Student life

Check out the Christchurch photo gallery.
Check out the Christchurch photo gallery.
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We have great cafes on campus and our calendar regularly features exciting opportunities to make friends and practice your English with New Zealanders and other international students. You can join in our cultural festivities, forums, exhibitions, gigs and shows, and attend concerts and events hosted by other groups in our venues.

Based in the central South Island of New Zealand with 5 campus locations, we offer international students the opportunity to combine their study with the stunning scenery and friendly lifestyle of the South Island and experience real New Zealand culture.

Tsumuki Tanaguchi  |  Japan
Diploma in Professional Photography
Tsumuki

Tsumuki Tanaguchi's ambition is to become a professional photographer. To make his dream a reality, he chose to study at CPIT (now Ara Institute of ...

Tsumuki Tanaguchi's ambition is to become a professional photographer. To make his dream a reality, he chose to study at CPIT (now Ara Institute of Canterbury).

"To be a professional photographer is really hard," he says. "However, the tutors here do as much as they can to help us be the best photographers and business people we can be."

Tsumuki says he likes the fact that the majority of his classes and workshops are skills-based. "The programme is very hands-on and I can learn a lot of skills quickly. I enjoy that."

Originally from Japan, Tsumuki enjoys studying in Christchurch. "It's not a big city and I think it's a really good place to have a student life. People here are friendly and relaxed."

Tsumuki's skills as a photographer were recently recognised with a silver award at the 2014 New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers' annual IRIS awards. He says another highlight of his study has been the people he's met through his projects. "They were inspiring and really fun to work with.

As he looks ahead to a career in photography, Tsumuki is keen to encourage others to study towards their goals at Ara. "If you need skills to achieve your dream, this is one of the best places in New Zealand."

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Natsuho Suto  |  Japan
Certificate in English as an Additional Language
image of Natsuho Suto

Japanese university student Natsuho Suto is determined to learn English. "I want to study English hard," she says. "It's really important for me because I ...

Japanese university student Natsuho Suto is determined to learn English. "I want to study English hard," she says. "It's really important for me because I want to use English to help foreign tourists in Japan."

Natsuho worked part time at a restaurant while at university to save money to come to New Zealand. CPIT (now Ara Institute of Canterbury) is a sister school to Natsuho's university in Japan so it was an obvious place to come.

"It's very nice here. I can learn really useful English which I can't in my country, and I can practise speaking it. The teachers are really kind, I can count on them."

Natsuho has enjoyed meeting people from all over the world here. "One of the best things is the chance to talk to friends from many different countries."

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