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Community study

Our Ara Connect community hubs bring a range of free and low-cost courses to neighbourhoods across the Canterbury region.

Our sites are conveniently located for easy access.

You can gain a formal qualification for employment, learn the fundamentals of computing and business, or equip yourself with useful job hunting skills. We allow you to do all this at your own pace, in a friendly environment with the support of experienced tutors.

Click here to explore the range of courses and programmes available


Take the next step at Ara Institute of Canterbury.

Locations and opening hours

Opening hours and session times vary depending on location, see timetables below:

How to apply

Choose the course or programme you'd like to do, then call or email us at 0800 24 24 76 or to enrol and book your first class.

Note: please remember to take your passport or birth certificate with you (also marriage certificate, if your name has changed) so we can enrol you straight away.

Terms and conditions

Opening hours and class times are subject to change. Students will be notified during class time of any changes in advance.

You must be 16 years or older and a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

Class numbers are limited so enrolment bookings will be on a first come, first served basis.

Getting started

It's easy. Choose the course you'd like to do, then drop into one of our community hubs to enrol in your first class or phone us on 0800 24 24 76 for more information.