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Take a walk around any of our campuses and you'll discover a diverse and welcoming environment where staff and students from throughout New Zealand and around the world meet, mix and mingle.

You'll discover a wide range of facilities like gyms, libraries and health centres, and you'll come across all manner of student events, activities and exhibitions.

There are places to catch up with friends and fellow students, like on-campus cafes and even training restaurants where you can savour fabulous, affordable meals prepared by trainee chefs and served by hospitality students.

And if you're seeking assistance, you'll find it; whether it's directions to your classroom, a recommendation for a great coffee, or expert guidance on student finance, accommodation or career opportunities.

Sustainability

The sustainability of our world is the major issue of our times. For everyone, the time for action is right now.

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A-Z Study Options

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

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Future me quiz

Take our Future Me quiz to find out what type of job/career you could have in the future.

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Services and support

At Ara we are committed to helping you achieve your study goals and enabling you to make the most of your time with us.

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Student exchange

Whether you are cosidering studying in New Zealand or studying overseas, find out your student exchange options now.

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Graduation

Graduation is a celebration of your academic achievement which can be shared with family, friends, fellow students and the whole Ara community.

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Idea + skills + gallery >> artwork @ Ara

Idea + skills + gallery >> artwork @ Ara

Folina Vili is one of the students are on hand to assist at the ArtBox...

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Timaru bakery opens days after last class

Timaru bakery opens days after last class

After working for more than 30 years in elderly care Cushla Hodge decided to follow...

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Coast to coast winner had ‘zero expectations’

Coast to coast winner had ‘zero expectations’

Yet Ara Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education graduate Kathryn Bunckenburg won top place in...

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Ara leads polytechnic sector - top ranking in NZQA report

Ara leads polytechnic sector - top ranking in NZQA report

Ara Institute of Canterbury has achieved the highest ranking in the New Zealand Qualifications Authority...

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Ara grows relationships with Japan

Ara grows relationships with Japan

Ara Institute of Canterbury continues to develop a network of relationships with Japanese institutions following...

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Ara Chief Executive retirement announced

Ara Chief Executive retirement announced

After 40 years in the tertiary education sector Kay Giles, Ara Chief Executive, is to...

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