Intensive English Language Program

The Intensive English Language Program (ILP) is for students newly arrived in Australia, participating in the IEL Program (IELP) is the most effective way of learning the English needed for living and studying in South Australia.

Within the IELP, the Department of Education and Child Development (DFEd) has primary Intensive English Language Centres (IELCs) and secondary and senior secondary New Arrivals Program (NAP) centres.

Each centre will:

  • prepare students for success in the school curriculum and develops their confidence to live in the Australian community.

This is achieved through:

  • Intensive English language support with specialist teachers of English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).
  • Involvement in the whole school curriculum.
  • Small classes.
  • A variety of activities within the school and the community, including excursions and social events.
  • Bilingual classroom support.

Interpreters, bilingual school services officers and community liaison officers are also available to support students and their families to communicate with school staff.

To be eligible for the IELP, students need to be enrolled within 12 months of arrival in Australia, or 18 months in the case of students entering reception or year 1.

Some categories of temporary visa holders are not eligible for the IELP, or may be required to pay a fee. Please contact the school for further information.


For more information about studying abroad in South Australia, please contact:

International Education Services

Department for Education

PO Box 1152, Adelaide SA 5001 | GFW, 31 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Telephone: +618 8226 3402        Fax: +618 8226 3655