Ara Institute of Canterbury

About Ara Institute of Canterbury

About Ara

Ara Institute of Canterbury was formed in 2016 when CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic joined forces to create the largest provider of vocational and tertiary education in the South Island of New Zealand. 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 are work-ready when you graduate.

Why study with Ara?

A government-owned, NZQA category 1 institution, Ara has excellent facilities at campuses in Christchurch, Timaru, Ashburton and Oamaru. 17,000 students study with us each year, including 1800 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

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.

Why Ara Institute of Canterbury?

  • Ara Institute of Canterbury is the largest vocational training institute in the South Island of New Zealand which offers practical,hands on training and education in a supportive and welcoming environment
  • Established in 1906, Ara Institute of Canterbury has a average class size of 20 students

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

In addition to your tuition and insurance fees, you will need between $20,000 and $25,000 per year ($380–480 per week) for accommodation/rent, food expenses, transportation costs, phone bills, internet usage and entertainment. No matter what your tuition or course fee is, the average living expense will be same for everyone. Please note that these amounts are just recommendations, Immigration New Zealand requirement is $15,000 per year plus return airfare or 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

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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