Ara Institute of Canterbury – School of English has two campuses: one is centrally located in the garden city of Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island, and the second is in the beautiful port city of Timaru in South Canterbury of New Zealand.
You will enjoy learning English on campus with local students who are studying a range of vocational and professional programmes. Close by the school is the city’s restaurant and shopping districts. Situated between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Southern Alps to the west, our environment is naturally beautiful and offers outstanding recreational and cultural opportunities.
Facilities and activities available at Ara Institute of Canterbury
Our facilities include purpose built classrooms providing the latest technology in language learning, our Language Self Access Centre and our many computer labs. We have great areas on campus for relaxation too, both indoor and outdoor. An example of this is our on-campus training restaurant and café where students can meet friends and have meals at discounted prices while being served by local students.
Our amazing on-campus events programme and student activities programme will provide you with many opportunities to interact with local students and international students from other countries. Adventure sports like surfing, kitesurfing, skiing, snowboarding and kayaking are all on your doorstep. Golfing is enjoyed all year round and green fees are low cost with more than 30 stunning courses to choose from in the region. There are several arts, music and cultural festivals held in our city each year.
We have language exchange activities where students can learn to practise their English while teaching our local students about their culture and language.
Courses available at Ara Institute of Canterbury
Our elective programme structure is unique in that it offers students at Intermediate level or above an opportunity to focus on those skills required to meet their academic or career goals. For example, students can study General English in the mornings and Speaking and Listening, English for Work or English for Academic Purposes in the afternoons.
The style of teaching and classroom environment
Our highly qualified teaching staff are known for their warm and caring reputation and enthusiasm for helping you settle in to your new city and home. They have a real passion for language learning with some having experience teaching English overseas.
We practise the communicative language teaching method which aims to maximise exposure to native English. Many of our teaching staff are engaged in post-graduate study and research.
Accommodation options for international students
Staying with one of our friendly homestay families is strongly recommended as all of our homestays are carefully selected and supervised. You will have your own room, meals with the family and the opportunity to practise your English every day.
Other accommodation options are available on request and sometimes students choose to become more independent and stay with local students once they have settled in to Christchurch or Timaru.
A rich student experience
As an international English language student at Ara Institute of Canterbury you can enjoy all the attractions in Christchurch and Timaru as both campuses are located conveniently in the city centre. During the weekend and over the holiday period, you can enjoy attractions in the wider Canterbury region as well. In Christchurch you can enjoy some newly opened facilities like the Riverside Market, Christchurch Adventure Park, and EntX entertainment cinema complex. In Timaru, you can relax at Caroline Bay or enjoy the Aquatic Centre.
As a foreigner, I felt part of the family. There were many different accents and ways of learning and the teachers were well prepared to work with people from different countries. The classes were interactive, fun and relaxed. I chose the best place to learn English. It was awesome. It’s an amazing country and culture.