Ara Institute of Canterbury is a vibrant, progressive, government-funded 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.

Their talented staff, innovative business collaborators and supportive community partners are passionate about the role they play in the students' success. Together, they're committed to equipping every student with the industry-relevant knowledge, skills and experience they need to get the job they want and to excel in it.
Its learning models and course content continually evolve to respond to industry and regional needs. To ensure our students have real-world experience, it offers an ever-expanding array of workplace training opportunities, internships, apprenticeships and partnerships with industry. And to meet demand for flexible study options, they offer an increasing range of online, blended delivery and part time programmes.
Why Ara?
These measures, combined with a low student-to-tutor ratio and comprehensive support services, ensure their students thrive in an inclusive, nurturing, flexible and technology-enhanced study environment where meaningful learning experiences are the norm.
And it means that when they head out into the world, our graduates are work-ready and equipped with internationally-relevant qualifications, valuable industry connections and skills that will enable them to contribute to a fast-changing world.

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A-Z Study Options

Explore your study options at Ara. It offers a wide range of qualifications in many subject areas. Enrolments are now open.

Pasifika Strategy

Their Pasifika Strategy outlines how they’ll support and create a thriving community of Pasifika teaching and learning practice at Ara.


Our Locations
  • Ashburton
    37 Alford Forest Road, Ashburton,
  • Christchurch
    130 Madras Street, Christchurch
  • Christchurch
    Ensors Road, Christchurch
  • Timaru
    32 Arthur Street