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Ara Institute of Canterbury
Ara Institute of Canterbury
32 Arthur St
Timaru 7910
South Canterbury
New Zealand
03 687 1800
03 687 1809
0800 24 24 76
Ara Institute of Canterbury
Ara Institute of Canterbury

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


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Ara offers over 150 full time, part time and online programmes in a wide range of subjects and levels from certificates and diplomas through to degrees and graduate diplomas.

You can explore all our study options using the A to Z study directory and find out which programmes are available in Timaru here.

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Ara Institute of Canterbury

Timaru is a fantastic place to study. It provides a friendly environment, a relaxed pace of life and affordable living. It also places you on the doorstep of outdoor activities and scenery that attract visitors from all over the world. The region caters to everyone - whether you want to relax in natural hot pools, hike into the bush or take part in extreme sports.

Our Timaru campus features modern facilities and quality services for international students and is centrally located with shops, an aquatic centre, a hospital and bus/train station within easy reach.

In Timaru we offer a broad range of study options including nursing, food and hospitality, business, computing, outdoor education, trades and more.

Timaru campus at a glance

• Approved provider for pathway visas
• Centrally located and within easy reach of mountains, lakes, the sea and outdoor activities
• Great place to fully immerse yourself in the English language
• Small class sizes mean you receive more personal attention from tutors
• We have a dedicated team of international student advisors and staff who speak Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Bhutanese and Nepali among other languages

Why study at Ara?

You can study where you like
You can choose to study at our campuses in Timaru, Christchurch, Ashburton or Oamaru, or online.

You’ll learn from experts

Our tutors come from industry; they have years of real-world experience and contacts to share with you.

You’ll be treated as an individual
You’ll never just be a number or a face in the crowd. You’ll get to know your tutors and they’ll get to know you (and your needs).

You’ll be supported all the way
Whether you have academic or personal challenges affecting your study, or you need accommodation, transport, childcare, healthcare, disability support or career guidance, we have the staff and services to help.

You’ll be part of something special
At Ara you’ll enjoy a strong sense of belonging within an inclusive, multicultural environment.

You’ll become work-ready
We’ll teach you the skills employers want and give you work placement opportunities that prepare you for the realities of the job.

You can really go places

With an internationally recognised Ara qualification, the world is your oyster.

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