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New/Incoming students

Information for New/Incoming students 2017/18


Congratulations on coming to CIT which includes the Crawford College of Art, Cork School of Music, National Maritime College of Ireland and courses at Clonakilty Agricultural College!

If you need any supports for your lectures or exams when you are at CIT because of your learning difference, health condition or disability you will need to register with the CIT Disability Support Service (DSS). If you need an academic personal assistant, sign language interpreters, physical access to campus/buildings, or mobility training, please email as soon as possible.

Please read the information below and please email us if you have any questions at - we cannot unfortunately return calls in this busy time.

Make sure to include your name, CAO number and date of birth in any emails.


DSS Welcome Events for new students and Parents/Guardians - August 2017 

CIT DSS Student Orientation – Wednesday 30th August 2017. CIT, Bishopstown 10am- 3pm

The DSS Orientation for new students will take place in CIT, Bishopstown, on Wednesday 30th August 2017 10am- 3pm.  It is important that all new students who need supports attend the orientation if they can. Please note this is a student only event.

  • If you cannot attend the orientation, please make sure to read the new DSS Student Guide 2017/18 and follow the registration information if you need supports from the DSS while studying at CIT:
  • We are planning to run a drop in information session in CIT Bishopstown during the first week of the semester that we will email you about, and will speak briefly at the other campus inductions.


Parents/Guardians Information evening Thursday 24th August 2017 6-7.30pm CIT, Bishopstown

The CIT DSS will run an information evening in CIT, Bishopstown, for parents/guardians of new students to explain the DSS registration process and supports available in CIT and the role of parents/guardians in supporting their son/daughter at third level.

If you cannot attend the night - please see our Parents/Guardians Information sheet by downloading this PDF and if you have any questions please email


DSS supports

Information about the DSS supports is in our 2017/18 Student Guide. Please click here to download.



Please also check the information on our website about the different supports and information that might apply to you:






Registering with DSS

Students who are new to CIT will receive this information sheet about registering with the DSS in their course registration pack sent to them by the Admissions Office at the end of August. You must register with the DSS in order to access exam supports, Learning Support or Assistive Technology.

Please note the 2017/18 DSS registration online form will be available as a link on 1st September.

You can also see more information at our webpage:


CAO and DARE information and offers

If you are eligible for DARE you will be considered for reduced points places if needed and these offers will be made in the CAO round 1 on 22nd August.
Students who are or who are not eligible for DARE who get a CIT places on their points are welcome to register with the DSS if they need supports.
More information about the DARE places available and the offers process is on our webpage:
For more information about starting a course at CIT in September please see the Admissions webpage: and you can also email them at


Student Accommodation

If you need accommodation in Cork and have not secured this so far please be aware that there is a shortage of accommodation for students. The CIT Student Accommodation office has some general information on their website: 

Unfortunately the DSS was unable to come to an agreement with private student accommodation providers this year so we cannot help students source accommodation.


DSS Queries

Again if you have any queries at this stage please email  and please include your name, date of birth and CAO number. We cannot unfortunately return calls in this busy time.