It was founded in 1996 as a non-profit public higher education institution in the city of Vientiane (population range of 500,000-1,000,000 people), Vientiane Prefecture. The National University of Laos is a public higher-education institution with a mission to educate the whole person. The National University of Laos (NUOL), which is officially recognized by the Ministry of Education of Laos, is a major (Topuniversitieslist enrolment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational Laotian higher education institution. Students at the National University of Laos (NUOL) may pursue courses and programs that will lead to legally recognized higher education degrees in a variety of fields of study, including bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees. For further information, please see the degree levels and fields of study matrix provided below by Topuniversitieslist. It is a selective admission strategy based on entrance exams that distinguishes this 23-year-old Laotian higher-education institution. International candidates are able to submit an application for admission. A variety of academic and non-academic facilities and services are available to students at NUOL. These include a library, housing, sports facilities, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services. NUOL also offers a variety of academic and non-academic facilities and services to students.