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Ara Institute of Canterbury

About Ara Institute of Canterbury

About Ara

The Ara Institute of Canterbury is the largest vocational training facility in New Zealand's South Island. It is a thriving, active, and government-funded tertiary institution that provides world-class university education throughout the Canterbury and Waitaki districts. It was founded in 2016 when education providers CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic merged, bringing together two prestigious associations with over 200 years of combined expertise and accomplishment.

The professional personnel, innovative corporate partners, and committed community partners are enthusiastic about their role in students' achievement. The organisation as a whole is dedicated on providing each student with the business-related information, skills, and experience they need to get the job they want and to perform well in it. Its learning models and course content are updated on a regular basis to keep up with industry changes.

Ara offers a growing number of workplace training opportunities, internships, apprenticeships, and industry partnerships to ensure that students get real-world experience. It also provides an expanding range of online, mixed delivery, and part-time programmes to meet the need for flexible learning alternatives. The Ara Institute of Canterbury has six locations across the South Island. It offers certifications, diplomas, degrees, and graduate qualifications that are nationally recognised and remarkable.

The practical, hands-on training takes place in a welcoming, friendly setting. When students graduate from Ara, they will be job-ready in their chosen industry or career, with the skills that businesses require. The Ara Institute of Canterbury is successfully seeking out and using new innovative technology in the classroom. Simulations, iPhones, virtual reality technologies, and software provide students an advantage in their study. Ara follows the New Zealand Qualifications Authority's (NZQA) Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016.

Why study with Ara?

Ara is a government-owned, NZQA category 1 institution with campuses in Christchurch, Timaru, Ashburton, and Oamaru. Every year, we enrol 17,000 students, including 1800 overseas students.

We offer:

  • Degrees and postgraduate qualifications in a wide range of topics that are internationally recognised.
  • Tutors with years of practical expertise and connections in the industry.
  • Class sizes are kept small (you will get to know your tutors and they will get to know you).
  • Employers are looking for certain skills (you will be work-ready upon graduation).
  • Opportunities for work placement that will prepare you for the reality of the job.

Christchurch - City Campus

The City campus is Ara's largest campus, located on the outskirts of Christchurch's central business district. It provides a wide range of programmes and services for students, including a health centre, gym, indoor sports courts, library, and various eateries. The City campus is adjacent to supermarkets, stores, cafes, entertainment venues, parks, sports, and amenities, and is well-served by public transportation.

Christchurch - Woolston Campus

The Woolston campus, located in the city's east end, is dedicated to trades education. Workshops, classrooms, and equipment are all up to industry standards. On-site student amenities and services are also available.

Ashburton Campus

The Ashburton campus lies west of the town centre, close to the town's shopping district, supermarkets, department shops, and recreational amenities. Ashburton is a bustling rural town around an hour south of Christchurch, and it's a fantastic place for recreational interests, with ski fields, lakes, and reserves all within easy driving distance.

Oamaru Campus

The Oamaru campus is one block east of Oamaru's major shopping district on Humber Street. Supermarkets, retail stores, coffee shops, and Oamaru's famous heritage precinct are all within easy walking distance.

Timaru Campus

Timaru is Ara's largest South Canterbury campus, located close to the city centre. It features state-of-the-art facilities and offers a wide range of services to students. Timaru is home to a diverse range of leisure, cultural, athletic, and adventure activities.

Why Ara Institute of Canterbury?

  • The Ara Institute of Canterbury is New Zealand's largest vocational training institute, providing practical, hands-on training and education in a supportive and inviting environment.
  • Ara Institute of Canterbury, founded in 1906, has an average class size of 20 pupils.

Ara Institute of Canterbury English Language Requirments

Internationally recognised proficiency tests Programme Level and required outcome 
Certificate at Level 3 Certificate at Level 4 Certificate or Diploma at Level 5 Certificate or Diploma at Level 6
Diploma or degree at Level 7
Graduate Certificate or Diploma at Level 7
Post-graduate Diploma or Post-graduate Certificate at Level 8
Bachelor Honours Degree at Level 8
Master’s Degree at Level 9
Doctoral Degree at Level 10
IELTS test General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6
TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) where the test was carried out prior to 1 October 2017 Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE) Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE) Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE) Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE) Score of 590 (with an essay score 5.5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14) Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14) Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14) Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18) Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)
Cambridge English Qualifications B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill; B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill; C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill;
OET Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests Minimum of Grade C+ or 300 in all sub-tests
NZCEL
a) Expiring
b) Current
a) Level 3 (General) or (Workplace)
b) Level 3 (General)
a) Level 3 (Academic)
b) Level 3 (Applied)
a) Level 4 (General) or (Workplace)
b) Level 4 (General) or (Employment)
a) Level 4 (Academic)
b) Level 4 (Academic)
a) Level 5 (Academic) or (Professional)
b) Level 5
Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36 PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36 PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36 PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42 PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50
LanguageCert B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
Trinity ISE ISE I with no less than distinction in any band ISE II with no less than pass in any band ISE II with no less than merit in any band ISE II with no less than distinction in any band ISE III with no less than pass in any band

Ara Institute of Canterbury Tuition Fees

Courses Duration Tuition Fees
Engineering (2 Courses) 2 Year - 3 Year NZD 20860 - NZD 21280
Science (1 Courses) 1 year NZD 21280
Arts (1 Courses) 3 year NZD 21280
Hospitality & Tourism (3 Courses) 1 Year - 2 Year NZD 19150 - NZD 19500
Information Technology (IT) (1 Courses) 1 year NZD 19630
Banking & Finance (1 Courses) 1 year NZD 19500
Management (6 Courses) 1 year NZD 18400 - NZD 20090

New Zealand Living Expenses

You'll require between $20,000 and $25,000 a year ($380–480 per week) for housing/rent, food, transportation, phone bills, internet usage, and entertainment, in addition to your tuition and insurance fees. The average living expense will be the same for everyone, regardless of their tuition or course price. Please keep in mind that these are only suggestions; the Immigration New Zealand requirement is $15,000 per year including return travel or an additional $2,000.

General expenses Cost
(in NZ dollars)
Rent (per month) $800–$950
Groceries (per week) $100–$150
Gym membership (per year) $300
Entertainment (per week) $50
Milk (per litre) $3
Coca Cola (per can) $2
Cup of Coffee $3–$5
Lunch from University food hall or campus café $7–$12
Local calls made from a cell-phone $0.50–$1.50
Taxi - 5 km ride $10–$12
Movie ticket $10–$14
Visit to doctor $45–$85

Know more about Studying in New Zealand

Tuition Fees in New Zealand (1st Year Average) BE/Btech NZD 24605 | MBA NZD 25694| MS NZD 29178 | BSc NZD 30702 | BBA NZD 22863 | MEng NZD 41589 | MIM NZD 34186 | MFin NZD 142025
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in New Zealand NZD 1250 Per Month
Entrance Exams in New Zealand TOEFL: 74 | IELTS: 6 |PTE: 53
Work and Study in New Zealand Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in New Zealand One to Three Years Depending on the Region.
Cost of Student Visa in New Zealand NZD 295
Student Visa in New Zealand If a student wants to study full time in New Zealand for more than three months, and is willing to pay the full cost of the course, Fee-Paying Student Visa is for him/her.
Intakes in New Zealand There are Two Main Intakes in New Zealand: January Intake and July Intake.
Top Job Sectors in New Zealand Engineering, Software Developing/Programming, Medicine, Education, Accounts, Electrician, Automotive Technician, etc.
Economy in New Zealand Growth Rate of 2.8% (2018), 2.5% (2019e), 2.7% (2020e), 22nd Largest in the World by Nominal

Average Tuition Fee Per Year

Undergraduate

$ 19,700

Postgraduate

$ 28,850

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

$ 13,700

Campus accommodation

$ 10,990

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.

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