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Ara Institute of Canterbury - Te Pūkenga

Ara Institute of Canterbury - Te Pūkenga

Conveniently located in the Christchurch city centre, Ara Institute of Canterbury - Te Pūkenga is the largest institute of technology in the South Island. Ara provides a personalised learning experience, one that is flexible and respectful of our students’ educational needs and career goals. We help you succeed with your studies and make the most of the time you spend living in New Zealand.

You will enjoy classes with a low student-to-staff ratio and easy access to our impressive purpose-built modern facilities. Our focus is always on balancing theory with practical learning to ensure you are work-ready when you graduate. The teaching staff at Ara have years of real-world experience and industry contacts so they teach you skills that employers are looking for. Work placement opportunities during your study prepare you for the realities of the job. We are proud of our NZQA Category 1 status of Highly Confident/Highly Confident. You can follow a seamless pathway of study at Ara with programmes ranging from English Language studies to Foundation studies, diplomas, undergraduate degrees, graduate and post graduate qualifications. We look forward to welcoming and supporting you through your studies at Ara.


  • Homestay
  • Residential Village (Halls of Residence)

Course Highlights

  • English Language
  • Foundation Study Pathways
  • Nursing and Post Graduate Health Science
  • Sustainable Practice
  • Architectural Studies, Quantity Surveying and Construction Management
  • Cookery, Tourism & Hospitality Management
  • Laboratory Technology
  • Engineering Technology
  • Computing & ICT
  • Commerce & Business
  • Broadcasting Communications
  • Performing Arts & Musical Arts
  • Fashion
  • Art & Design
  • Outdoor Education

Student Numbers

International Students: 978
Total Number Students: 17000