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Ara Institute of Canterbury is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading tertiary institutes. Specialising in applied, vocational and professional training, it offers more than 150 courses from foundation to postgraduate level. 

Ara caters to a diverse range of learners; from school leavers and career changers to professionals wanting to upskill and individuals seeking to re-enter the workforce.

All Ara students benefit from the Ara Advantage: relevant courses, taught by inspirational mentors in real-life learning environments. Almost every Ara programme includes work-integrated learning. Work placements, apprenticeships, industry-based projects and internships ensure students are work-ready when they graduate.

Across its six campuses, Ara’s dedicated tutors and non-academic staff support students throughout their study journey. A comprehensive range of student services - such as financial assistance, learning support, health and wellbeing services, accommodation, childcare and student events – contributes to the success of every student.

It also has six additional small community hubs which deliver free digital upskilling and personal development courses.



Christchurch - City Campus

Located on the edge of Christchurch’s central business district, the City campus is Ara’s largest campus. It offers a wide selection of programmes and a broad range of facilities for students including a health centre, gym, indoor sports courts, library and several cafes. The City campus is conveniently located close supermarkets, shops, cafes, entertainment venues, parks, sports and facilities and it’s well serviced by public transport.

Christchurch - Woolston Campus

The Woolston campus in the east of the city is dedicated to trades training. It features modern, industry-standard workshops, classrooms and equipment. It also has many student facilities and services on site.

Ashburton Campus

The Ashburton campus is located west of the town centre, within walking distance from the town's shopping area, supermarkets, department stores and recreational facilities. Ashburton is a thriving rural town about one hour's drive south of Christchurch and is a great place for recreational pursuits, with ski fields, lakes and reserves within easy reach.

Oamaru Campus

The Oamaru campus is located on Humber Street, one block east of Oamaru's main shopping area. It’s within easy walking distance of supermarkets, department stores, coffee shops and Oamaru’s famous heritage precinct.

Timaru Campus

Located close to the city centre, Timaru is Ara’s largest South Canterbury campus. It has modern facilities and comprehensive services for students. The Timaru region offers an amazing range of leisure, cultural, sporting and adventure opportunities.

Christchurch - Manawa Campus

Located adjacent to Christchurch Public Hospital, Manawa is where Ara provides its health-related programmes such as nursing, medical imaging and midwifery. It features impressive facilities including a high-tech simulation suite, mock ward and home environments. Purpose-designed for health education, Manawa is shared with the Canterbury District Health Board and the University of Canterbury to facilitate collaboration between health professionals, researchers and students.

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