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How to Apply

If you’ve decided which programme you’d like to study, check the programme’s web page for a ‘View Dates & Apply’ button.

This will display a list of upcoming dates for the programme, allowing you to select the date you wish to apply for. When you click 'Apply' it will bring you to an online application where you can create a profile and save your application partway through so you can return to it later. If there isn't a ‘View Dates & Apply’ button on the programme page, you can apply by downloading an application form here:

Please email completed forms to or mail to Enrolment Centre, Ara Institute of Canterbury, PO Box 540, Christchurch Mail Centre.

Course selection for current students

If you’re a current Ara student and you’d like to choose courses within your programme, email with the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your Ara student ID number
  • Details of your programme including the programme name, course code, course name and your learner group (if applicable)

Not sure what you want to study yet?

If you haven’t decided yet what you’d like to study, you can explore your options:

Enrolment confirmation

Once you’ve been offered a place in your programme, you can plan your courses and pay for your study. Your enrolment is confirmed once you’ve paid your fees. Full information is available in our Terms and Conditions.

Already started an online application?

You should have received an email which will take you right back to where you left off. If you can’t find that email and you haven’t bookmarked the page, you can go back to our login page and reset your password using “forgot password”.