Aoraki Polytechnic is a New Zealand government owned and registered tertiary education institution with a long history of delivering tertiary education on the East Coast of the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. Aoraki Polytechnic aims to supply international students with a study and lifestyle experience which supports the long term success of our students in a real New Zealand environment.
Christchurch - Canterbury
Christchurch is the main centre of the Canterbury region, an elegant old city close to the Southern Alps.
Welcome to Aoraki Polytechnic
Nau mai ki te Kuratini o Aoraki
Tena koutou katoa
Based in the central South Island of New Zealand, Aoraki Polytechnic offers students the opportunity to combine their study with the stunning scenery and friendly lifestyle of the South Island and experience real New Zealand culture.
Adventure and Safety
Aoraki Polytechnic offers students a safe, secure environment to undertake study. Combine the advantages of the safety and security of a small city where people greet each other with a smile with the opportunities for outdoor adventure in a region surrounded by ski fields, lakes and mountains to create a healthy lifestyle experience in which to study.
New Zealand Government owned and accredited, Aoraki Polytechnic offers a diverse range of Certificate and Diploma programmes that can pathway to a career or further study including to a degree.
Supporting your success
Globally Relevant Qualifications
Aoraki ensures you have the relevant skills and knowledge as well as versatility to meet ongoing global and local industry requirements.
Real World Practical Experience
Our programmes include real work experience opportunities, providing the chance to work with businesses or organisations in their business.
Purpose-Built Facilities and Equipment
Our learning environment mimics industry, with specialist facilities and equipment, as well as a library and computer suites to support your learning.
Industry Connected Tutors
Our tutors are qualified, industry professionals and bring years of experience and connections with industry to the classroom so you get skills and knowledge required for your career success.
Support for Your Learning
Our tutors and small class sizes mean greater flexibility to follow your interests, plenty of opportunities for individual attention and support for your learning so you’ll get the most out of your study.
Living in New Zealand
Aoraki Polytechnic offers a range of accommodation options for international students studying at Aoraki Polytechnic.
Applicants are asked about their accommodation preferences and a homestay family or hostel room can be selected for them from a range of providers.
Accommodation options include:
Accommodation is regularly checked and inspected. Alternative accommodation can be arranged in hostel in Timaru. Aoraki Polytechnic arranges payment to these two types of accommodation on behalf of students.
In addition, advice can be given for students looking for accommodation in flats which are then the responsibility of students to maintain.
Creative thinking is an important aspect of producing products and services that are relevant and desirable to customers. It can also ensure better business practices, approaches and innovation and improve customer connections.
Areas we cover.
- Arts and Media
- Visual Arts and Design
- Fashion Design
- Graphic Design
Express your creativity, interact with clients and be the one to make people look and feel their best through a career in beauty and hairdressing.
A career that can offer opportunities across many industries and take you around the world.
Areas we cover.
- Beauty Therapy
- Make-up Artistry
A career in business and tourism can open up a world of opportunities within New Zealand and across the world.
Business and tourism skills are applicable across many professional creative and trades careers.
Areas we cover.
- Office and Business Management
- Project Management
- Business Ownership
- Human Resources
- Office Administration
Enter a compassionate and rewarding career providing valuable services to the community and utilise your skills in working with a diverse range of people.
Areas we cover.
- Animal Care
- Early Childhood
- English Language
A shortage of quality, trained hospitality professionals is apparent in this industry worldwide.
Become a leader in your field, gain a qualification that gives you the opportunity to have a career anywhere in the world.
Areas we cover.
- Food and Beverage Service
Keep up with changing technology and join an industry in high demand in New Zealand and around the world.
Pairing a qualification in IT with your current study or employment can increase your career success.
Areas we cover.
- Communications Technology
- Information Systems Development
If your passion is to supply information, news or entertainment to New Zealand and global audiences then media is the industry for you.
There is a huge variety of options for roles and careers in this industry – film and television, media communications, journalism and photography.
- Film and Television
- Digital Photography
- Media Communication
If you have a passion for adventure, ambition to excel or would like to open up a world of outdoor activities to others then a career in outdoor education and sport can fulfil your goals.
- Outdoor Education
- Sport and Fitness
Professional trades people and those with skills to keep up with ecological trends are in high demand around the world.
We offer qualifications to get you started in a wide variety of trades areas.
Areas we cover:
- Trade Skills
Aoraki Polytechnic fees for international students cover the full programme fee for study. They also include services to help support your learning and time in New Zealand. The International Fee covers:
- Course costs
- Textbook costs
- Service levy
- ID card
- Computer login
- Extended computer access
- Health insurance
- Airport pick ups
- Accommodation placement
- Pastoral care
Student Support Services
- Inclusive education support
- Peer tutors
- English tuition
- Community connections
- Café facilities
- Water coolers
- Computer rooms
Before you come
Aoraki Polytechnic's International department will assist you with your application. If you would like any support or guidance, please contact us directly on phone +64 3 687 1800 or email email@example.com. Immigration New Zealand is encouraging students to apply early for their visa, in order to avoid processing delays. Click here for more information.
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While you study
Aoraki Polytechnic's student support service, named Access Aoraki, is a place to find assistance with your study needs.Access Aoraki includes the following support:
We can arrange a peer tutor to help with settlement, language and study issues. We try to arrange peer tutors that can speak your first language and have experience in your culture.
Language software packages in your first language are available.
Classes to improve your English, including conversation classes with English speaking students are held on campus.
Sound enhancement, magnifiers, ergonomic equipment, alternative seating arrangements, Dictaphones and much more are available for use if required.
Study Skill Sessions
For help with study skills, referencing and essay and report writing. Study Hubs can also be provided to assist groups of students needing help in a particular subject area.
A student counselling service is provided for help with personal problems.
Aoraki Polytechnic has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Copies of the Code are available from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at www.minedu.govt.nz/international