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New/Incoming students

Information for New/Incoming Students

**We will be updating this information in mid/late August with information for the new 2020/21 academic year**.


  • 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) once you have received your CIT place.
  • 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 so we can arrange an Early Needs Assessment with you in July/August.
  • Government laptop scheme: Currently we do not have any information about the government laptop scheme announced in July but will update the website once these details are confirmed.


DSS Welcome Events for new students and Parents/Guardians

New Students

CIT DSS Student Orientation –

The DSS Orientation for new students will be available online/remotely for 2020/21 students. We plan to have information videos and a live event(s) in conjunction withe Access Service. Further information will be updated in August 2020.

  • The DSS Guide will be updated for 2020/21 in August but you can read the DSS 2019/20 Guide for information on DSS supports
  • You will be able to apply for DSS supports once the Round 1 CAO/DARE offers are issued.
  • Copies of the 2019/20 Orientation presentation slides are available to download here (PDF - 3MB) for your reference.


Parents/Guardians of new students 2020/21 - This information will updated in August 2020.

  • The CIT DSS will have information available remotely for parents/guardians of 2020/21 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.
  • Copies of the 2019/20 presentation slides from the information evening we usually run each year are available to download here (PDF - 2MB)
  • We recommend that Parents/Guardians also read the DSS Guide (this will be updated in August for 2020/21) - and if you have any questions please email


DSS supports


Information about the DSS supports is in our 2019/20 guide. The 2020/21 guide will be available in mid August. 

A hard copy of the Guide will be available from the CIT Access Office, Student Centre, Bishopstown Campus mid August 2020.

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 the new academic year 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.