Welcome to Ara Institute of Canterbury
Whether you’re a school leaver taking the first steps towards a career, or you’re a mature learner seeking to upskill, change career or return to the workforce, Ara Institute of Canterbury has the study options and support services to help you achieve your goal.
Your success is our priority. We’re committed to ensuring that your learning experience is a positive one and that you graduate work-ready with all the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience you need to enjoy a successful career, anywhere.
As the largest tertiary institute in the South Island, and one of the top-ranking institutes in New Zealand, we have the facilities, expertise, industry partnerships and experience to help you get to where you want to be. This is backed up by our students’ high course completion rate, high satisfaction rate, and their success in gaining relevant employment after graduating.
When you study at Ara you’ll be encouraged and supported by staff and tutors who are committed to your wellbeing and success. You’ll have access to modern learning environments, comprehensive student services and real-world work placement opportunities. You’ll also have unlimited opportunities to participate in student life, and to make lasting friendships with students and tutors from around the world.
Whatever path you wish to pursue, we’ll pull out all the stops to help you achieve your goal. We look forward to welcoming you into our friendly and vibrant community.
Ara at a glance
Ara is one of the top-ranked tertiary institutes in the country, so you can be assured of studying at one of New Zealand’s best.
It is government-owned and funded, providing you certainty of a strong and stable institution
There are five Ara campuses across Canterbury (in Timaru, Ashburton, Oamaru and two in Christchurch) so you can choose a location that suits you
Our focus is on equipping students with industry-relevant knowledge and hands-on skills for employment, giving you the best chance of being ready for work.
We offer more than 150 study options in areas including engineering, trades, health, food and hospitality, art and design, business, computing, performing arts and outdoor education so you can pursue your passion.
Qualifications range from foundation courses through to degrees and graduate diplomas to suit your desired goal
Our tutors combine expertise and industry experience with a passion for teaching to deliver superior learning outcomes within a supportive and inclusive environment that enables you to flourish.
We provide an ever-increasing number of online, flexible part time and blended delivery study options.
Through collaborations with industry, we are able to offer valuable workplace training and apprenticeship opportunities.
We provide comprehensive student support services designed to ensure study success and a memorable student experience.
To learn more about Ara Institute of Canterbury:
call 0800 24 24 76