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COVID 19 FAQ

Please keep yourself informed with CIT Covid updates

Updated 23 October 2020

IRP Registration update

Garda.ie website 23/10/2020

Registration Offices outside Dublin will remain open subject to operational requirements. 

It is advised that only people with appointments should attend. People who are attending their registration appointments may travel outside of their 5km restricted travel zone.  Those attending will be asked to print confirmation of their Immigration appointment to show to Gardaí conducting Operation Fanacht checkpoints.

For further updates visit: inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/COVID-19-updates-and-announcements

Update 18 September - IRP Permissions extended until 20 January 2021

All such permissions that are due to expire from 20th September 2020 - 20th January 2021 are automatically renewed by the Minister to the 20th January 2021. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach. In relation to persons with existing permission under Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive), the automatic renewal is subject to the requirement that the person is complying with the requirements of the Directive.

Current COVID Level 5 Restrictions

The nation will move to Level 5 on the Government’s Covid19 Response Framework from midnight Wednesday 21st October for 6 weeks. We have been awaiting for some clarity from the Government on what this means for Higher Education Institutions.

In very general terms, Higher Education remains as an essential service and very little will change in relation to our existing activities. We continue to have a level of autonomy in what we determine to be essential on-campus activity in terms of academic delivery, administrative functions and student support services. Therefore, apprenticeship, practicals (Laboratory/workshop) and research activity all continue as scheduled.

We will be immediately reviewing all activity on the basis of the advisory received over the course of tomorrow through to the end of the week and we will issue further detail as decisions are made. For the moment, please continue as you have been until further advisory becomes available.

We would ask everyone to acquaint themselves with the general provisions of Level 5 available here https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2dc71-level-5/ and we thank everyone for their continued cooperation in dealing with this ongoing crisis.

Please keep an eye on your student email for further updates from CIT.

 

Studying at CIT

 

What are the Terms Dates for Semester 1 of the 2020/2021 Academic Year?

Semester 1 for incoming Year 1 Undergraduate students is scheduled to commence October 5 in line with Irish Leaving Certificate students. All other students will commence on Monday 21 September 2020.  Exam dates are currently being finalised, we will update you as soon as end of semester exam dates are available.

How will courses be delivered for Semester 1 of the 2020/2021 Academic Year

CIT is currently working towards delivering teaching and learning activities in a blended manner. In general, lectures will be delivered through remote learning for semester 1. Laboratory and tutorials for disciplines such as Computer Science and Data Science & Analytics will be delivered remotely while, for very practical and hands-on disciplines such as Engineering and Science, these learning activities will be delivered to small groups on-campus in line with social distancing and relevant health & safety protocols. As the year progresses, we expect to be in a position to move more teaching and learning activities back on-campus, assuming that national health & safety advice indicates that it is safe to proceed in this manner.

What on Campus Experience will I receive?

While you will not experience the full traditional on-campus teaching aspect of studying abroad, we are planning to offer an alternative set of extensive on-campus experiences through industry engagement and social & cultural events, while adhering to public health advice in all situations, that will provide you with a valuable and memorable international learning experience. We promise to continue with the high-quality delivery of education and, as circumstances allow, will endeavor to expand on-campus teaching and learning activities for you with faculty, classmates and friends with a view to maximising your student experience and engagement with society and the world of work during these challenging times.

Will I have access to on campus facilities?

Access to facilities like libraries or the gym will be in line with government advice and in accordance with current level restrictions.

My course is delivered in a blended manner for the 1st Semester, do I get a reduction in Tuition Fee?

Given the current situation and global financial impact, CIT has generously offered all international student offer holders the 25% scholarship for the 2020/2021 academic year.  There will be no further reduction in fees.

Can I study at home? Can I wait until January to apply for a visa?

You will need to be visa approved in order to register as a student in September. Please be mindful that you will need to pay €6000 in order to apply for a visa and the balance must be paid before registration. As a registered student, you will still be able to attend classes online if you are delayed.

 

 

 

Travel

 

You must inform us of your travel and accommodation details

What do I need to consider before travelling to Ireland before Study?

The law now is that, if you arrive in Ireland from any other country you will need to fill in a form called the Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form.

You'll also need to self-isolate for 14 days self-isolate for 14 days.

We ask that you travel at least two weeks in advance of the start date in order to adhere to self-isolation requirements on arrival

What is my Pre-Departure Checklist?

-Documents Required for Registration

-Pay your tuition fee

-Purchase Health Insurance

-Book your accommodation  - inform us of your booking

-Plan your trip – inform us of your flight details

-Check your airline’s requirements

-Prepare your immigration documents (Passport, Letter of Offer, Evidence of Tuition Fee Payment, Evidence of Medical Insurance

What will be happening as I'm arriving into Ireland?

CIT will be providing a meet and greet service at Dublin Airport from Mid-August to 30 September 2020. This will include a private transfer bus to Cork then transfer onto your accommodation.

If you are arriving outside these times, please le us know so we can organise transfers

You are not permitted to use public transport

What will I need for Passport Control?

You will have to go through Passport control at Dublin Airport/Cork Airport and you will need to present the following documents to the Immigration Officer

1.Your passport with valid entry visa

2.Offer letter from CIT

3.Evidence of payments to CIT

4.Evidence of medical insurance

5.Your Accommodation details and self- Isolation details

(incase your self –isolation & accommodation address are different)

1.Covid-19 tracker form

2.Port entry letter from CIT

What if the situation worsens in my country or I cannot travel?

CIT promises to be as flexible as possible to address each students’ individual needs.  Through online classes, we will make every effort to accommodate the needs of students who are not in a position to travel to Ireland in time for the 21 September 2020 commencement of classes but will do so when it is safe and possible for them to do so.  It is important to note that you will need to spend at least one semester living in Ireland to qualify for the stay-back work visa for international students.

 

Accommodation

 

You must inform us of your travel and accommodation details so we can organise a seamless experience in your arrival and self isolation

You may require full time accommodation for self isolation in order to be accepted by immigration; Air Bnb or guesthouses may not be accepted.

What are my accommodation options in Cork?

We have secured a number of houses for international students within 800m of campus.  For further information please contact Carma Properties at book@carma.ie

We are currently working with Carma Properties to give you a seamless on arrival and self-isolation experience.

Further accommodation available can be found at the accomodation office

 

Arrival

 

The Irish government requires everyone arriving from overseas to restrict their movement for 14 days. 

This means  staying indoors and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.  This includes*: 

•Not going to campus facilities such as libraries/lecture theatres etc. or a workplace; 

•Not using public transport; 

•Not having visitors in their place of residence; 

•Not visiting others;  

•Not going to shops or pharmacies unless it is absolutely necessary. Where there is no alternative, a face-covering should be worn. 

 

Please note that staying with friends / family in shared bedroom / on the couch is not suitable accommodation to restrict your movements.

*https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/managing-coronavirus-at-home/if-you-live-with-someone-who-has-coronavirus.html#restrict 

 

We understand, due to the uncertainty at the moment given the current situation, you may have questions about your application to CIT. CIT staff are working remotely so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at international@cit.ie.

 

 

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