Intensive English programs

English at an Intensive English Centre (IEC)

NSW government schools offer intensive English programs for students who need to improve their English.

Teaching takes place in a government school

The course introduces students to the Australian school system and provides intensive English language tuition, orientation and welfare support. This helps students adjust to their studies quickly.

Preparation for high school

Students generally study an intensive English program for approximately 20 weeks which includes a transition program that helps them successfully integrate into studies at their chosen secondary high school.

Students learn English through the key learning areas, including Maths, Science, History and Geography.

High quality teaching and learning

University-trained and fully qualified English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers provide lessons in English for key secondary high school subjects.

Students benefit from small classes (maximum of 18 students) and have access to electronic smart boards, computers, video and library facilities and modern language laboratories.

Support Services

  • Bi-lingual translators provide support to students in the classroom.
  • Team teaching programs offer students who need additional individual or small group support, especially in the initial phase of learning English.
  • Extension programs are offered to students who excel in learning.
  • Homework centres are available in most school libraries after school, allowing students to access extra free tuition if they require help with revision or homework.

Are there any minimum requirements?

You need to be at least 12 years of age to enrol in an IEC.

Your school reports must indicate you have studied English in your home country and achieved good grades in all subjects.

When can I start?

Our Intensive English Centres have four intakes a year, at the beginning of each school term.

View a calendar of term dates.

Where are the Intensive English Centres (IEC) located?

There are 14 Intensive English Centres located in selected NSW Government Schools throughout Sydney and Wollongong. There is also the Cleveland Street Intensive English High School in Sydney. Normally you are placed in the IEC closest to the school you have chosen for your studies.

Locate an Intensive English Centre on a map.

    How to apply

    To apply to study at an Intensive English Centre, complete Part 7 of your International students application.

    School locations

    Search for NSW government primary and high schools available for enrolment by international students or temporary residents:

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