Ara Institute of Canterbury, formerly Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, is a major institute with campuses in Christchurch and Ashburton, offering a comprehensive range of programs across various disciplines.


  • Wide range of programs: 
Extensive options cater to diverse interests and career aspirations.
  • Strong industry focus: 
Curriculum development and guest lectures by industry professionals ensure career-relevant skills.
  • Variety of learning formats: 
Full-time, part-time, online, and blended learning options offer flexibility.
  • Fees-free options: 
Several programs are available under the Fees-Free program, making education accessible

Study Areas


  • Engineering Technology (Electrical)
  • Engineering Technology (Civil)
  • Engineering Technology (Mechanical)
  • Engineering (Electrical)
  • Engineering (Civil)
  • Engineering (Mechanical)
  • Engineering (Electronic)

Hair & Beauty

  • Beauty Therapy
  • Hairdressing
  • Wellness and Relaxation Massage
  • Salon Skills and more.


  • Osteopathy
  • Health Practice
  • Medical Imaging
  • Midwifery
  • Musculoskeletal Health
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Enrolled Nursing
  • Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services)
  • Exercise
  • Competency Assessment Programme (9 weeks) and more.

Languages & Education

  • English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) and more.

Outdoor Education

  • Sustainable Practice
  • Sustainability and Outdoor Education
  • Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multiskilled) and more.


  • Music
  • Music Theatre
  • Applied Visual Art
  • Performing Arts and more.


  • Laboratory Technology
  • Applied Science (with specialisations in Human Nutrition, Health
  • Promotion and Sport & Exercise Science)
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Animal Technology (with Veterinary Nursing Assistant strand)
  • Animal Management with Companion Animal strand and more.

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