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You have to be at least 18 years old to study at Kingston Institute of Business & Technology.

Elementary (Level 1)

Pre-Intermediate (Level 2)

Intermediate (Level 3)

Upper-Intermediate (Level 4)

Exam Preparation (Level 4)

You will have 20 hours in-class study and 5 hours self-study each week.

Yes we can, accommodation placement fee will apply.

All international students studying in New Zealand must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance. Your insurance cover must commence before you get on a plane to New Zealand and be valid at least until the date your visa expires. If you do not have insurance, KIBT will arrange a Southern Cross Travel Insurance policy for you. Insurance is compulsory for all international students studying at KIBT and will be charged automatically unless you show us proof that alternative insurance that complies with the Code of Practice has already been arranged.

Please make sure you bring you original passport, valid visa and valid insurance certificate with you, so we can fully process your enrollment.

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 10.00 / Week 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
IELTS Exam Fee NZD 385.00 Applicable only to students who need to attend Offical IELTS Test

Students are required to attend all their classes and arrive on time. If are you absent you must email attendance@kingston.ac.nz and provide an explanation. 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.

You can start a course every Monday.

We have very small class size (8-12) which 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.

Yes, computers are available in the common room. Your teachers can recommend sites for you to continue your English study after class. You can also catch up on news from home or watch the latest videos on Youtube.

Please go to the reception and our staff will help you. It is free to print/copy your passport, visa or application form. If you have a lot of documents to print, please discuss them with our staff.

Kingston Institute participated in an External Evaluation and Review conducted by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority in 2016 which placed Kingston in Provider Category 2.

The statements of confidence were as follows:

  • NZQA is Confident in the Educational Performance of Academy Business Training NZ Limited (Trading as Kingston Institute of Business & Technology)
  • NZQA is Confident in the Capability in Self-Assessment of Academy Business Training NZ Limited (Trading as Kingston Institute of Business & Technology)

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