Prepare for Arrival

We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus! Before and after travelling to Ireland there are important steps that all students must complete.
Start preparing for your arrival to IT Sligo today!

Important Information

Sligo is in the north west of Ireland, approximately 3 hours from Dublin.

The closest International Airport to Sligo is Dublin International Airport.

Sligo is connected to Dublin by coach and rail.

You should travel to Sligo before teaching commences. Induction will occur on Friday 14th January. 

This will give you time to settle into your accommodation and attend Induction.

Covid-19 travel restrictions may also have an impact when you should travel to Ireland. 

January 2022 Intake: there will be an Induction Information Session on 14 January 2022. Learn more here 

September 2022 Intake: Induction dates will be confirmed in Spring/Summer 2022. 

January 2022 Intake: Classes will begin on the week beginning the 17 January 2021 

September 2022 Intake: The date will be confirmed in Spring/Summer 2022 but classes normally begin in mid-September. 

The Academic Calendar provides students with important dates including holiday and examination periods.   

The 2021/22 Academic Calendar is available online here.

The 2022/23 Academic Calendar will be released in Spring/Summer 2022.

Pre-Departure Checklist

Many international students will need a visa to travel to Ireland.

You can apply for a study visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to Ireland.

Learn more about visa and immigration here.

You must have accommodation booked for when you arrive to Ireland. 

Learn more about the accommodation options near IT Sligo. 

Non-EU/EEA students must have private medical insurance before travelling to Ireland. 

EU/EEA students should have their EHIC card before travelling to Ireland. 

Learn more about Medical Insurance 

At border control, you may be asked to show important documentation relating to your visit to Ireland. You should pack these documents in your hand luggage. Learn more

You must check the Covid-19 travel restrictions before travelling to Ireland.

These are available on the Government of Ireland website

You may need to complete certain actions before, and after,  travelling to Ireland.

Please check these restrictions regularly as they can change.

It is your responsibility to meet all requirements of the Irish Government.  


Pre-Departure Session are held virtually. They provide students with useful information about travelling to Ireland and preparing for their academic studies at IT Sligo. 

You will receive further information about pre-departure sessions by email. 

You must not travel to Ireland if you feel unwell or have symptoms of Covid-19

At the Airport

Dublin International Airport is the closest international airport to IT Sligo.

You will go through Border Control at Dublin International Airport.

A Border Control Officer will check your documents. They may also ask you questions about your visit.

Learn more here

We recommend you bring the following documents in your hand luggage.

  • Passport (and visa if applicable) 
  • IT Sligo Offer Letter
  • Accommodation details 
  • Tuition Fee Receipt or Sponsorship Letter
  • Evidence that you have completed the Government of Ireland Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form 
  • Evidence of PCR test results (if applicable) 
  • Evidence of Covid-19 vaccination status (if applicable) 

If you are travelling from a country outside of the EU, you should also have:

  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Evidence that you have access to at least €3,000

Bus Eireann Expressway Coach Service operates a service from Dublin International Airport to Sligo. This is the easiest way to travel to Sligo.

The Route Number is 23. The coach departs from Atrium Zone 13 (Stop 11) at Dublin International Airport. This is only a short walk from Terminals 1 and 2. A map is available here.

The timetable is available online here.

You can purchase tickets online via the Expressway website . A single ticket for 1 adult is €20 (price checked in Dec 2021)

The journey takes approximately 3 hours.

After arriving in Sligo, you can then travel to your accommodation by taxi or public transportation

Airplane in the air

After Arriving in Ireland

All students must follow all public health guidelines and travel restrictions after you arrive in Ireland. 

Detailed information is available at the Government of Ireland website.

Students should download and use the HSE Covid-19 Tracker App. 

This is a free app to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Ireland. 


After arriving in Ireland, you will be eligible to receive a vaccine 

Learn more about Ireland’s vaccine roll out, and how to register,  on the HSE Vaccine website.  

After arriving in Ireland, if you feel unwell or develop symptoms you should self isolate and contact a health provider to get tested. 

During term time, you can contact the IT Sligo Health Service 

if required, you can order shopping online and have it delivered directly to your accommodation.

Tesco and SuperValu are 2 grocery stores that deliver food/groceries online. 

These shops also sell household/ cleaning supplies and beauty/personal care product. 

Keep up to date with the IT Sligo Covid-19 updates online here

Help and Support

Pre-departure Session

There will be a pre-deprature session in December 2021. You will recieve further information by email.

Useful Links


Further information is available on the Government of Ireland website. (Please see section ‘What fully vaccinated means’)

Yes, everyone travelling to Ireland must complete a Government of Ireland Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form before travelling to Ireland. This can be completed online. Failure to complete the form is an offence.