Please find below some answers to frequently asked questions about the academic year 2020-2021. Students are asked to note that as this is quite a dynamic situation dictated by public health considerations, they should continue to monitor the CIT Covid-19 Support Portal and email for updates.

What will the blended academic delivery model for Semester 1 mean for me as a student?

In general, lectures will be delivered remotely. You will therefore need access to a computer and internet connectivity. Further guidance is available at CIT Support. Student training materials on CIT’s Learning Management System, Canvas, continue to be available from the Technology Enhanced Learning Department.

The situation for small group learning activities such as practicals, workshops, kitchens, laboratories and tutorials will vary according to your programme. Some of these will be delivered face-to-face on campus, while others will be delivered remotely. It will depend on factors such as the needs and requirements of the academic discipline, space considerations, and the stage of your programme.

To read the CIT Academic Delivery Model for 2020/21, go to the relevant links below. Please note these files are subject to further updates, so it is advised to check regularly.

How will I find out the arrangements for my programme?

We will keep you updated on the arrangements as they are put in place.  Please monitor Covid-19 Portal  and your email for updates. As arrangements are completed, academic departments will email programme-specific information to their students regarding remote and on-campus provision.  

I am trying to decide on my accommodation requirements for next year. Any advice?

This is a dynamic situation dictated by public health considerations. We are therefore advising students to take account of this when making arrangements regarding accommodation and travel to/from CIT in 2020-2021.

As already indicated, students are advised to ensure that any arrangements with regard to accommodation and/or travel are as flexible as possible. Where a class is required to be on campus for small group learning activities, we will do our best to ensure that the number of days on which that class is required to be on campus is kept as small as possible.

CIT’s Accommodation Office (email: ) assists students in finding a suitable place to live, providing information and guidance to students on the accommodation most appropriate to their needs. Listings are updated regularly at CIT Accommodation section.

Please note that while every effort is made to facilitate students seeking accommodation, the Institute is not involved in any agreement/contracts entered into between students and landlords or other accommodation providers.

I have read about the Government’s laptop scheme to assist with remote learning. Will there be an opportunity for CIT students to apply?

A sum of €515,866 has been allocated to CIT under this scheme. Applications can be made through the Student Assistance Fund Institute’s Student Assistance Fund.

Applications will be accepted between the following dates:
Semester 1: 28 September – 4 December 2020
Semester 2: 25 January – 26 March 2021

If you have further questions, please email

Will there be a blended academic delivery model in Semester 2 as well as in Semester 1?

A decision will be made in relation to Semester 2 delivery as and when clarity emerges in the first semester.

What are the Craft Apprentices term dates?

Term 1           

Monday 28th September 2020 – Friday 4th December 2020 (10-week blocks)

Monday 28th September 2020 – Friday 11th December 2020 (11-week blocks)

Term 2          

Monday 4th January 2021 – Friday 12th March 2021 (10-week blocks)

Monday 4th January 2021 – Friday 19th March 2021 (11-week blocks)

Term 3

Tuesday 6th April 2021 – Friday 11th June 2021 (10-week blocks)

Tuesday 6th April 2021 – Friday 18th June 2021 (11-week blocks)

SOLAS cancelled some of my practical craft assessments in Term 2 of 2019/2020, due to COVID-19. Will there be an opportunity to complete those soon?

Apprentices who have outstanding practical assessments from Term 2 of 2019/2020, will be asked to complete these assessments on campus. Dates remain to be confirmed.

Are CIT libraries open and what facilities are available?

CIT libraries are open and offer a range of services in line with best practices to ensure a safe environment. Services include a click & collect option whereby staff and students can pre-order books for pickup without having to enter the library. Socially distanced study spaces and access to student computers are also available but must be booked in advance. Please note that libraries will close at regular intervals throughout the day for cleaning.

Library staff are available in person and online and full details of services can be found on the CIT Libraries Covid 19 Portal

How will CIT Student Services operate in 2020-2021?

Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the Institute’s Student Services have continued to run remotely and engage with students. These services, including Access and Disability, Pastoral Care, Counselling, Medical Service, and the Careers Service have resumed some face-to-face activity but will also be available remotely.

CIT’s student clubs and societies have prepared for the forthcoming academic year and have been addressing innovative ways in which to engage with students and staff during the pandemic. These services will communicate with students during the term.

Will the Good Start programme take place in 2020-2021?

AnSEO – the Student Engagement Office will roll out the Good Start programme in each semester.   The Semester 1 Good Start will be extended in order to afford students the maximum opportunity to benefit from it.

What about the Academic Learning Centre?

The Academic Learning Centre will continue to deliver and enhance support across a range of disciplines, both face-to-face and remotely.

Will CIT Academic Success Coaching be available?

CIT Academic Success Coaches will also be available to students, again both face-to-face and remotely.