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Ara Institute of Canterbury

Number of students

25000 approx

International students

1700 approx



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With over 2,500 staff and over 100 years' experience, Ara Institute of Canterbury is one of New Zealand's largest tertiary institutions. We are a government guaranteed institution with a reputation for providing high quality degree, diploma, certificate and English programmes.

Ara provides a personalised learning experience; one that is flexible and respectful of our students' educational needs and career goals. We help you to succeed with your studies and make the most of the time you spend living in New Zealand. You will enjoy classes with a low student-to-staff ratio and easy access to our impressive purpose-built facilities. Our focus is always on balancing theory with practical learning to ensure you're work-ready when you graduate

Ara has excellent facilities at campuses in Christchurch, Timaru, Ashburton and Oamaru. 17,000 students study with us each year, including 1,800 international students.

We offer:

  • Internationally recognised degrees and postgraduate qualifications in a wide range of subjects
  • Tutors with years of real-world experience and industry contacts
  • Small class sizes (you will get to know your tutors and they will get to know you)
  • Skills employers want (you will be work-ready upon graduation)
  • Work placement opportunities that prepare you for the realities of the job

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Contact details


Ara Institute of Canterbury
City Campus, 130 Madras Street
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Phone number

+64 3 940 8000


Manawa Campus, Timaru Campus, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Ashburton Campus

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