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Overseas Placement and Exchange

International Links

There is a growing and diverse number of international students at CIT, with approximately 1,000 full-time and parttime students registered with us. International educational exchange programmes enhance the quality and scope of third level education. Spending a period of study or work placement overseas, or meeting and working with visiting students and staff, provides CIT students with new insights into different educational systems, as well as other cultures. European Exchanges and Placements, Cork Institute of Technology holds an Erasmus University Charter, which entitles the Institute to participate in the Erasmus Lifelong Learning student and staff exchange and training placement programme with other European institutions which also hold the Erasmus Charter. CIT students can spend one or two semesters on an Erasmus exchange at one of CIT’s 70+ partner institutions abroad.

The Erasmus Programme also enables students to carry out their practical training period at enterprises abroad, giving them the opportunity to work with the latest technologies or developments in their professional sphere. Through its close links to industry and many contacts overseas, CIT facilitates placements in a range of organisations, from the manufacturing industry, to software companies and healthcare organisations.

Each year, CIT welcomes over 100 incoming Erasmus exchange students. Their presence in the Institute is highly valued, and an International Students’ Society, funded by the Institute, and run by the visiting students themselves, organises a lively programme of cultural and social events throughout the year.

Further details on Erasmus exchange and placement opportunities can be obtained from the International Office:

Non-EU Links and Study Opportunities


New co-operation arrangements are being explored with countries outside of the EU, such as Canada and the US, and, more recently, India and Singapore.


EU and non-EU Applicants

Year 1 Full-time courses:
Applicants must apply via the CAO system  by 1st February, or for late applications, 1st May. A change of mind can be made by 1st July.

Post-Year 1 Full-time courses:
EU applicants:
Apply by 1st May for Post-Year 1 programmes by downloading the CIT Full-time Application Form.

Non-EU applicants: Apply by 1st May for Post-Year 1 programmes by downloading the Non-Eu Application Form. Please note that there are both academic and residency conditions governing the offer of places to non-Eu applicants. Non-EU students are required to produce a Study Visa from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform for the course for which they have applied. For conditions attached to acquiring this please refer to the following website:

For costs/payment queries please contact
Finance Office
Cork Institute of Technology
T: 00353 21 4335440

For Accommodation queries please contact

Admissions Office
Cork Institute of Technology
T: 00353 21 4335039/5042

For all other courses, applications should be made to the Admissions Office in CIT who may be contacted via email at

For postgraduate and research applications, please visit . An online visa application facility for Ireland is available for the citizens of many countries around the world. Details may be found at:

There is a special scheme to enable newly qualified graduates to work in Ireland. The Third Level Graduate Scheme allows legally resident non-European third level graduates to remain in Ireland for the purposes of seeking employment and applying for a Green Card or Work Permit. Details of the scheme can be found at the following web address:

CIT is a participant in the George J Mitchell Peace Scholarship scheme, which provides the opportunity for study exchanges with the Maine Community College System in the USA. In addition to mobility programmes, CIT co-ordinates and participates in a broad range of transnational pilot projects.

Margaret Mulderrig,
CIT International Office.
T: +353 21 4326 689
F: +353 21 4326 685