1. After I arrive in the airport, how can I get to the Institute?
For International Students (non-EU): After you have booked your flight tickets, you send your Arrival and Accommodation reservation form to DkIT. You can do this yourself, or with the help of your agent. The International Office will arrange for you to be collected from Dublin Airport and brought to your accommodation by taxi. You will receive a SIM card on arrival, so that you can make a phone-call to your family.
2. How can I find a house to rent?
For all NON-Eu International Students arriving for the first time at DkIT, the International Office will help organize your accommodation. There are also possibilities to rent private housing (listing is available), and also to stay wtih Host Families. New students are encouraged to stay in one of the halls-of-residence in their first year to settle in, and get to know other students.
3. Is there a special Welcome programme for international students?
Yes. We host International Welcome Days twice yearly (in September and January) - on the Thursday and Friday before semester commences. It is really desirable that you book your flights to ensure arrival in time for Welcome Days. These Days are an important opportunity to meet other new students and DkIT students from the International Studenty Society (ESN), learn about important student services and supports, meet with your Head of Department, get registered as a DkIT student, have a campus tour, and open a bank account.
If you miss the Welcome Days, the International Office staff will provide you with orientation information on your first day with us. Where possible, try to be here arrive in time for our official Welcome Days.
2. How can I find a part time job?
The general ways to look for jobs are from DkIT career service noticeboard, which publishes updated part-time job information. Local newspapers (The Argus and Dundalk Democrat) my have listings also. Newspaper can be purchased weekly in the College Shop, or are available in the Institute Library to read.
You may get job contacts from other international students in your accommodation, or class.
International students are allowed to work 20 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week during holidays. You willl have to obtain a Personal Public Service number (PPS) if you get a part-time job and give it to your employer.
3. How long is the undergraduate programme?
The Bachelor Degree (General) normally takes 3 years of study. The Bachelor Degree (Honours) normally takes 4 years of study (wtih the exception of Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance Programme, which is a 3-year Honours Degree).
4. How long will I get a student visa for?
Normally the student visa is valid for one academic year (until 30th of September of the following academic year). Except for Foundation students starting in January.
5. My student visa is due to expire. How do I renew it?
The process is similar to original registration, except that bank statements are not normally required. The fee for visa renewal is EUR 300. The renewal period will be determined after a check on your course attendance. If your records show that you have less than 85% attendance, you will only be granted a 3 month extension on your visa. This extension is provided in order to give you the chance to get your attendance above 85%. If you manage to do this successfully you will be granted a visa for the remainder of the academic year. If this is the case you will have to pay another EUR 300 at this stage.
5. Do you have scholarships for international students?
Yes. There is a scholarship scheme available to students studying particular programmes at DkIT.
6. What support services do you have for international students?
All of our International Staff will support you with any questions you have, or if you have a problem and need to be pointed in the right direction to a service provider in another office of DkIT. Ms. Summer Wu in the International Office will guide you through orientation (if you miss Welcome Days), and is available, where necessary, for emergency out-of-hours office support, at evenings and weekends.
Institute Support services include Health Unit (Doctor and Nurse on campus), Counselling service for emotional support and well-being, Chaplaincy Service, Clubs and Societies, Careers Service, Exams Office, Disability Office, International Student Society (ESN International), Clubs and Societies etc.
9. Will I need to register with the Police after arriving at DkIT?
Yes, after you register at DkIT, you will need to complete immigration paperwork with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) in Dundalk. Documents you will require for this include: passport, evidence of financial support (typically €3,000 in your bank account to finance your studies in Ireland), a letter from DkIT confirming your student status, receipt of your tuition fees paid, health insurance, and €300 GNIB fee.
Ms. Summer Wu will accompany you on your first visit to the GNIB.
10. How can I ship goods home while at DkIT?
There are shipping companies that will transport goods for you. (Try www.emeraldglobalmovers.com)
11. Regulations for driving in Ireland?
Remember to drive on the left! When driving in Ireland, note the following speed limits: urban areas (50 kmh), periphery of towns: (60 kmh), national primary routes (100 kmh), motorways (120 kmh). Irish laws are strict in relation to drink-driving and speeding offences. Spot checks are frequent and can incur 2 penalty points on your driver's licence for speeding. For regulations around a driving licence check out http://www.quoteme.ie/driving-in-ireland.