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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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Pasifika Strategy

Our Pasifika Strategy outlines how we’ll support and create a thriving community of Pasifika teaching and learning practice at Ara.

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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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New Ara XI Shield announced in Metro Cricket partnership

New Ara XI Shield announced in Metro Cricket partnership

The Ara Shield is just one part of a comprehensive partnership agreement that aims to...

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 Age no barrier for student rep at Spring Graduation

Age no barrier for student rep at Spring Graduation

Forty-seven year old Cantabrian Michael Houghton believes that age need not be a barrier to...

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City campus landscaping work begins

City campus landscaping work begins

The next stage of the city campus' landscaping is about to begin....

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Nursing students moving to Manawa

Nursing students moving to Manawa

Ara nursing students completed their last lectures and practicals at the Ara City Campus on...

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Women of vision speak at Ara this Suffrage Week

Women of vision speak at Ara this Suffrage Week

Ara celebrates 125 years of Women’s Suffrage with talks by Christchurch leaders and innovators....

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Full STEAM ahead for Timaru Ideas Festival

Full STEAM ahead for Timaru Ideas Festival

The Ideas Festival will inspire students on Friday 28 September at Ara Institute of Canterbury’s...

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