The college was founded in 1878 and became a school of Cork Institute of Technology in 1993. The school currently operates from a five-floor purpose-built conservatory which was built on the site of the former premises. It opened in 2007 and was designed by Murray O'Laoire and Buro Happold.
CIT offers full-time, part-time and specialist courses in Art, Business and Humanities, Computing and Information Technology, Engineering, Media, Music, Nautical Studies, and Science.
Research is a core dimension of CIT activity. In collaboration with a wide range of organisations including Higher Education Institutions, Industry, State and Voluntary Bodies, CIT is involved in research that contributes to supporting:
What does the Careers Service provide?
Student-centered, careers education and guidance for the benefit of the individual's personal, professional and employability skills development.
Who do we work with?
The Careers Service actively engages with CIT Students, Employers and CIT Staff and Academics.
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The Accommodation Office assists students in finding a suitable place to live. The service provides information and guidance to students on the accommodation most appropriate to their needs.
The main library at Cork Institute of Technology moved to its new facility in 1994. In a total area of 2,600 square metres, the library provides more than 600 study spaces, more than 65,000 volumes along with subscriptions to a comprehensive collection of journal titles. These cover all subject areas taught in the college including Science, Engineering, Business, Social studies and Humanities.
Cit students have a dedicated website for all support services, including IT support.
The Medical Centre is situated on the Bishopstown Campus. We are available to all of our full-time students including those in the CIT Cork School of Music, the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design and the National Maritime College of Ireland. We are open to students during term time and provide a comprehensive range of services suitable for students’ needs.
CIT has four principal Campuses:
The main campus is located in Bishopstown and covers an area of approximately 80 acres. As well as the original RTC building, the campus consists of the Library & IT Building, Gymnasium, Astroturf pitch, running track and playing pitches. The campus also has numerous temporary buildings which house both administrative offices and classrooms.
CIT Sports Facilities are among the finest in Ireland. The main facilities are ideally located on campus and can be easily accessed. These include:
Education means more than just academic learning. Joining a society will give you the opportunity to enhance your skills in organising events, activities and managing finance. The diversity of CIT Societies means that practically every taste is catered for. CIT Societies are some of the best Societies in Ireland frequently winning at the BICS (Board of Irish College Societies) National Awards. Students who are at the heart of running CIT Societies have achieved the honour of winning National ‘Society of the Year’, ‘Most Improved Society’, ‘Best Event’ as well as ‘Individual Awards’.
Cork Institute of Technology operates under the terms of the Qualifications Act (1999) and therefore all courses lead to an award of a qualification which is fully recognised and conforms with the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
CIT's programmes operate under a quality system which is approved by HETAC, the Higher Education & Training Awards Council.
Overall, it has gone quite well. The quality of teaching is good and most staff really want to help and support where possible. First year was hard at times socially because you are in halls of residences with no proper chill out space and can either get really outgoing students or those who keep themselves to themselves which is hard if you are quite social. Although...
CIT is a great college with a really wide range of courses
The course didn’t include work experience and there were some difficulties with certain lectures
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