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Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

South Island
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NZD 17510 - NZD 19850 ( Annually)
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Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology is situated at 130 Madras St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand in Christchurch.

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Bachelors In Engineering in Electrical
  • 3 Years
  • Bachelor of Technology
  • Engineering
  • NZD 19850 (Annually)

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology - CPIT - CPIT

 In March 2016, CPIT renamed to "Ara Institute of Canterbury" is a vibrant, progressive, government-funded tertiary institute providing world-class, tertiary-level education throughout the Canterbury and Waitaki region. Ara was created in 2016 when education providers CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic merged, bringing together two well-established organisations and over 200 years of collective experience and success. Ara's talented staff, innovative business collaborators and supportive community partners are passionate about the role they play in its students' success. Together, it's committed to equipping every student with the industry-relevant knowledge, skills and experience they need to get the job they want and to excel in it. Ara's learning models and course content continually evolve to respond to industry and regional needs. To ensure Ara's students have real-world experience, it offer an ever-expanding array of workplace training opportunities, internships, apprenticeships and partnerships with industry. And to meet demand for flexible study options, it offer an increasing range of online, blended delivery and part time programmes. Underpinning the logo is the phrase 'Ara rau, taumata rau' which translates to 'many pathways, many opportunities'. This phrase captures the varied aspirations of Ara's learners, and recognises that learning is a lifelong undertaking. All of these concepts are reflected in the logo, which illustrates the upward journey of learning and the summit of success. Drawing inspiration from Maori tukutuku panelling and the teeth of a Taniwha (which represent strength and determination), the triangles create many entry and exit points, and depict the many pathways available at Ara.

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5 Type Courses Available

  • 1 UG Courses
  • 4 Diploma Courses


  • Excellence in Teaching Award (2015): Awarded to Cheryl Stokes in recognition of sustained excellence in Teaching Practice.

  • Nestlé Toque d'Or Supreme Award Winners (2013): Students Daniel Hoare, Hannah Grieve, and Gina Johns were awarded the 2013 Supreme Gold Medal Award at the premier student culinary completion, Nestlé Toque d'Or.

  • Practitioner Award (2013): Awarded to Tracey Coulthard for recognition of Excellent Practice in Teaching and Learning.

  • Tertiary Education Union (TEU) (2013): Tracey Coulthard received the Award of Excellence in the category of student learning and participation.

  • The Council for Australasian University - Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Conference (2013): Stanley Tawa received an award for Best Poster Presentation, Investing the Culinary Authenticity of Hangi.

  • Practitioner Award (2012): Awarded to David Spice for recognition of Excellent Practice in Teaching and Learning.

  • Ako Aotearoa - Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching Award: The Cafe bar service team of Heather Dyksma, Katrina Fisher, Katy Fortescue, Fancie Oberg-Nordt, Jenny Ritchie, Kent Slocomb, Cheryl Stokes were awarded Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching Award.

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  • Christchurch is a large New Zealand city and offers many accommodation options. Students may decide to goflatting, private board or live in homestay accommodation with a Christchurch family. 
  • CPIT encourage students to stay with a homestay family when they first arrive in New Zealand to study.
  • A homestay provides a warm, family environment where they'll have their own room, share meals with the family and have the opportunity to practice their English every day.
  • All of CPIT homestays are carefully selected and supervised.
  • CPIT's homestay services include:
  • full inspection of all homes and interviews with host families
  • airport pick-up
  • police vetting of all host families
  • a 'welcome pack' upon arrival
  • banking assistance on your first day at Ara
  • translators to assist communication
  • follow-up meetings with students and their homestay family to ensure everyone is happy and comfortable
  • There are several ways that they can get to and from campus. CPIT encourage student to walk, bike or bus if they can but other options are available like driving and carpooling. 

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