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New/Incoming students

Information for New/Incoming Students


Congratulations on coming to CIT which includes the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, CIT 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 apply to the CIT Disability Support Service (DSS).

**If you need an academic personal assistant for physical tasks, sign language interpreters, physical access to campus/buildings, or mobility training, please email as soon as possible.


DSS Welcome Events for new students and Parents/Guardians

New Students

CIT DSS Student Orientation – Wednesday 28th afternoon (13.30-16.30) or Thursday 29th August 2019 morning (10.00-13.00), CIT, Bishopstown Campus.

The DSS Orientation for new students will take place in CIT Bishopstown Campus twice on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th August 2019. The same information is covered on both days. It is important that all new students who need DSS supports attend an orientation day if they can.


Parents/Guardians of new students Information evening - Monday 26th August 2019 6.30 -7.30pm, CIT Bishopstown Campus

Copies of the presentation slides are available to download here (PDF - 2MB)

  • The CIT DSS has an information evening in CIT Bishopstown Campus for parents/guardians of new DSS students to explain the process for applying for DSS supports and the supports available in CIT, the role of parents/guardians in supporting their son/daughter at third level, and answer any questions.
  • We recommend that Parents/Guardians also read the DSS 2019/20 Guide - and if you have any questions please email


DSS supports


Information about the DSS supports is in our Guide. Please click here to download. 

A hard copy of the Guide will be available from the CIT Access Office, Student Centre, Bishopstown Campus mid August 2019.

Our website has information about the different supports and information that might apply to you:

If you think you need supports/ reasonable accommodations for accessing your course, your lectures, or exams you must apply to the DSS in order to these - see our Applying for Supports webpage.


CAO and DARE information and offers

  • Information about the DARE places available and the offers process is on our webpage:
  • 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.
  • Students who are or who are not eligible for DARE who get a CIT place on their own merit are welcome to apply for DSS supports.
  • For more information about starting a course at CIT in September please see the Admissions webpage: and you can also e-mail them at

Student accommodation

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

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

DSS Queries

If you have any queries please email  and please include your name, date of birth and CAO number.