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Ara is a New Zealand government-owned tertiary institution that has more than 100 years of teaching experience and is the largest institute of technology in the South Island.

We welcome approx. 1,800 international students every year from more than 50 different countries.

Emergency contact for International Students 24/7

If you have an emergency and do not know what is going to happen next, please dial 03-940 8209 for assistance. This number will automatically be forwarded to an Ara staff member’s cell phone. Please note that this number is only for an emergency. If you require Police, Fire or ambulance then you need to dial 111 first.

Watch this virtual tour of English Language student Krissy, as she shows you some of the Ara campus in Christchurch City.

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