Ara Institute of Canterbury Timaru

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 Ara Institute of Canterbury, Timaru

Whether you’re fresh out of school, seeking a new direction, or just keen to get ahead in the workplace, we have courses and qualifications that can really take you places. We know this, because our graduates can be found working and making a difference across the globe, throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and right here in South Canterbury.

The Ara Advantage

Our goal is to advantage you with courses that matter, taught by inspirational mentors, in real-life learning environments so that by the time you graduate, you’re confident, work ready and equipped to succeed – wherever life may take you.

With campuses across Canterbury, plus more than 150 full-time, part-time, online, blended and distance learning options, we provide as much flexibility as possible to help you fit study around work, family and other commitments.

At Ara you’ll be treated as an individual and never just be a face in the crowd. Your tutors and other Ara staff will get to know you, and because our class sizes are generally small, you’ll get to know your classmates too.

You’ll be supported all the way with an extensive array of student services and specialist support staff. You’ll enjoy a strong sense of belonging within an inclusive, multicultural environment.


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.




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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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About Us

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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