First Year Advice

Advice for new first year students - welcome programme, PASS, Skills Innovation and more

GMIT First Year Students

Leagan Gaeilge

Thank you for choosing GMIT!  We're pleased that you have decided to spend the next few years of your life with us.

We want to make it as easy as possible for you as a first year student, so take some time to read the following information which we feel will be helpful to you:


#First5Weeks Welcome Programme

We know that going away to college is a big change, and the Welcome Programme at GMIT is designed to make it easier.

We have developed a 5 Week Welcome Programme which integrates the social and academic aspects of life as a student.

It is important for first year students to attend from 7th - 9th September, 2016 - start time details and more information about the Welcome Programme coming soon!


Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)
Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a programme which helps first year students settle into college life and develop independent learning skills.

It involves trained student leaders from second, third and fourth year, who facilitate weekly one-hour timetabled study sessions with our first year students.

During a PASS session, first year students can ask a PASS leader to help with a variety of issues including:

  • How to get the most out of lectures
  • Locating resources in the library
  • Practicing presentations
  • Tackling assessments and exams
  • Other matters of concern, such as financial or accommodation issues

Read more about Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) at GMIT.


Learning and Innovation Skills (LIS)
As a first year student, you need help developing your learning skills to meet the demands of third-level study.  In order to ease the transition from second to third level, all first year students at GMIT take a module called Learning and Innovation Skills (LIS). The LIS module covers topics including:

  • Learning at third level
  • Time management
  • Group work/team skills
  • Learning with Moodle
  • Study skills
  • Problem solving skill
  • Personal development plans

Lecturers have freedom in how this module is delivered to maximise impact for the different programmes.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

What is a programme?
A programme is the course chosen by you to study.

What is a module?
A module is a subject on which you are assessed/examined.

Who should I talk to if I have a question in relation to my programme?
Each programme has a Programme Coordinator who is happy to deal with any queries you have in relation to your programme.

What happens if I fail a module?
The Academic Code of Practice No 3 'Student Assessment: Marks & Standards' sets out standards for satisfactory academic performance.  You are strongly encouraged to read this policy as it explains what is expected of students in order to progress within GMIT.

I have a question in relation to fees, who should I contact?
The Student Query Desk deals with all queries relating to Admission, Registration, Grants and Fees.  Read more for answers to some frequently asked questions relating to fees

If I decide to leave my programme or defer it, how do I go about it?
You must complete a Withdrawal/Exiting Form or a Deferral Form which can be obtained from your School Office.

Will I have a student email account?
Each student has a student email account which is used to inform students about GMIT events, academic and other notices.

I have a disability/medical condition, who should I talk to about this?
Students with disabilities should contact the Access Office in advance of commencing their course or as early as possible in the academic year so that supports can be put in place.

Other sections of this website will provide you with useful information on accommodation, student services and the activities of the Students' Union.

Further Information: 

Parking on campus
Information on parking at each campus

Stay safe on campus
An Garda Síochána Information Sheet (PDF, 72KB)

Code of Student Conduct
Code of Student Conduct 2015/2016 (PDF, 334 KB)   
Cód Iompraíochta na Mac Léinn 2014/2015 (PDF, 247KB)

Interested in extra curricular activities?
Why not check out our Clubs & Societies