Student Fee Protection Policy


New Zealand law requires all private training establishments (PTEs) that are registered with  (NZQA) the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to offer protection for student fees paid and other course-related costs.

International Culinary Studio uses Public Trust to act as independent trustee.

Student fees are protected as soon as the fees have been deposited with Public Trust. As students progress through the programmes at International Culinary Studio, fees are gradually paid to the school.

In the unlikely event that the school is unable to complete the course (due to course cancellation, school closure or insolvency), Public Trust will refund any fees owed to students or in the event of a student loan, the fees will then be reimbursed back to Studylink.

For more information about Fee Protect from Public Trust, visit http://www.publictrust.co.nz or phone Public Trust on 0800 494 733.


A 20% deposit is required before the commencement on any programme at International Culinary Studio. This covers the cost of the following:

  • Administration fee
  • Course Material
  • e-Learning Portal
  • Welcome Pack
  • Student Card

The remaining 80% of the fees will be divided into equal weekly or monthly instalments depending on the students individual choice of payment options, over the remaining duration of their programme.

The course fee when paid weekly or monthly will be paid after receiving their tuition for the period.


In line with the Education Act 1989, section 253, Student Fee Protection rules 2013, refunds will only be implemented in the following instances:

  1. Upon the death of a student.
  2. In the event that International Culinary Studio is unable to present the course or subject that the student has enrolled for, within 20 working days from the start date of the course.
  3. Upon the cancellation of a course by International Culinary Studio

An administration fee will be retained by International Culinary Studio, equivalent to 10% of the course fee.


International Culinary Studio reserves the right to assess the cancellation and refunds policy on an individual basis and make decisions outside of the bounds of this policy if and when required. Terms and Conditions apply.

This arrangement has been accepted by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority as meeting the requirements of the Education Ac 1989 and the Student Fee Protection Rules 2013.