Study in Laos PDR

Laos PDR Statistics


Capital:  Vientiane

Area:  236,800 sq km

Climate:  tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to November); dry season (December to April)

Population:  6,477,211 (July 2011 est.)

Languages:  Lao (official), French, English, and various ethnic languages


Government type: Communist state

National holiday: Republic Day, 2 December (1975)

Independence Day: 19 July 1949 (from France)

Currency: Kips (LAK); 1 USD = 8062.15 LAK; 100 LAK = 0.01 USD

GDP: $15.68 billion (2010 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP): $2,400 (2010 est.)

Information for Foreign Students in Laos

Obtaining a Visa

It is compulsory for all foreigners. A 15-day visa on arrival is now available for nationals arriving at Vientiane International Airport, Luang Prabang International Airport or Friendship Bridge; visas are not extendable. All visas are issued for single entry and must be used within two months of date of issue. However, we recommend you to contact the embassy and check visa requirements.


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All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilized. Any treatment must generally be paid for in cash. Health insurance is essential and should include cover for air evacuation.


ATMs are slowly being introduced, particularly in Vientiane, but do not rely on them. Major credit cards are accepted in the more upmarket hotels and restaurants only in Vientiane and Luang Prabang.


Public transport:

Keeping in touch

Internet cafes are located in the major towns and are increasingly spreading. High-speed connection is only available in places such as Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Roaming agreements exist with a few international mobile phone companies. Check with your service provider. Coverage is sporadic and mainly, though not exclusively, situated around Vientiane. The General Post Office (GPO) offers public telephones for national and international calls. There are also card phone booths available.

Official Selection of the Best Business Schools in Laos PDR

1 Palme Of Excellence LOCAL Reference

Rank Position in
Palmes’ League
Deans’ Recommendation
rate 2023

National University of Laos - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

1 83 ‰

Best Master’s programs in Laos PDR

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