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Ara is the largest vocational training institute in the South Island of New Zealand. Our practical, hands-on learning is provided in a supportive, welcoming environment. When you graduate from Ara you'll be work ready for your chosen industry or profession, with the skills employers need. 

Ara adheres to The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 administered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Copies of the Code are available on request from Ara, or from the NZQA website.

Ara is an approved host institution for Fullbright US Graduate studies for the following programmes:

To help you prepare for your studies in New Zealand, additional information and support can be found at NauMai NZ.

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Online learning a hit with Russian student

Online learning a hit with Russian student

Viktor Cheremisov, a student living in Christchurch, but originally from Sochi in Southern Russia, came...

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International School of English celebrates 30 years

International School of English celebrates 30 years

Yesterday, current and former Ara staff got together to cut a cake, reflect on memories...

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Engineering student wins first inaugural Summer Sprint programme

Engineering student wins first inaugural Summer Sprint programme

An Ara Diploma in Mechanical Engineering student Sukhdeep Singh has just had the “greatest experience...

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Ara expands its English testing services

Ara expands its English testing services

Ara Institute of Canterbury has cemented its reputation as the leading English language testing centre...

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First female carpenter from Pacific Trades Partnership begins education in New Zealand

First female carpenter from Pacific Trades Partnership begins education in New Zealand

Ma’aola Fiupepe is starting an exciting new chapter; she has just arrived in New Zealand...

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Ara first to achieve near perfect nursing employment rate

Ara first to achieve near perfect nursing employment rate

99% of graduates in nursing employment is unprecedented in the sector....

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