Mainstream programmes

Some Ara programmes have closing dates for international applications. Please refer to the programme page by following the links below to find the closing dates

All fees apply to international students. All fees are tuition only for 2020. Fees are in New Zealand dollars and include GST. The fee is the cost per year or the period of the programme if it is less than one year.

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

Foundation Studies

Title Duration Commences Tuition Fees
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Pre Health Pathway)

Full-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 2 years

February, July

$10,285

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Applied Science Pathway)

Full-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 2 years

February, July

$10,285

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Medical Imaging Pathway)

Full-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 2 years

February, July

$10,285

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Construction and Architectural Studies Pathway)

Full-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 2 years

February, July

$10,285

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Bachelor of Engineering Pathway)

Full-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 2 years

February, July

$10,285

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Business & ICT Pathway)

Full-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 2 years

February, July

$10,285

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) (Support Work and Social Work)

Full-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 2 years

February

$9,985

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Tourism and Hospitality Management Pathway)

Full time - 6 months, Part time available

February, July

$10,285

Architectural studies

Title Duration Commences Tuition Fees
Graduate Diploma in Construction Management (Level 7)

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

February, July

$22,580

Graduate Diploma in Quantity Surveying (Level 7)

Full-time, 1 year

February, July

$22,580

Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Full-time, 3 years

February

$22,580

Bachelor of Construction (with specialisations in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying) (Level 7)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 8 years

February, July

$22,580

New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology

Full time - 2 years

February

$21,900

New Zealand Diploma in Construction with strands in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying

Full-time, 2 years | Part-time up to 8 years

February, July

$21,900

New Zealand Diploma in Interior Design (Residential) (Level 5)

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

February

$22,580

Graduate Certificate in Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 2 years

February

$11,290

Art and Design

Title Duration Commences Tuition Fees
Graduate Certificate in Information Design (Level 7)

Part-time up to 3 years

February, July

Please enquire

Bachelor of Design (Photography)

Full-time, 3 years

February

$22,580

Bachelor of Design (Motion Design)

Full-time, 3 years

February

$22,580

Bachelor of Design (Applied Visual Art)

Full-time, 3 years

February

$22,580

Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design)

Full-time, 3 years

February

$22,580

Bachelor of Design (Fashion Technology and Design)

Full-time, 3 years

February

$22,580

New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5)

Full-time, 1 year

February

$22,580

New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5)

Full-time, 1 year

February

New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design

Full-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 3 years

July

$11,290

New Zealand Certificate in Creativity

Full-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 3 years

February, July

$11,290

New Zealand Certificate in Fashion

Full-time, 6 months

February

$11,290

Business

Title Duration Commences Tuition Fees
Graduate Diploma in Accounting

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

February, July

$20,690

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

February, July

$20,690

Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

February, July (part time only)

$20,690

Graduate Diploma in Business Transformation and Change

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

February, July

$20,690

Graduate Diploma in Event Management

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

February, July

$20,090

Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

February

$20,920

Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

February, July

$20,690

Graduate Diploma in Marketing and Sales

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

February, July

$20,690

Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

February, July

$20,690

Graduate Diploma in Project Management

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

February, July

$20,690

Graduate Diploma in Retail Management

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

Please enquire

Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Logistics

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

February, July

$20,690

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4)

Full-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 3 years

July

$9,690

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3)

Full time, 6 months | Part-time up to 3 years

February, July

$9,960

Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting - ACA/CA Pathway)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

February, July

$19,920

Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting - CPA Pathway)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

February, July

$19,920

Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

February, July

$19,920

Bachelor of Applied Management (Business Information Systems)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

February, July

$19,920

Bachelor of Applied Management (Event Management)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

February, July

$19,920

Bachelor of Applied Management (Human Resource Management)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

February, July

$19,920

Bachelor of Applied Management (Innovation and Entrepreneurship )

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

Please enquire

$19,920

Bachelor of Applied Management (Retail Management)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

Please enquire

$19,340

Bachelor of Applied Management (Marketing and Sales)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

February, July

$19,920

Bachelor of Applied Management (Supply Chain Logistics)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

February, July

$19,920

Bachelor of Applied Management (Operations and Production Management)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

February, July

$19,920

Bachelor of Applied Management (Project Management)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

February, July

$19,920

Bachelor of Applied Management (Business Transformation and Change)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

February, July

$19,920

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Project Management)

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 5 years

February, July

$19,920

Broadcasting and Media

Title Duration Commences Tuition Fees
Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications (Journalism)

Full-time, 3 years

February

$24,370

Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications (Screen and Television Production)

Full-time, 3 years

February

$24,370

Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications (Radio)

Full-time, 3 years

February

$24,370

New Zealand Certificate in Creativity

Full-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 3 years

February, July

$11,290

Computing and ICT

Title Duration Commences Tuition Fees
Graduate Diploma in Information and Communication Technologies

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 5 years

February, July

$22,000

Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 5 years

February, July

$21,240

New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration (Level 6)

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

February, July

$20,620

New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5)

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

February, July

$20,620

New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5)

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

February, July

$21,240

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4)

Full-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 2 years

February, July

$10,010

Engineering

Title Duration Commences Tuition Fees

Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Design

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

February, July

$22,580

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) (Electrical)

Full-time, 2 years | Part-time up to 5 years

February

$22,580

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) (Mechanical)

Full-time, 2 years | Part-time up to 5 years

February, July

$22,580

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) (Civil)

Full-time, 2 years | Part-time up to 5 years

February, July

$22,580

Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

February, July

$21,920

Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

February

$21,920

Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

February, July

$21,920

Food and Hospitality

Title Duration Commences Tuition Fees
Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

February

$20,920

Bachelor of International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Full-time, 3 years

February, July

$21,240

New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Management (Level 5)

Full-time, 1 year

February, July

$21,240

New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) with Cookery Strand

Full-time, 1 year

February, July

$21,240

New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) with Patisserie Strand

Full-time, 1 year

February

$21,240

Career Baker

Full-time, 1 year

February

$21,240

New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) with Barista and Café Service Strands

Full-time, 6 months

February, July

$10,620

New Zealand Certificate in Travel (Level 4)

Full-time, 6 months

July

$10,620

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

Full-time, 1 year

February (Christchurch and Timaru), July (Christchurch only)

$21,240

Hair and Beauty

Title Duration Commences Tuition Fees

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3)

Full-time, 1 year

February

$21,240

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) Level 4

Full-time, 1 year

February

Please Enquire

New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy

Full time - 1 year

February

$21240

New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering

Full time - 1 year

February

$21,240

Health

Title Duration Commences Tuition Fees
Bachelor of Nursing

Full-time, 3 years

Christchurch: February, July | Timaru: February

$23,040

Graduate Diploma in Nursing

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

February, August

$23,040

New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

Full-time, 18 months

March

$22,580

Bachelor of Midwifery

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time, 4 years (with approval)

January

$30,660

Bachelor of Medical Imaging

Full-time, 3 years

February

$23,040

Bachelor of Social Work

Full-time, 4 years | Part-time up to 10 years

February

$22,370

Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Health

Full-time, 3 years

February

$23,040

Competency Assessment Programme - Enrolled Nurse

Full-time, 9 weeks

January, June, October

$6,720

International languages

Title Duration Commences Tuition Fees
Bachelor of Language (Japanese)

Full-time, 3 years

February

$21,240

Certificate in Japanese

Full-time, 1 year

February

$21,240

Certificate in Japanese (Foundation)

Full-time, 6 months

February

$10,310

Outdoor Education

Title Duration Commences Tuition Fees
Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

February

$22,580

Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 6 years

February, July

$21,920

New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 4)

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

February, July

Master of Sustainable Practice

Full-time, 18 months | Part-time up to 4 years

February, July

$24,770

Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Practice

Full-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 18 months

February

$12,385

Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

February, July

$24,770

Performance

Title Duration Commences Tuition Fees
Bachelor of Music Arts

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 5 years

February

$21,900

Bachelor of Performing Arts (with optional specialisation in Music Theatre)

Full-time, 3 years

February

$21,900

New Zealand Certificate in Music (Level 4)

Full-time, 1 year

February

$21,900

Science

Title Duration Commences Tuition Fees

Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Technology

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

February, July

$23,030

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity and Health Promotion)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 6 years

February, July

$23,030

Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Nutrition)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 6 years

February, July

$23,030

Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport and Exercise Science)

Full-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 6 years

February, July

$23,030

New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6)

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

February, July

$20,570

New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 5)

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

February, July

$20,570

New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

Full-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 2 years

February

$20,690

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) with Veterinary Nursing Assistant Strand

Full-time, 1 year

February

$20,570

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management (Level 4) with Companion Animal Strand

Full-time, 1 year

February

$20,570

Other Fees

All students are required to pay the following services fees in addition to tuition fees

Student Services Levy per year

$320

Student Visas application fee and renewal

$255

English language administration fee

$250