onlybe used by government accredited higher education institutions.OUA provides flexible ways to study towards a university degree for those who cannot study on campus byremoving the barriers of distance, time and entry requirements. There are four three-month study periodseach year beginning March, June, September and December.
About The Scholarship
In 2006, the OUA Board of Management allocated 25 scholarships to address the educational needs of displaced people from Burma in Thailand and assist them to achieve their academic goals.The scholarship provides support for students to complete a degree qualification through OUA. It providesfor:
1.
Tuition fees
for the completion of a degree
 
 – that means 24 undergraduate units or up to 12postgraduate units
2.
Educational resources -
textbooks, CDs, course materials.In addition, OUA provides an onsite coordinator 
 
located in Thailand who acts as a support person and tutor in relation to general issues of study.
OUA Academic Transition Program
All undergraduate students are required to successfully complete an academic transition program beforeprogressing to their program of choice. The aim of this program is to improve students’ written English skillsand provide orientation to study at university level within the Australian context. It consists of four units:
1
st
Study Period: English Preparation
IELTS500 or IELTS Master 
2
nd
Study Period: Foundation Unit
-
1 unit from:
PREPAC Preparing for Academic Study
3
rd
Study Period: Foundation Unit
-
1 unit from:
SSK13 Learning & Communication Behaviour SSK10 Tertiary Learning StrategiesSSK12 Introduction to University Learning
4
 
th
Study Period: Commence Major Sequence:
Choose a major sequence and complete the first Level 1 unit inaccordance with the recommended study pattern in the coursedescription.Note that one Study Skills unit (SSK unit) will count towards an undergraduate degree.
Students may be able to receive credit for previous studies conducted at other institutions. This would be subjectto a formal application process through the provider university.
 OUA Application for Scholarship for Displaced Students from Burma in ThailandPage 1 of 10October 2010
 
Degree Programs:
Following successful completion of the OUA Academic Transition Program, students can undertake anyundergraduate degree program that does not require attendance. Normally, this will be one of the followingprograms.
a.
Bachelor of Business (Swinburne)
– majors in Economics, Information and Business Systems,Marketing, and Tourism Management.
b.
Bachelor of Technology (Computing Studies) (RMIT)
c.
Bachelor of Arts (Griffith)
 – choice of eight majors.
d.
Bachelor of Arts (Macquarie) –
choice of four majors.
 e.Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) (Murdoch)
f.
Bachelor of Communication (Griffith)
– majors in Journalism, Media Communication, and PublicRelations.
g.
Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Griffith)
 – choice of three majors.
h.
Bachelor of Accounting (University of South Australia)
 Postgraduate students can make application for any program that does not require attendance.
Academic Progress:
Undergraduate students must successfully complete the OUA Academic Transition Program before beingawarded a full scholarship for the degree program of their choice.Undergraduate and postgraduate students must:
1.
maintain a pass rate of at least 50% of units, once four units have been attempted.2.be permitted no more than two attempts at each unit;3.not take a first study break of longer than two consecutive study periods, except where the offer schedule imposes a necessary longer break;4.seek written approval for any subsequent study breaks which are longer than one study period.Scholarship holders are required to abide by all the terms and conditions of the scholarship which will beoutlined in a contract letter signed by the student.
Eligibility Criteria:
 
Applicants must:
1.
be a displaced person from Burma, living in Thailand;
2.
have completed a Post Ten educational/ training program or have a minimum of 2 years of full time workexperience;
3.
be able to support themselves financially;4.demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English;
5.
demonstrate the motivation and capacity to successfully com4plete a university program;
6.
be computer literate and have regular access to a computer and the Internet for online study.
English Language Requirements:
For successful study, OUA recommends that international students wishing to study through OpenUniversities Australia achieve an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of atleast:
6.5 for undergraduate study
7.0 for postgraduate study
Selection Process:
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic record, application form, references, English languagetest and interview, indicating the applicant’s English language skills and capacity for university education.Equity in terms of age, ethnicity, location and gender will be taken into account.
How to apply
1.
Complete the OUA University Scholarship Application Form, including:
a.
your choice of study program – Business, IT, Arts or Humanities, or postgraduate course
 OUA Application for Scholarship for Displaced Students from Burma in ThailandPage 2 of 10October 2010
 
b.
essays 1, 2 and 3.
c.
copies of your current and all academic transcripts (if not available, explain why).
d.
copies of official documentation (the identifying pages of your passport or other official I.D. withEnglish translation). If no documents are available, please attach a short explanation.
e.
proof of your ethnicity from Burma with English translation. If no documents are available,please attach a short explanation.
f.
names of two (2) people whom you have asked to complete the Reference Forms: one, ateacher or academic advisor familiar with your academic capacity; the other a responsible adult,other than a family member, who knows you well.
2.
Email Application Forms to:
oua.scholarships@gmail.com3.Only online applications will be accepted.
4.
The closing date for receipt of applications is
27 October, 2010
5.
If selected for interview, attend interview and sit test on (date and place to be decided).
 Applicants must bring 1 set of copies of original documents to the interview 
.
6.
Successful candidates must attend an Orientation, and negotiate access to computer and Internet withthe Coordinator, before commencing study in early December, 2010..
7.
You will only be contacted by OUA Burma Project Scholarships Selection Team if you are successfulwith your application.
Application Timeline:
Application Deadline:27 October 2010Short Listed applicants informed:1-5 November 2010English Test:8 – 20 November 2010Interview and IT Test:8 – 20 November 2010Applicants Notified:and Accept offer:24 November 2010OUA Enrolments Close:26 November 2010Study Commencement date:13 December 2010
Additional Instructions
1.
Read the following pages carefully before you fill out the application, and make sure that you understandeverything. It may make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful application.
2.
NOTE: If one or more of the documents mentioned above is missing from your application, withoutexplanation, your application will be disqualified. If you expect a document to become available after yousubmit your application, please indica
3.
te this in a cover letter and send the missing document as soon as it becomes available.
4.
Inform us IMMEDIATELY of any change of address and contact number after you submit your application!Mr. Thein Naing
BApplSc GradDipEd MEd PhD Candidate
Academic Support Coordinator Open Universities Australiathein.naing@open.edu.au
 OUA Application for Scholarship for Displaced Students from Burma in ThailandPage 3 of 10October 2010
 
ONLY ONLINE APPLICATION WILL BEACCEPTED.

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