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Ara Institute of Canterbury is one of New Zealand's largest tertiary institutions , has five campuses throughout the Canterbury region (two in Christchurch and one each in Ashburton, Timaru and Oamaru), making it the largest tertiary institute in the South Island.

 All Ara programmes - whether foundation, certificate, diploma, degree or graduate diploma - have a strong emphasis on work-integration and are structured on the requirements of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

Ara Institute of Canterbury is a progressive tertiary institute providing world-class, tertiary-level education throughout the Canterbury and Waitaki region. Ara was created in 2016 when education providers CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic merged, bringing together two well-established organisations and over 200 years of collective experience and success .

The Ara experience is all about learning, respect, innovation, connection and success. Ara tutors have years of professional experience and extensive industry connections. Most programmes include work-integrated learning (up to 1400 hours for some qualifications) and its course completion rate is among the highest in New Zealand

Each year around over 19,000 students enrol at Ara campuses throughout the Canterbury and Waitaki region in order to excel in their chosen field or to qualify for further study either in New Zealand or in their home country. International students make up 12% of students at Ara and more than fifty different nationalities are represented.

Ara Institute of Canterbury’s desire for educational excellence is single-minded, and its delivery is world-class. The institute will empower you with work-ready skills, and give you the tools and confidence to succeed in your chosen career, anywhere in the world.



Certificate at Level 3       General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5

Certificate at Level 4       General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5

Certificate or Diploma at Level 5          Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5

Certificate or Diploma at Level 6 or 7 Degree at Level 7 Graduate Certificate or Diploma at Level 7

Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5

Post graduate Certificate or Diploma at Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree at Level 8 Master's Degree at Level 9 Doctoral Degree at Level 10

Academic Score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6

 Diploma level programmes equivalent to New Zealand NCEA Level 2 (Year 12) or equivalent  :

                                    Higher Secondary Certificate with passes of 60% in each subject

Bachelor degree level programmes equivalent to New Zealand NCEA Level 3 (Year 13) or equivalent :

                                  All India Senior School Certificate or equivalent, with passes of 75% in each subject


Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Architectural Technology)                       

Diploma in Interior Design (Residential)                 

New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology                          

New Zealand Diploma in Construction with strands in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying                           


Bachelor of Design (Applied Visual Art)                  

Bachelor of Design (Motion Design)                        

Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design)

Diploma in Digital Photography Level 6

 Diploma in Digital Photography Level 5

Diploma in Arts and Media (Digital Design and Photography) Level 6

Diploma in Arts and Media (Digital Design and Photography) Level 5

Diploma in Arts and Media (Visual Arts and Design) Level 6

Diploma in Arts and Media (Visual Arts and Design) Level 5

Certificate in Fashion Technology and Design                                    


Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting)                 

Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting - ACA/CA Pathway)                           

Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting - CPA Foundation Pathway)                           

Bachelor of Applied Management (Business Information Systems)                            

Bachelor of Applied Management (Business Transformation and Change)                             

Bachelor of Applied Management (Event Management)                 

Bachelor of Applied Management (Human Resource Management)                         

Bachelor of Applied Management (Innovation and Entrepreneurship )                    

Bachelor of Applied Management (Operations and Production Management)                      

Bachelor of Applied Management (Project Management)                             

Bachelor of Applied Management (Sales and Marketing)                              

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management                        

Graduate Diploma in Accounting                             

Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems                        

Graduate Diploma in Business Transformation and Change                         

Graduate Diploma in Event Management                            

Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management                      

Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management                   

Graduate Diploma in Innovation and Entrepreneurship                   

Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management                  

Graduate Diploma in Project Management                          

Graduate Diploma in Sales and Marketing                                                         

Diploma in Human Resource Management                          

Diploma in Business                      

Diploma in Marketing                   

Diploma In Accounting                 

IMNZ Diploma in Management                 

IMNZ Diploma in Management (Advanced)                         

New Zealand Diploma in Business                                                                        

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4)                   


Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications (Broadcast Journalism)                           

Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications (Screen and Television Production)                    

Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications (Radio Broadcasting) 

Certificate in Media Communications Level 4      


Graduate Diploma in ICT - Information Systems and Strategies

 Graduate Diploma in ICT - Networking 1 year

Graduate Diploma in ICT - Software Engineering

Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies

New Zealand Diploma in Networking – Level 6

Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support – Level 5

New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Practitioner (with strands)

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials                                   


Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical)                 

Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical)                            

Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil)                          

Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Design                                                                 

Diploma in Computer Aided Design                        


Hospitality & Travel:

 Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

Bachelor of Applied Management (Hospitality Management)

Bachelor of International Tourism and Hospitality Management

National Diploma in Hospitality Management Level 5 & 6

New Zealand Certificates in Tourism and Travel Level 3 & 4

 New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service Level 3 & 4

Cookery & Chef Training:

 New Zealand Certificate in Cookery and New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) – Cookery Strand

 New Zealand Certificate in Cookery and New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) – Patisserie Strand

New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) (Career Baker)

Hair & Beauty:

Diploma in Beauty Therapies and Epilation Level 5

Certificate in Beauty Therapy Level 4

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support)

 New Zealand Certificate in Salon Skills (Introductory)                                    


Graduate Diploma in Health

Graduate Diploma in Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing (Articulated with University of Canterbury Master of Health Science)

Bachelor of Medical Imaging

Bachelor of Midwifery

Bachelor of Social Work

New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

Certificate in Human Services                                                  


Bachelor of Language (Japanese)                             

Certificate in Japanese                 

Certificate in Japanese (Foundation)                       


Bachelor of Performing Arts (Music Theatre)                      

Bachelor of Music Arts                 

Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance               


Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education                            

Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Outdoor Education                         

Graduate Certificate of Environmental and Outdoor Leadership                 

Diploma in Environmental and Outdoor Leadership

Diploma in Outdoor Education Level 6

Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Management Level 5

Certificate in Outdoor Recreation Level 4


Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Nutrition)                  

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity and Health Promotion)                      

Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport and Exercise Science)                              

Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition                  

Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science               

Graduate Diploma in Physical Activity, Health and Wellness                         

Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Technology

New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science Level 5

New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science Level 6

 New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Level 6

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology Level 5 Strand: Veterinary Nursing Assistant

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management Level 4                                              

Certificate in Fitness




                 Art (through Wintec)

                 Health Science


 Post Graduate Diploma in:

                   Health Science


 Post Graduate Certificate in:

                  Health Science



One of the most important choices you need to make when coming to Ara is where to live. Options for you to consider include flatting, private board or homestay accommodation with a local family.

 If you are an international student visiting New Zealand for the first time, you are strongly recommended to apply for homestay accommodation. Not only does a homestay provide a warm family environment with your own room and meals provided, it gives you the opportunity to assimilate into the New Zealand way of life by becoming part of a New Zealand family.

For further information about homestays in Christchurch or Timaru, please contact the New Zealand Education Advisor Services at Ara Institute of Canterbury.

You may choose to stay with your host family for the duration of your studies, move into a furnished hostel or set up an apartment with friends.

 Otautahi House is a modern apartment complex opposite the City campus. It has 36 apartments accommodating 192 Ara students. As a resident at Otautahi House you’ll enjoy the friendship of fellow residents from a range of backgrounds, places and programmes of study. You’ll share experiences together, like flatting for the first time and exploring a new city. You and your flatmates have the flexibility to organise your own shopping and cooking rosters. Some cleaning services are provided, and pastoral care from designated Ara staff is always available.

Quick Facts





Fees ranges from 18,770 NZ$ to 21,280 NZ$ . It depends on your course.


In order to live comfortably while you are in Newzealand , you will need to have about $NZ15,000-17,000 per academic year (40 weeks) available for living costs, above the cost of your tuition. You will need to budget more than this if you are planning to stay for a calendar year.



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City campus, 130 Madras Street, CHRISTCHURCH, Christchurch Central, Canterburry, New Zealand, 8140

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