Ara Institute of Canterbury

Ara Institute of Canterbury

CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic have formed a new organisation, Ara Institute of Canterbury, to provide vocational and applied tertiary education in the Canterbury region of New Zealand.  At the Ara Institute of Canterbury,   we believe in a personalised learning experience; one that is flexible and respectful of our students’ educational needs and career goals.  We help you to excel with your studies and make the most of the time you spend living in New Zealand.    Our focus is always on balancing theory with practical learning to ensure you are work-ready when you graduate.

The Ara Institute of Canterbury is one of the largest institutes of technology in New Zealand with five sites and a choice of more than 150 qualifications including degrees and graduate diplomas.  At the Ara Institute of Canterbury we specialise in education for employment; when you study with us you’ll gain skills, knowledge and practical experience, and you’ll graduate work-ready with a globally recognised qualification.

5 reasons to choose the Ara Institute of Canterbury

  1. Experienced tutors with extensive industry connections.
  2. Most programmes include work-integrated learning (up to 1400 hours for some qualifications)
  3. Classes are small so you’ll get to know your tutors and classmates well.
  4. The staff are committed to your success and we offer a comprehensive range of accessible student support services including international student advisors who speak several languages.
  5. Impressive purpose-built facilities.

Wherever in the world you come from, you will be welcomed into our inclusive community made up of staff and students from more than 50 countries.  You’ll also have many opportunities to enjoy free time in a safe, friendly region close to beautiful scenery and adventure pursuits.


English Courses

  • General English
  • Exam Preparation (IELTS, Cambridge)
  • English for Further Study
  • English + volunteering
  • Customised programs for groups

Vocational Training Courses

  • Architectural studies
  • Art and Design
  • Business
  • Broadcasting and Media
  • Computing and ICT
  • Engineering
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Health
  • Languages
  • Performance
  • Outdoor Education
  • Science


  • English Courses: Day
  • Vocational Training: Vary according to the program


Short term accommodation options

  • Homestay

For more information on Ara Institute of Canterbury, courses, promotions and how to apply, contact us MADRID, BARCELONA or AUSTRALIA








    Preferred partners

    Subscribe to our newsletters and receive the latest information
    on promotions, news, course information and much more.



    (61)0434 879 216

    Uso de cookies

    Este sitio web utiliza cookies para que usted tenga la mejor experiencia de usuario. Si continúa navegando está dando su consentimiento para la aceptación de las mencionadas cookies y la aceptación de nuestra política de cookies, pinche el enlace para mayor información.

    Aviso de cookies