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Mainstream programmes

 Ara offers an extensive selection of mainstream programmes for international students, across a wide range of subjects.

At Ara you’ll learn from experts in modern environments with industry-standard equipment. Our programmes are hands-on and practical. Many include workplace experience - such as work placements, internships and industry projects. This is to ensure that when you graduate, you’re truly work-ready.

Our class sizes are generally small, so you get to know your tutors and classmates and they get to know you. And as an international student, you’ll be supported throughout your study journey by dedicated international student support advisors who are committed to your wellbeing and success.

Application closing dates

Application closing dates for international students sometimes differ to the closing dates for domestic students. Closing dates are shown on the programme’s web page. To go to a programme page, use the link provided in the subject drop downs below.

International fees

Fees apply to international students. All fees shown are for tuition only, per year (or for the duration of the programme, if it’s less than a year). Fees are in New Zealand dollars and include GST.

Ara is an approved host institution for Fullbright US graduate studies for the Master of Sustainable Practice and the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice.

The International learning pathway into this programme can be seen here:

Level 3 Pathways
Level 4 Pathways

Study and Career Preparation - Pre-Health Pathway, Level 4

Prepare for higher level study in health and science

19 Weeks
Starts: July
MULTIPLE
Nursing Midwifery and Medical Imaging Sport science, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Study and Career Preparation - Applied Science, Level 4

Prepare for higher level study in health and science

19 Weeks
Starts: July
MULTIPLE
Animal and Laboratory Science Sport science, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Study and Career Preparation - Medical Imaging Pathway, Level 4

Prepare for higher level study in health and science

19 Weeks
Starts: July
MULTIPLE
Nursing Midwifery and Medical Imaging

Study and Career Preparation - Architectural Studies and Construction Pathway, Level 4

Prepare for higher-level study in construction and architectural studies

19 Weeks
Starts: July
Madras Street
Architecture and Construction Management

Study and Career Preparation - Engineering Degree Pathway, Level 4

Prepare for higher level study in engineering

19 Weeks
Starts: July
Madras Street
Engineering

Study and Career Preparation - Business and ICT Pathway, Level 4

Prepare for higher-level studies in business or IT.

19 Weeks
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business ICT

Study and Career Preparation - Tourism and Hospitality Management Pathway, Level 4

Prepare for higher-level study in tourism and hospitality management.

19 Weeks
Starts: July
Madras Street
Food, Hospitality and Tourism

Study and Career Preparation - Support Work and Social Work Pathway, Level 3

Gain the academic skills and entry required for higher level study in support work and then social work

19 Weeks
Starts: July
Madras Street
Social Work and Human Services

Graduate Diploma in Construction Management

Expand your knowledge and skills for senior roles in the construction industry.

1 Year
Starts: March
Madras Street
Architecture and Construction Management

Graduate Diploma in Quantity Surveying

Develop your quantity surveying skills for a rapidly evolving industry.

1 Year
Starts: March
Madras Street
Architecture and Construction Management

Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Add technical skills and knowledge to your creative abilities for a career in architectural design.

3 Years
Architecture and Construction Management

Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

Become a sought-after professional in the construction industry.

3 Years
Starts: March
Madras Street
Architecture and Construction Management

Graduate Certificate in Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Be part of the next productivity step-change in construction, architecture and civil engineering.

18 Weeks
Starts: March
Madras Street
Architecture and Construction Management

New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology

Contribute to the shape of our built environment as an architectural technician.

2 Years
Starts: March
Madras Street
Architecture and Construction Management

New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying)

Gain the expertise and specialist skills needed for a career in quantity surveying.

2 Years
Starts: March
Madras Street
Trades Architecture and Construction Management

New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Construction Management)

Gain the expertise and specialist skills needed for a career in construction management.

2 Years
Starts: March
Madras Street
Trades Architecture and Construction Management

New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design

Learn how to use digital technology to express your creativity.

19 Weeks
Starts: July
MULTIPLE
Art and Design

New Zealand Certificate in Creativity

Gain foundation skills for employment or further studies in creative environments.

19 Weeks
Starts: July
Madras Street
Art and Design

New Zealand Certificate in Fashion

Deliver on your design aspirations and learn the conceptual and construction skills needed to meet fashion industry expectations.

19 Weeks
Starts: July
Madras Street
Art and Design

New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5)

Start your career in design with a solid foundation of core skills.

1 Year
Art and Design

New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design

Enhance your creative skills to establish yourself as an arts practitioner.

1 Year
Art and Design

Graduate Certificate in Information Design

Gain communication skills that are in demand across a wide range of sectors.

19 Weeks
Starts: July
Distance
Art and Design

Bachelor of Design (Photography)

Become an accomplished photographer, capable of working across a diverse spectrum of disciplines.

3 Years
Starts: March
Madras Street
Art and Design

Bachelor of Design (Motion Design)

Harness your imagination and creativity and channel towards a career in the dynamic field of motion design.

3 Years
Starts: March
Madras Street
Art and Design

Bachelor of Design (Applied Visual Art)

Learn how to frame and develop creative ideas through hands-on interaction with a range of media and prepare yourself for independent art practice in a studio environment

3 Years
Starts: March
Madras Street
Art and Design

Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design)

Learn how to generate ideas, solve problems and design innovative solutions in advertising, marketing and communication design.

3 Years
Starts: March
Madras Street
Art and Design

Bachelor of Design (Fashion Technology and Design)

Establish a name for yourself in the fashion industry by combining your flair, creativity and passion with professional expertise and technical skills

3 Years
Starts: March
Madras Street
Art and Design

The International learning pathway into this programme can be seen here.

Graduate Diploma in Accounting

Complement your degree with accountancy skills and experience applicable to many business situations and commercial pursuits.

1 Year
Business

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management

Complement your existing degree and advance your career in management by tailoring this graduate qualification to meet your specific needs.

1 Year
Business

Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems

Acquire the skills and knowledge to keep up with the latest innovative business systems and advances in technology.

1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

Graduate Diploma in Business Transformation and Change

Learn how to guide companies through transformations required to address.

1 Year
Business

Graduate Diploma in Event Management

Develop a high degree of event management finesse and nurture your talent for an exciting career in a dynamic industry.

1 Year
Business

Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

Develop your hospitality expertise to co-ordinate and plan the operational aspects of running a food and beverage service.

1 Year

Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

Learn how to foster smooth employee/employer relations and gain skills essential for maintaining a satisfied and effective workforce.

1 Year
Business

Graduate Diploma in Marketing and Sales

Gain theory and practical experience in the art of generating sales in today's competitive marketplace.

1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management

Use your strong organisational skills and advance your appreciation of the procedures required to ensure production functions at optimum levels.

1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

Graduate Diploma in Project Management

Combine your big picture thinking and attention to detail with project management skills that are in demand around the world.

1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Logistics

Acquire the ability to make sound strategic decisions and solve problems in supply chain logistics.

1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

Bachelor of Applied Management

Gain specialist skills to make your mark in business.

3 Years
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Project Management)

Equip yourself with the skills to manage projects on time and within budget.

1 Year
Business

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4)

Take a leading role in office administration.

19 Weeks
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3)

Gain skills to become a competent business administrator.

19 Weeks
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

Graduate Diploma in Information and Communication Technologies

Complement your existing degree and open doors to working in innovative ICT settings.

1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
ICT

Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies (Software Development Pathway)

Advance your existing skills in computing and broaden your employment opportunities in this fast-evolving field.

3 Years
Starts: July
Madras Street
ICT

Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies (Networking and Infrastructure Pathway)

Advance your existing skills in computing and broaden your employment opportunities in this fast-evolving field.

3 Years
Starts: July
Madras Street
ICT

Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies (Information Systems Pathway)

Advance your existing skills in computing and broaden your employment opportunities in this fast-evolving field.

3 Years
Starts: July
Madras Street
ICT

New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration

Gain the knowledge and skills required to specialise in systems administration.

1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
ICT

New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design

Master the technical and creative skills required to plan, develop and maintain websites.

1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
ICT

New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support

Develop a broad range of technical support and networking skills.

1 Year
Starts: July
MULTIPLE
ICT

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials

Gain a broad range of computing skills to set you on a path to a career in IT.

19 Weeks
Starts: July
Madras Street
ICT

The International learning pathway into this programme can be seen here.

Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Technology

Expand on your science knowledge and skills for a career as a laboratory technician.

1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
Animal and Laboratory Science

Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion)

Learn how to prescribe and promote physical activity and lifestyle change to help treat and prevent disease.

3 Years
Sport science, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Nutrition)

Gain an in-depth understanding of nutrition and the dietary influences that impact on the health of individuals.

3 Years
Sport science, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport and Exercise Science)

Develop the practical skills and expertise needed to work in a wide range of sports, health and exercise science fields.

3 Years
Sport science, Nutrition and Health Promotion

New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6)

Gain in-demand skills for the fast-evolving commercial science and science laboratory sectors.

1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
Animal and Laboratory Science

New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

Become skilled in a rapidly changing profession and enjoy a rewarding career working with animals and their owners.

1 Year
Animal and Laboratory Science

New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 5)

Meet the needs of an ever-expanding commercial science sector with STEM skills that you'll use every day in the workplace.

1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
Animal and Laboratory Science

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) with Veterinary Nursing Assistant Strand

Gain the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective part of the veterinary team, assisting veterinarians and veterinary nurses in clinical practice.

1 Year
Animal and Laboratory Science

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management with Companion Animal Strand

Match your passion for animals with the skills and knowledge needed to work in a diverse and rewarding field of animal care.

1 Year
Animal and Laboratory Science

Contact details

Phone: 03 940 8389
International: +64 3 940 8000
Email: international@ara.ac.nz

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