Ara Institute of Canterbury Timaru

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Ara Institute of Canterbury Timaru

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    32 Arthur St, Timaru 7910, South Canterbury, New Zealand

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Welcome to the Timaru campus of Ara Institute of Canterbury

Whether you’re a school leaver taking the first steps towards a career, or you’re a mature learner seeking to upskill, change career or return to the workforce, Ara Institute of Canterbury has the study options and support services to help you achieve your goal.  There are five Ara Institute of Canterbury campuses across Canterbury (in Timaru, Ashburton, Oamaru and two in Christchurch) and an ever-increasing number of online, flexible part time and blended delivery study options.


We offer more than 150 study options in areas including engineering, trades, health, food and hospitality, art and design, business, computing, performing arts and outdoor education so you can pursue your passion.

Qualifications range from foundation courses through to degrees and graduate diplomas to suit your desired goal

International students

We look forward to welcoming international students again as borders and restrictions ease in the post-COVID environment. Timaru is a fantastic place to study.  Our Timaru campus features modern facilities and quality services for international students and is centrally located with shops, an aquatic centre, a hospital and bus/train station within easy reach.

Why choose Ara Institute of Canterbury in Timaru

Learn from experts, be treated as an individual, never just be a number or a face in the crowd, be supported all the way, be part of something special, become work-ready, you can really go places:  With an internationally recognised Ara Institute of Canterbury qualification, the world is your oyster.


Whatever path you wish to pursue, we’ll pull out all the stops to help you achieve your goal. We look forward to welcoming you into our friendly and vibrant community.



Timaru study options

Study options at the Timaru campus

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Timaru campus map

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International students

We have a dedicated team of international student advisors and staff who speak Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Bhutanese and Nepali among other languages

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Services & support

We’re here to help you on your study journey

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A bit about Ara

Ara Institute of Canterbury is one of the top-ranked tertiary institutes in the country, so you can be assured of studying at one of New Zealand’s best.

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How to Apply

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