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Advice for 2020 International Students

Guidance for International Applicants to DkIT in 2020

Thank you for choosing to study at DkIT and we hope you and your family and keeping well in the current climate. We understand that these are exceptional times and we want to reassure you that at DkIT we are here to support you. We have included some information below to help answer some queries you might have regarding your programme start dates etc.

 

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Programme Applications, Commencement Dates & Delivery

Undergraduate – First Year

  • 1. What is the closing date for first year undergraduate applications?

    The closing date for first year undergraduate applications is 30th August 2020.

  • 2. When should I pay my full first year undergraduate tuition fees?

    All fees should be paid in full by 30th June 2020 for all current offer holders and applications made up until 15th June 2020. For all new applications after 15th June 2020, all fees should be paid by 15th August 2020.

  • 3. What is the new commencement date for first year undergraduate students in 2020?

    As a result of COVID-19, classes for Year 1 students are planned to start on 28th September. Classes for all other students will start on 30th September.

  • 4. When are the welcome days for first year undergraduate students in 2020?

    International Welcome Day for Year 1 students and International Foundation Programme students will take place on 22nd September. International Welcome Day for all other International and Erasmus students will take place on 23rd September.

  • 5. Will part of my programme be delivered online this year due to COVID-19?

    Programmes will be delivered through blended learning, i.e. classroom and online.

  • 6. Will my Academic year finish later in 2021 if my programme commences in November?

    It is anticipated that your academic year will conclude by June 2021. The Academic Calendar for 20/21 is in process.

  • 7. Can I defer my place if I’m unable to travel?

    Yes, you can defer your entry until September 2021 for first year undergraduate. Deferrals need to be applied for to the relevant School. Please request a Deferral Request form from our International Office.

  • 8. Can I take my programme online in my home-country in 20/21?

    You need to attend at DkIT in the academic year 202020/21. The practicals and skills-elements of your programme will be face-to-face, so you need to attend. All lectures will be online. It may be possible to attend some lectures on campus if you are experiencing connectivity-issues.

  • 9. I will be arriving late to Ireland due to visa-delays. Can I login to classes?

    You need to be a registered student of DkIT to access your online lectures. You need to be approved for your visa and have paid your tuition fees to complete your DkIT student registration.  As a registered student you will be able to access lectures online from your home country if you are delayed travelling to Ireland due to visa-delay.

  • 10. I have stayed in Ireland since lockdown. Do I need to complete the daily online symptom-tracking health questionnaire?

    No, but, you are strongly encouraged to download the COVID-19 Tracker app from https://covidtracker.gov.ie/ This is a free app for your mobile phone to daily-check yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19. It will help us to protect each other and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland. You will also be required at DkIT online-registration to complete a self-declaration form stating that you are well and safe to return to campus. 

  • 11. I returned to my home-country during, or after lockdown. What do I need to do before travelling back to Ireland?

    You are required to complete an online symptom-tracking health questionnaire every day for 14 days before you leave your home-country and every day for 14 days after your arrival in Ireland. This questionnaire was emailed to all international students by DkIT International Office. The questionnaire can also be downloaded from the DkIT student portal. 

    You are also required to submit a completed COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before you arrive in Dublin Airport. The form can be downloaded at: https://cvd19plf-prod1.powerappsportals.com/en-us/

  • 12. Is there any training I need to do before coming onto DkIT campus?

    All International and Erasmus students are required to complete the Return-to-Campus Training before coming onto the campus at https://www.dkit.ie/assets/uploads/documents/COVID19/Student-Return-to-Campus/DkIT_Students-Covid_Induction_Training_Return_to_Campus.pdf Please emaile michelle.farrell@dkit.ie to confirm that you have completed this training before you come on to the campus.

  • 13. What do I do when I arrive at Dublin Airport?

    A free meet-and-greet private bus is being coordinated nationally at Dublin Airport for all incoming international and Erasmus students to Ireland. The bus operates daily from 05.00 to 20.00 each evening. To avail of this free bus, you must complete the Arrival Form (emailed to you by DkIT International Office) and send it to summer.wu@dkit.ie one week in advance of your arrival in Ireland so that the meet-and-greet company can coordinate your bus transfer to Dundalk. 

    If you arriving outside of these hours please let DkIT International Office know. The bus will stop at the 3 halls-of-residence in Dundalk: Greenpark (on campus); Setanta-Oriel House (Dublin Road) and Mourne View Hall (Dublin Road). If you are travelling onwards to a private accommodation in Dundalk, DkIT International Office will arrange a local taxi transfer to your accommodation for you. Requests for this taxi service must be made to Summer Wu (DkIT International Office) by email or by phone to +353 (0)87 7511519

  • 14. I wish to make private arrangements for my transfer to Dundalk. What do I do?

    If you do not wish to avail of the free meet-and-greet bus service you still must complete and send the Arrival Form to us for national reporting requirements on arrival-numbers. 

  • 15. Do I need to restrict my movements after I arrive in Ireland?

    You are required by the Government to restrict your movements for 14 days after your arrival in Ireland if you are travelling to Ireland from a country that is not on the current Green List (https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/8868e-view-the-covid-19-travel-advice-list/)

     Restricted movement requires you to not go to college, to limit your social contacts, leave your apartment only where necessary (e.g food-shopping, pharmacy and daily exercise) while applying 2 metres social distance). 

  • 16. What does it mean if I am asked to self-isolate?

    Self isolation means staying in your accommodation and completely avoiding contact with other people. This includes people in your household as much as possible. You will need to self-isolate if you have symptoms of coronavirus, or while you wait for a test appointment, and your test results. If you are required by a medical professional to self-isolate and you need support in your accommodation, please contact us at DkIT International Office.

  • 17. Checklist before I travel to Ireland?

    • Your fees-paid confirmation letter evidencing payment of your DkIT tuition and health insurance fees 
    • Your passport (with valid entry visa)
    • Confirmation of your Accommodation address in Dundalk
    • Submission of the Arrival Form to DkIT International Office one week pre-travel
    • Your daily completed online symptom-tracking health questionnaire 
    • Completed COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form
    • Supplies of face-coverings (particularly for the first 14 days Restricted Movement), 
    • hand-sanitiser
    • thermometer
  • 18. Where can I get accommodation support?

    If you are seeking additional help with sourcing a private house, or homestay family, please contact Tanya Rice in DkIT International Office at tanya.rice@dkit.ie

Advanced Entry/Postgraduate/ International Foundation Programme (IFP)

  • 1. What is the closing date for postgraduate/advanced entry/IFP applications?

    The closing date for postgraduate/advanced entry/IFP applications is 15th July 2020. Applications for the MBS programme will close on 31st May 2020. Where possible, applications for Advanced Entry Bachelor programmes and Postgraduate programmes should be received by 31st May to allow time for review by Faculty and processing of visa-applications, where required.

  • 2. When should I pay my full postgraduate/advanced entry/IFP tuition fees?

    All fees should be paid in full by 30th June 2020 for all current offer holders and applications made up until 15th June 2020. For all new applications received after 15th June 2020, fees must be paid in full by 15th August 2020.

  • 3. What is the commencement date for postgraduate/advanced entry/IFP students?

    All advanced entry/postgraduate/IFP students will commence classes on 30th September 2020. 

  • 4. When are the welcome days for postgraduate/advanced entry/IFP students?

    International Welcome Day for Undergrad Advanced Entry, Postgrad students and Erasmus students will take place on 23rd September.

  • 5. Will part of my programme be delivered online this year due to COVID-19?

    Programmes will be delivered through blended learning, i.e. classroom and online.

  • 6. Can I defer my place if I’m unable to travel?

    Yes, you can defer your entry onto our programmes until September 2021 for postgraduate and advanced entry and until January/June/September 2021 for our IFP programme. Deferrals need to be applied for to the relevant School. Please request a Deferral Request form from our International Office. 


Entry Requirements

Academic Transcripts

DkIT will accept transcripts from students up until the end of 2019 and into 2020 (if available) for admission into our programmes in September & November. This is relevant for students who find themselves faced with the following scenarios:

  • iGCSE/A Level/IB Exams cancelled
  • Local high school exams cancelled
  • Delays in receiving final high school exam results
  • Delays in receiving final University transcripts

Where students are waiting to receive results, it is important that when received, they are sent through to DkIT.

Note: A certified English translation is required for any results and qualifications not issued in English. You should still send a copy of the untranslated version for DkIT to have on file.

 

Proof of English language proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence (as part of their application documentation) of equivalent competence in English Language, through their school leaving examination or matriculation examination or by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English Language test ( TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, Cambridge or equivalent English language test).

Due to COVID-19 many English language test centres are closed and students are unable to sit their tests. To overcome this issue, DkIT will accept the following online English language tests for students commencing in September/November 2020:

 


Visas

All visa queries should be directed to your Education Agent or to the Irish Embassy in your home country. A list of the Irish Embassies abroad can be found here:
https://www.dfa.ie/embassies/irish-embassies-abroad/

Please email international@dkit.ie with your visa application number when received. DkIT will be providing the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) with this information in order to assist and speed up visa processing.

 


Accommodation 

Our International Office has a dedicated Accommodation Support service. We offer a range of halls-ofresidence, and offer assistance with options of Homestays and private housing.

If you have any queries about accommodation, please contact our Accommodation Officer, Tanya Rice (tanya.rice@dkit.ie)

 


Scholarships

We have a range of scholarships. These will be discussed with you on review of your application.

 


Arrivals

Students are requested to confirm to the International Office their arrival date. Current Irish Government requirements for anyone entering the country is that restriction of movement applies for 14 days. This means staying in your accommodation and going out only for essential supplies and for exercise for a period of 14 days after arriving in Ireland.

People travelling to Ireland from the following countries will not be required to restrict their movements after arriving to Ireland, according to new Government guidelines, as their current levels of COVID-19 are similar to Ireland:
Finland, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cypress, Slovakia, Greece, Greenland.

 


Contact Us

If you have any questions about joining DkIT later this year, please contact the DKIT International Office (details below) or you can contact your Education Agent.

  • DkIT International Office

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