Useful information for parents of prospective or new students

Leagan Gaeilge

Applying to college can be overwhelming for both students and their parents.  Here, we have tried to summarise the information you might be looking for.


The best way to get information about courses and student life in GMIT is to attend one of our Open Days.

GMIT's final Open Morning is taking place in GMIT's Galway campuses on Saturday, 6th of May 2017 from 10am to 12.30pm, and will provide information on courses at:

GMIT Galway campus
GMIT Centre for Creative Arts & Media
GMIT Letterfrack
GMIT Mountbellew

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Students wishing to enter the first year of one of our courses (Level 6, 7 or 8), will need to apply through the Central Applications Office, or CAO. Students wishing to apply for an add-on or post-graduate qualification, or those who wish to enter a 2nd or subsequent year, need to apply directly to GMIT.

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All full-time students have to pay a Student Contribution fee of €3,000 per annum.  There may also be some extra costs associated with their course, and/or with living away from home.  Financial help is available for some students in the form of a Maintenance Grant, the Student Assistance Fund, and the Student Support Fund.

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Student accommodation is widely available close to GMIT’s campus locations.  Click here to go to the GMIT Student Union accommodation website for listings in Galway, Castlebar, Letterfrack, and Mountbellew. Please note that the accommodation is privately owned, and is not vetted or approved by GMIT or GMIT Students Union. The Students' Union also offers advice on different types of accommodation and tenants rights and duties.



GMIT offers the following scholarships and access programmes:

  • Special Sports and Cultural Achievement (SSCA) Scheme
  • Academic Scholarships
  • Sporting Scholarships
  • Access Scholarship Programme

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GMIT has a dedicated Student Service team which is there to support students throughout their time in college.  Services include:

  • Careers Services: to help students make informed career decisions and identify occupations that would suit their interests, personalities and skills
  • Counselling Services: a safe space where students can come and talk in private about any issue of concern for them.  This is a free and confidential service.
  • Student Health Unit:  a team of doctors and nurses providing a free and confidential health service for students during term time.
  • GMIT Chaplaincy two Chaplains hailing from different religions and belief systems, who are there to assist and support students.
  • Access and Disability:  providing a range of supports and services for students applying to GMIT.  It facilitates equality of access and participation for all students.

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We know that going to college is a big transition from secondary school, so we have a number of supports in place to help first year students:

  • Welcome Programme:  our Welcome Programme (also known as Induction), formally introduces and warmly welcomes new students to the GMIT community
  • Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS):  a programme where trained student leaders help first year students settle into college life and develop independent learning skills
  • Learning to Learn Module:  all first year students take this module to help them develop their learning skills to meet the demands of third-level study

Click here for information for incoming first years.