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.
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.
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.
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 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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.
(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|
|Visit to doctor||$45–$85|
|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|