Spend a Semester in New Zealand!
The Ara (Maori for pathway) Institute was created in 2016 bringing together the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and the Aoraki Polytechnic. The Ara Institute offers students a variety of subject areas to choose from. With a strong focus on practical skills students will see the connection between their studies and industry. Appalachian students will study on the Christchurch campus.
New Zealand geographically comprises two main landmasses – that of the North Island, and the South Island – and numerous smaller islands. Canterbury is a region of New Zealand’s South Island known for its grassy plains, lakes, snow-capped mountains, and of course the garden city Christchurch. Students can spend one weekend exploring the cultural opportunities of Christchurch and the next the smaller towns and natural areas outside of the city.
- Fall Semester: July to November (Semester 2 in New Zealand)
- Spring Semester: February to June (Semester 1 in New Zealand)
For more information about the academic calendar please visit the Ara Institute’s website.
The Ara Institute offers several housing options to visiting students. One of the unique options of this program is an opportunity to live with a local family through their homestay program (includes two meals per day). In addition to homestays, students can also look into off-campus apartments.
Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options. Students will submit their housing payment directly to the Ara Institute or their housing provider.
For more information please visit Ara’s Accommodation webpage.
Paid to Appalachian State
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
||Semester Fee Paying
|Basic Exchange (App Tuition & Fees)
||based on your residency
||9000-11000 NZD ($6500-$7800 USD)
|1 OIED Program Development Fee
|Worldwide Health Insurance
*If no exchange spots are available students will be able to attend Ara as a fee paying student and Tuition and Fees will be charged at the Ara rate
Estimated Additional Costs
1Housing costs will vary by housing type. Home stays will include 2 meals per day.
||$1400 - $2200
||$1400 - $2200
||$3000 - $4000
||$6000 - $8000
|Homestay Placement Fee
|Homestay Additional Meals
||$200 - $400
||$400 - $800
|Meals for Students in Student Housing
||$1200 - $1500
||$2400 - $3000
||$1000 - $1800
||$2000 - $3600
|Books and Materials
|Required NZ Health Insurance
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|3Appalachian Student Health Insurance
|4Personal Travel and Spending
||$1000 - $2000
||$2000 - $4000
2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
3Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
4Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. Please visit the Ara Institute website for additional information about living costs. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: Fall, Spring.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
Generation Study Abroad NZ Excellence Awards
The NZ Excellence Award applications are open to US Citizens and Permanent Residents who meet certain qualification requirements. When applying for a NZ Excellence Award students should submit the ENZTA and NZTIPEA applications.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
To locate the Ara Institute course offerings please visit the Mainstream programmes web page. To find the course offerings click on the name of the programme that you are interested in then on the degree (undergraduate students should look at the Bachelor degrees). From the degree page the course offerings can be found at the bottom of each page. Students should look at courses offered on the Christchurch campus. Students applying to some programs may need to submit a portfolio or audition video. More information about application requirements will be provided after acceptance. When searching for courses please be sure to take note that the semesters are reversed in New Zealand (Fall in the US is semester 1 in NZ and Spring in the US is semester 2 in NZ). For more detailed course information please contact an advisor in the Education Abroad office.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the Ara Institute program will be required to enroll in 60 Ara credits per semester (normally 4 classes). For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academic section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page