Latest news from Ara – application info, closing dates, taster days, info sessions…

July 26, 2020
Kia ora, here is the latest news update from Ara
Experience Ara is back! We look forward to once again giving secondary school students the opportunity to come experience what it would be like to study at Ara. Our website is up to date and if an event does not have any upcoming dates there may not be any future occurrences for this year.
Click below for the updated Experience Ara brochure!
Experience Ara Brochure – Semester Two
As part of the ‘How to smash your NASDA audition workshop‘ on Sunday 26 July there will be a live Q&A session. This will be perfect for anyone out of Christchurch who is keen to find out more about NASDA and the audition process.
Please encourage any interested students to follow NASDA on Facebook so they can keep updated with further information.
Health sector study information sessions
If you know of any students interested a career in the health sector, please let them know about Ara’s free health study information sessions coming up soon. These subject-specific sessions provide a chance to learn about career opportunities, study options, programme entry criteria and the application process. Applications close soon for some subjects starting in February next year, so the sessions are a great way for prospective students to get all the information they need to apply.

Check out the full schedule below, and you are welcome to print the posters to advertise to your students.

Health Information Session Schedule & Registration
Nursing Information Session Poster – Christchurch
Nursing Information Session Poster – Timaru
Upcoming Application Closing Dates for 2021 Study 



Virtual Open Week presentations & tours available now! 

Our Virtual Open Week included over 30 presentations about the various study options available at Ara. These presentations were all recorded, and are now available along with the virtual tours for your students to check out if they missed the event. Click here to view.

Request a tour, phone call or zoom session
Are your students keen to visit our campus or want to know more about studying at Ara?

Local students can easily request a tour through our website. For those in other regions we are still happy to help, and students are welcome to book a phone call or zoom session with one of our Youth & Community Development representatives by e-mailing

Fees-Free under TTAF
Ara offers a large range of programmes eligible for free fees under the TTAF (Tertiary Training & Apprenticeship Fund). This includes all our Trades programmes (with the exception of Automotive), our Health and Wellbeing Certificate and our Diplomas in Engineering, Architectural Studies, Construction and Quantity Surveying and more.

Click here to see the full list of eligible programmes or contact your Ara Youth and Community Development Representative to find out more.

Evening Ara Application Sessions 
This term we will be hosting several application sessions at Ara. Your students are welcome to come along to find out more about the application process, have questions answered, and get advice on completing their application.

At this stage there will be a session each month until October. The first session is this week:
Thursday 23 July

Explore Your Study Options 
Thursday 6 August
12pm – 7pm
Vodafone Innov8 Christchurch, Tuam St

This event will be a great opportunity for anyone looking to upskill, retrain, or learn more about the growth sectors in Canterbury to find out about the study options available at local tertiary providers. Click here for more info.

Thanks for reading. As always, please get in touch with your Youth & Community Development Representative if you have any questions and we’ll catch you in a fortnight!

The Ara Engagement Team.