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Before Arrival

Key dates:

Orientation/Registration: September 7th & 8th

Semester 1 classes begin: 11th September

Semester 1 module enrolment deadline: 6th October

Semester 1 examinations: 9th December to 22nd December & January 3rd to 5th.

Semester 2 classes begin: 29th January

Semester 2 module enrolment deadline: 9th February

Easter Holidays: 24th March to 8th April

Semester 2 exams: 12th May to 25th May

 

Visa requirements:

The following countries require a visa to travel to Ireland:

Afghanistan

Ghana

Pakistan

Albania

Guinea

Palau

Algeria

Guinea-Bissau

Papua New Guinea

Angola

Haiti

Peru

Armenia

India

Philippines

Azerbaijan

Indonesia

Qatar

Bahrain

Iran

Russia

Bangladesh

Iraq

Rwanda

Belarus

Jamaica

Sao Tome and Principe

Benin

Jordan

Saudi Arabia

Bhutan

Kazakhstan

Senegal

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kenya

Serbia

Burkina Faso

Kosovo

Sierra Leone

Burma/Myanmar

Kuwait

Somalia

Burundi

Kyrgyzstan

South Sudan

Cambodia

Laos

Sri Lanka

Cameroon

Lebanon

State of Palestine

Cape Verde

Liberia

Sudan

Central African Republic

Libya

Suriname

Chad

Macedonia (FYROM)

Syria

China

Madagascar

Tajikistan

Colombia

Malawi

Tanzania

Comoros

Mali

Thailand

Congo (Brazzaville)

Marshall Islands

Timor Leste

Cote d'Ivoire

Mauritania

Togo

Cuba

Mauritius

Tunisia

Democratic Republic of Congo

Micronesia

Turkey

Djibouti

Moldova

Turkmenistan

Dominica

Mongolia

Uganda

Dominican Republic

Montenegro

Ukraine

Ecuador

Morocco

United Arab Emirates

Egypt

Mozambique

Uzbekistan

Equatorial Guinea

Namibia

Venezuela

Eritrea

Nepal

Vietnam

Ethiopia

Niger

Yemen

Faroe Islands

Nigeria

Zambia

Gabon

North Korea

Zimbabwe

Gambia

Oman

 

 

Many non-EU students need to apply for a visa to the Embassy of Ireland or the Consulate in their home country. This can take several months, so it is important to allow plenty of time for this when planning for your admission date. It is the responsibility of students to arrange their own visas. In such cases, students should ensure that they make their visa applications well in advance of the start of their course at CIT. For complete details of visa requirements and processes, please visit the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service website: http://inis.gov.ie/


Visa and Immigration
You will need to supply the following documentation when applying for a visa to your local Irish Embassy:

  • Valid passport number
  • Date of issue and expiry of passport
  • Date, place and mode of arrival in Ireland
  • Letter from CIT indicating that you have been offered a place
  • Letter from Institute indicating that the fees have been paid in full
  • Recent passport photographs
  • Visa application fee (non-refundable)

 

Regardless of whether or not you are arriving from a visa required country, all international visitors staying for more than 90 days are required to register their stay at the local GNIB Office. The GNIB Office here in Cork is located in Anglesea Street Garda Station. You will have between 30 and 90 days from arriving in the country to register your stay by visiting the GNIB Office.

Here is a list of what you will be required to bring to the GNIB Office in order to receive your GNIB Card.

  • CIT Student ID*
  • Passport
  • Insurance Certificate*
  • Proof of Address
  • International Office Letter*
  • Scholarship Letter (if in receipt of a scholarship)
  • Bank Statement
  • Mini-Statement from bank on the day you visit GNIB
  • GNIB-1 Form*

* will be provided by CIT upon arrival.

 

Cost of living:

The following is a guide to the cost of living for a student in Ireland for 2017/18

 Cost of Living for Students living away from home

 Monthly (€)

Annual (€)

Rent

427

3843

Utilities

28

252

Food

167

1503

Travel

135*

1215

Books  & Class materials

70**

630

Clothes/Medical

41

369

Mobile

31

279

Social life/Misc

75

675

Student charge

333

3000

Total

1307

11766

 

* The travel cost is taking on the capped student LEAP fare which has remained at €30/week based on average month of 4.5 weeks
 ** Class materials and equipment cost can vary greatly, particularly for students in Arts, Sciences and Catering. For more detailed information you should contact your programme co-coordinator
 Students will also find out more information about student finance and budgeting at www.studentfinance.ie and www.ccpc.ie.
 To get detailed information on rental costs in your search area, the RTB has launched the national rent index more detail can be found at www.rtb.ie

 

 

For more information on things you need to do prior to arrival in Ireland, please see your International Student Handbook which you can download here:

Download CIT International Student Handbook 2017
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