Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions? We have answers!


We know this can be a challenging time for students and parents alike - so we have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to help you out!

I got offered my second choice, but I really want to get my first choice course. Should I accept my second choice?

You should accept your second choice, as you may not get offered your first choice in later rounds of CAO offers.  If you do get offered your first choice in a later round, you will still be able to accept that.

I didn’t get an offer in the first round, can I get a second round offer?

If a course does not fill on Round 1, it may go to Round 2, and will be filled from a waiting list.  You can email the Admissions Office or phone them directly at 091 74 20 84 to find out more about the process.  Best of luck!

I got offered my second choice, but would prefer my third choice. Is there any chance I will get offered my third choice?

I’m afraid not.  You are only offered courses in order of preference (i.e. in the order you put them on your CAO form).   Hence, it is extremely important that you list your courses based on genuine order of preference and not on assumptions about examination performance or what you think the points will be for a course.  At the offer stage you will receive an offer of the course highest up your course choices list that you are deemed eligible for.  For more information about how offers are issued and ‘Order of Preference’ visit the CAO video guides in the ‘Student Resources’ section of the CAO website.

I got offered the same course at Level 7 and Level 8, which should I accept?

The content of Level 7 and Level 8 programmes with the same name (at GMIT) are exactly the same.  Which one you accept depends on whether you wish to commit now to a four year Level 8 programme, or to a 3 year Level 7 programme.  If you do the latter, you can apply to do a one year-add on which will give you the Level 8 qualification.  You should also note, that if you take the Level 8 programme, and wish to stop after 3 years, you may apply for a Level 7 exit award.

If I take a place on a similar course in another college, can I transfer to GMIT next year?

We accept transfer students from other colleges, if they have completed study to an appropriate level, of similar content, and if we have places available. You will have to apply to transfer to GMIT, and we will look at each application on an individual basis.

How can I find out which courses have vacant places?

Any courses in GMIT with vacant places are listed on the CAO website from mid July onwards.  See here for details.

When are timetables released?

You will be given your timetable during induction.  When you are registered and have your IT Password, you will be able to see your timetables on

Can I pay my fees in instalments?

Yes, GMIT offers an instalment plan option.  Please email us at Fee Collection to review payment options.  Students with exceptional circumstances may be considered for financial support towards their fees through the Student Services office.  Please email Student Services for further information in relation to this.

I have a query in relation to fees, who should I contact?

Email the Fees Office or 091 74 25 35 for any queries in relation to fees due and paying in instalments.

Where can I find out about accommodation options for GMIT?

Details for accommodation for students attending all of our campuses is available here.

What clubs and societies does GMIT have?

GMIT Students’ Union runs many clubs and societies.  You can find a list here. Remember, if you don’t see the club or society you want the Students’ Union can help you start a new one!

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.  You can email the Access Office or phone them directly at 091 74 2129.

What support does GMIT provide for students with disabilities?

GMIT’s Access Office supports students with disabilities, chronic illness and specific learning disabilities.  Find out more here.

I find maths difficult. Does GMIT provide any supports?

GMIT runs a fantastic drop-in Maths Support Centre.  Further details are available here.

Are there supports for mature learners?

Yes, the Access Office provides a range of supports for mature learners.  Email the Access Office or phone them at 091 74 21 29 for details.  You may also find the Student Success Toolbox useful, as it is targeted at supporting mature students from thinking about study to the first weeks of college.

If I decide to leave my course or defer it, how do I go about it?

GMIT recognises that, occasionally, students wish to leave the Institute without completing their programme of study.

If you are thinking of leaving, please discuss your options with us first so that you make the best decision for you. Talk to your Head of Department before you finalise your decision.

Read more about deferring or withdrawing your programme