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People choose ICT for more than just the great salary. In ICT you're always learning something new in an industry that's constantly changing.

With ICT roles consistently placed in the top five highest paying industries, choosing a career where you will always be in high demand has never been easier. We will help you establish your future at the forefront of ICT.

We work closely with ICT companies throughout New Zealand who provide our students with internship opportunities so they can gain real world experience in the industry. In addition, they also tell us what we need to be teaching in order to stay relevant and on occasion guest teach as well.

For us working closely with industry - is the core of what we do with computing.

Ara Institute of Canterbury is highly regarded as one of New Zealand's leading providers of industry led applied ICT and computing qualifications. We have strong links with industry which provides fantastic internships opportunities.

Our programmes and courses have been developed in conjunction with industry, so they are up-to-date and relevant. They also cross-credit easily into each other providing the perfect pathway for you to either further your ICT education, or complete your qualification.

Our Computing facilities are located at our Madras Street Campus in Christchurch. We also teach programmes at our eight other community hubs: City Campus, Bishopdale, Hornby, New Brighton, Rangiora, Ashburton Campus, Timaru Campus and Oamaru Campus.

NB: If you’re still at high school, a Dual Enrolment programme at Ara can equip you with skills while you continue your education at school. Find out more here.


ICT offers a broad scope of possibilities. Whether you're starting out in computing or looking to advance your existing ICT skills and experience, we can teach you how to innovate, design and implement solutions for real-world problems, both in the class room and during valuable internships.

We offer a wide range of programmes ranging from certificate, to bachelor and graduate diploma in ICT, and certificates in Systems Administration.

As a Microsoft Approved IT Academy we are constantly upgrading our information systems, software and equipment. This ensures that you enjoy well equipped computer suites and learn in an environment that's at the forefront of technology.

You can be confident your learning is taking place in one of the most technologically advanced tertiary institutions in the country with contemporary lecture theatres, work-stations and tutorial rooms. We provide online access to hundreds of international journals, industry specific magazines and newspapers as well as:

  • Prestigious business software systems
  • Publishing services and on-site printery
  • 3D prototyping tool
  • 1Mbit internet connection and campus wide WiFi
  • Technology helpdesk

Employers seek our graduating students knowing they are qualified and competent, ready to contribute their ideas, proficiencies and enthusiasm from day one. Along with valuable work experience and intern opportunities, Ara's long standing industry relationships mean we can respond quickly to marketplace demands providing the skills and qualifications employers tell us they need you to have right now.