christchurch polytechnic

ARA courses

ARA based in Christchurch, New Zealand is an inspiring place that changes lives. They support and empower people to succeed because of their belief that when an individual succeeds, the whole community benefits.

ARA is focused on real-world learning and sustainable career outcomes. They have some of the most talented teachers and staff, innovative business collaborators and supportive community partners around, all are passionate about the role they play in each student’s success.

They have five campuses throughout the central South Island of New Zealand namely Ashburton, Christchurch – Ensors Road, Christchurch – Madras Street, Oamaru & Timaru. ARA, offers nationally recognised and highly regarded certificates, diplomas, degrees and graduate qualifications.

Why ARA?

The tutors at ARA have years of professional experience and extensive industry connections. With an average 1:17 tutor to student ratio, tutors have the time to help every student achieve and succeed. This is complemented by a comprehensive range of accessible student support services.

Almost 50% of all ARA programs include work-integrated learning. Internships and clinical placements for degree programmes can range from 400 to 1400 hours. ARA’s many partnerships with local businesses and industry groups mean they ensure that when their students graduate, they are work-ready with the skills employers need.

Programs Offered

Accountancy Adventure Tourism Applied Science Studies
Architecture / Architectural Technology Business Information Systems Business Management
Commerce Communication Studies Exercise Sciences
Human Resource Management Information Technology Laboratory Technology
Management Marketing Mechanical Engineering
Media and Communications Operations and Production Management


ARA encourages International Students to stay with a homestay family when they first arrive in New Zealand to study. A homestay provides a warm, family environment where you’ll have your own room, share meals with the family and have the opportunity to practice your English every day. All of their homestays are carefully selected and supervised.

With their cafes onsite and access to the training restaurant and deli cafe you will be spoilt for choice with what is on offer to eat at ARA. The cafes also offer you a great place to meet fellow students or have informal meetings.

The recreation centre is available for you to get fit or just unwind and have fun with your fellow students. For more serious athletes or people with specific needs (such as weight loss), The Zone has state of the art facilities to help you understand your fitness, how to improve and get the results you may want to achieve.

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