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This page is for incoming Non-EU students. For existing Non-EU students please go here

Updated 4 September 2020


Please ensure you fill out any forms sent to you everyday



We are no longer accepting applications for September 2020

I hold a conditional offer and am unable to sit my IELTS English exam as test centres have closed near me

We are now accepting the Duolingo Test (DET). DET is offered fully online with test results available in 48 hours. The Visa Division of the Department of Justice and Equality has confirmed that it will accept the Duolingo English Test as an alternative on an exceptional basis for 2020 only. To find out more about acceptable scores and other tests CIT Accepts, please go here

My exams have been cancelled and I am unable to meet the conditions of my offer

If you cannot sit your final exams and your school has not put in place alternatives for a final grade, you will most likely need to defer. This is up for review on a case by case basis but we will require students to complete School/University and to provide evidence.

I want to defer my place until September 2021

Deferals are only permitted if you have paid your deposit. You must fill out the deferal form which can be found at the bottom of the page here

If I defer my place to September 2021, will CIT accept my Duo Lingo result?

No, unfortunately we are only accepting the Duolingo English Language proficiency exam for entry to the 2020/2021 academic year.  The Department of Justice and Equality are only accepting the Duolingo exam for visa processing for the 2020/2021 academic year. 

Therefore, should you defer your place to September 2021, you will have to achieve the required scores in one of the normal approved English language proficiency exams.  Details can be found here

You need a full offer letter in order to apply for a study visa/register as a student. You must be visa approved in order to register as a student in time for semester beginning. This includes full fee payment.


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. Preparations are ongoing and we will update our students as soon as possible.

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.


Registration and Orientation


Registration and Orientation will take place online from 7 - 18 September. You can find full schedule here. There will be a mix of online information sessions, informal meet ups and a festival of Ireland with new fun things released everyday to help you through your 2 week self isolation period!




If you have not yet applied for your visa, please do so urgently and keep us informed of the status of your visa

We can allow a 2 week period from your start date to be visa approved however if you will be deregistered if you are not approved within the grace period.

Are visa offices open?

Please check the INIS website for further details on the visa office in your country. You can also refer to our International Student Handbook 2020/2021 for information on visa applications, studying in Ireland, cost of living, accommodation and much much more.

You can also seek further information from Shreya, our India rep ( or Joseph, our Africa rep (

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.

Stayback Visa (Graduate 1G)

We don't have all the answers regarding the stayback option as yet as this is decided by the department of Justice and not a local decision. As soon as more information is released, we will update our students as soon as we can.




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 for the start of term?

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.




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

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




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.



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



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