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Yes, there is. To enhance your learning experience and make sure you get the most out of your time at Kingston it is important that every student has the core text book. Your teacher will also provide you with other material which complements this text. For this reason Kingston charges a Course Material Fee of $100 for every 15 weeks of study or part thereof.

Yes there are other fees, some of which only apply to certain options. See the chart below:

Fee Amount Conditions
Administration Fee NZD 200.00 Applicable to all students
Course Material Fee NZD 100.00 Applicable to all students
Airport Pick Up Fee NZD 100.00 Applicable only to students who need airport pick up
Homestay Placement Fee NZD 300.00 Applicable only to students who need homestay arrangement

Students are required  to attend all their classes and arrive on time. If are you absent you must call the school on 09 282 3343 before 11am to explain. If you miss any of your classes without contacting us our student welfare staff will follow up with you to check if everything is OK. If you are absent for three days or more because of illness you must give us a doctor’s certificate. If your attendance drops below 90% you will receive an official warning letter. If your attendance does not improve or drops below 80% your course will be terminated and the New Zealand Immigration Service informed. This is likely to result in cancellation of your student visa.

Any application for a refund must be made on the appropriate form, available at reception. The applicant will be notified of the result of the application within 10 working days of receipt of the application.   Where a refund is approved, payment will be made to the student’s account or third party account agreed to by the student. All fees are received and refunded in NZ dollars. Kingston Institute is not responsible for any currency fluctuation between enrolment and issuing of refunds. Notification will be sent to Immigration New Zealand that the student has withdrawn.

International students are entitled to a refund as follows:

Courses three months or more

If the course is of three months duration or more and the withdrawal occurs up to the end of the tenth working day after the first day on which Kingston Institute requires the student to attend the establishment. In such cases Kingston Institute may deduct up to 25 per cent of the fees paid, provided Kingston Institute incurred costs to this amount and can justify these costs.   (As per section 235A(1)(a) and (b) of the Education Act and as set out in the Education (Refund Requirements for International Students) Notice 2012.)

Courses five weeks or more but less than three months

If the course is of five weeks or more but less than three months and the withdrawal occurs up to the end of the fifth day after the start of the course. In such cases, Kingston Institute must pay an amount equal to the fees paid less a deduction of 25 per cent. (As per section 235A(1)(c) and (d) of the Education Act.)

Courses under five weeks

If the course is under five weeks and the withdrawal occurs up to the end of the second day after the start of the course. In such cases, Kingston Institute must pay an amount equal to the fees paid less a deduction of 50 per cent. However, if two days constitutes the full amount of tuition paid for by the student, Kingston Institute may retain 100 per cent of the payment. (As per section 235A(1)(c) and (d) of the Education Act.)

No refund is provided if a student:

  1. is excluded from study at KIBT for any reason (including inappropriate behaviour, poor attendance or inadequate academic progress).
  2. wishes to transfer to another school after the refund period.
  3. has their enrolment cancelled because the enrolment application is found to be inaccurate in any way.
  4. has his/her visa/permit to study at KIBT cancelled.
  5. seeks a refund of fees that have been paid after the start of the course and outside the refund period above.

Notes:

  1. If a student starts any course on an interim visa and their application for a student visa is declined, they are entitled to a full refund of fees paid less a deduction of the fees for the weeks they have studied.
  2. The first day of your course is shown on your offer of place letter.
  3. If KIBT is unable to proceed with the programme offered to a student, the tuition fee is refunded in full.
  4. If a student wishes to withdraw from homestay arranged through KIBT, they must provide at least two (2) weeks advance notice
  5. (either before they arrive in New Zealand or before the date on which they wish to leave the homestay accommodation).   Failure to provide this notice will result in two (2) weeks accommodation fees being forfeited. The homestay placement fee is non- refundable under any circumstances.
  6. If a student wishes to cancel a booked airport pick up, they must provide at least one (1) weeks’ notice before their arrival date and a full refund of the airport pick up fee will be given. Otherwise, the entire fee will be retained.
  7. KIBT will normally buy medical and travel insurance one week before the course start date for students who have paid their insurance fee at the same time as their tuition fee. A full refund of the insurance fee will be paid to the student if the student withdraws before the course starts. Students will be informed about the insurance fee refund policy if they request that KIBT buy the insurance earlier that one (1) week before the course starts.
  8. Notification will be sent to Immigration New Zealand that the student has withdrawn.

Yes, if you have good attendance and performance.

You can start a course every Monday.

The average is 10 students per class. We find this size is beneficial to developing communication skills but still allows for individual attention from the teacher.

Yes.  Ask for the password at reception.

Kingston’s teachers are experienced professionals with specialist qualifications in teaching English as a second language. They come from New Zealand, as well as from some other English-speaking countries, and will work with you to make sure you get the most out of your studies. At Kingston, we are very proud of the quality of our teaching.

Students from all over the world study at Kingston. You can expect to have classmates from France, Finland, Russia, Brazil, China, Korea, Japan, and Chile. We recently welcomed our first student from Nepal. By studying in a truly international environment you will improve your English and enrich your knowledge of other cultures.

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