Prepare for Arrival

We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus in September 2021. This section will give you further information about how to prepare for your arrival and the beginning of your academic studies.

When to arrive?

Students should be on campus and ready to start their academic studies when teaching begins. 

Travel restrictions may require students to quarantine on arrival to Ireland. Students should arrive to Ireland with enough time to complete quarantine before teaching begins.

When will teaching begin? 

20 September  – Teaching begins for all students except Year 1 undergraduate students

27 September – Teaching begins for Year 1 undergraduate students

The 2021/22 Academic Calendar has further information on key dates during the academic year including holidays and examinations.  


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Before teaching commences, students at IT Sligo attend Induction. This is an opportunity to learn more about IT Sligo, complete important tasks and meet new people.   

As part of Induction, the International Office will provide you with important information about being an international student in Ireland. This will include information sessions about opening bank accounts, registering with immigration, working in Ireland as a student and the Third Level Graduate Scheme.  

There will be 2 inductions in September 2021

  • 15-16 September – for students that have a teaching start date of 20 September 2021 
  • 22-23 September – for students that have a teaching start date of 27 September 2021 

Prepare for Arrival

Travel Restrictions

There are strict travel requirements for anyone travelling to Ireland. 

The actions that you will need to complete will depend on the country you are travelling from and your vaccination status.

Full details are available on the Government of Ireland website

Students should read the information carefully and take appropriate action. 

Please contact the International Office if you need help understanding the requirements. 

Airport Collections

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

There will be an airport collection service for international students. 

Airport collections will be available from August 1st to October 4th. 

An online booking form will be available shortly. 

Students must complete the booking form at least 7 days before travelling. 

Visa & Immigration

Many students from outside of the EU/EEA will require a visa to travel to Ireland. 

Students should apply for their visa as soon as possible.  

When travelling to Ireland, students will pass through Border Control. An immigration officer will check passports and documents. You should pack all important documentation in your hand luggage. 

Learn more about visa, immigration and border control. 


Students should have accommodation booked for when they arrive to Ireland. 

Learn more about the accommodation options near IT Sligo. 

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Medical Insurance

Non-EU/EEA students must have private medical insurance for their time in Ireland. 

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

Learn more about Medical Insurance 


All students must follow the public health guidelines in Ireland. 

Detailed information about the current public health guidelines can be located o 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. 

Ordering Groceries Online

In Sligo you can order shopping online and have it delivered directly to your accommodation.

Tesco and SuperValu, deliver food/groceries online. 

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


Phones/SIM Cards

You can choose to purchase a new phone when you arrive in Ireland, or you can use your existing (unlocked) phone with an Irish sim card.

There are several different mobile network providers in Ireland. They offer a range of different options and price plans.

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