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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


When do I apply for an Irish study visa and what do I need?

It is advisable to start the application and visa process at least 6 months prior to your course commencement date.  If your application to NCI has been successful you will receive an Initial Offer letter from National College of Ireland . When your fees have been paid in full NCI will supply you with a Final Offer letter. When you have received this letter you will be able to apply for your study visa.

Please note that in some Provinces in the PR China it may not be necessary to pay your fees until after you have been issued with a study visa in principal.  Please contact the Irish Visa Office in Beijing for more information about this. 


Careers & Work Placement


Assessment Deadlines

Weekly Logbooks – signed every Friday by Work Supervisor complied into end of Month report.

Monthly Reports – emailed in last Friday of month.(to the work placement office and your academic supervisor)

Site Visit by College – Visit to be scheduled

Final Work Placement Report - for students on degree programmes by Friday August 10th

(Higher Diploma Students – tba)


What is the Careers and Work Placements service?

The NCI Careers and Opportunities Service is committed to providing a confidential learner centred career counselling, guidance and information service of the highest quality to all full-time, part-time, off campus and postgraduate students of the college.

 

How can I prepare for work placement?

The success of your work placement can depend on how well you prepare for what can be a vitally important period for you. A good placement will not only develop your knowledge and skills but also define the look of your eventual CV. The vast majority of students completing their work placement find it a rich and rewarding experience. Your work placement co-ordinator and academic supervisor can assist you in preparing for work placement, but it is you who must take responsibility for ensuring that the process is a success. Research further resources on the NCI Website on:

Creating an impressive CV 

Winning interviews


Networking Opportunities?

When you were looking for a work placement we advised you to use your contacts and those of others to network. Hopefully during your placements you have got the opportunity to get to know people at your place of work and perhaps externally.

Remember to exploit these contacts. It is important to keep in touch and expand your network of contacts within your industry. Your final year project is your ideal opportunity to continue to forge links. Later these connections could make the difference in sourcing your first graduate position.



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International Students


When do I apply for an Irish study visa and what do I need?

It is advisable to start the application and visa process at least 6 months prior to your course commencement date.  If your application to NCI has been successful you will receive an Initial Offer letter from National College of Ireland . When your fees have been paid in full NCI will supply you with a Final Offer letter. When you have received this letter you will be able to apply for your study visa.

Please note that in some Provinces in the PR China it may not be necessary to pay your fees until after you have been issued with a study visa in principal.  Please contact the Irish Visa Office in Beijing for more information about this. 


When should I apply?

As a general rule we would suggest that you apply for your course at least six months before the date you are expected to arrive at National College of Ireland.


How long will it take to process my application?

The International Office will be in contact with you within 5 working days of receiving your application. It is important that you supply us with an e-mail address or fax number in order to ensure that we can communicate with you as quickly as possible regarding the status of your application.


What can I do to make my application more likely to succeed?

Please take the time to complete your application fully and write clearly. Do not send your application until you have gathered all of the required documentation together. If you send us incomplete information we will not be able to process your application and there will be significant delays. Please contact us at international@ncirl.ie  before you send your application if you are having difficulties with the application procedure.


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RPEL Students



What kind of experience is taken into account?

Credit for learning gained in employment: A person, as a result of experience gained in employment, might have achieved learning which can be equated to learning outcomes listed for subjects on an approved course.

Learning gained from voluntary/community activities: Individuals may have been carrying out duties in associations, sporting organisations or charities which might entitle them to exemptions from the learning outcomes on courses in politics, communications etc.`

Learning gained from experience working in the home: Individuals who have had substantial experience of managing a household and rearing children may have gained learning in the area of budgeting, time management, interpersonal skills etc. This might merit exemptions from learning outcomes in business studies.

Learning gained from previous courses/training: If you have undertaken a class that is relevant to the course you are applying for, regardless of the level, it will be taken into consideration for your application.



What is RPEL?

RPEL stands for Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning which is a scheme run by NCI that can allow you to gain admission to a programme or to gain exemptions from some parts of a programme based on you providing evidence of relevant learning you achieved through your experiences in a workplace or community setting.


Who can apply for RPEL?

Credit for Prior Experiential Learning is intended for mature students who may or may not have had structured formal education but who have learned from their involvement in employment, community activities, home duties, sport etc.


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Library FAQs



Can anybody use NCI's library?

Only registered students and staff of NCI can use the library facilities. It is possible for members of the public to join the library as an external member. External membership costs an annual fee. See external membership for details.





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Graduation FAQs



Checklist for conferring day

To help make your day an enjoyable and memorable occasion for both you and your guest, please note the following:

  • Neat dress: Neat dress is essential.
  • Invitations: Carry your own invitation ticket and ensure that your guests carry their own invitation ticket.
  • Good financial standing: You must have paid all fees and cleared all debts to the College in order to graduate.
  • Academic Robes: Collect Academic Robes from clearly signposted rooms in the CCD.
  • Guests: Show your guests their entry point and ask them to enter 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to start.
  • Assembly point. You need to be at the assembly point in full academic dress one hour before the ceremony is due to begin. You will be told of the assembly point when you register on the day.

Can I postpone my conferring?

No. It is not possible to postpone one's conferring. All awards must be conferred at the conferring ceremony designated for that particular class.


How early should I arrive?

Graduands need to be robed and in a designated area one hour before the graduation ceremony is due to begin. You need to allow additional time for car parking and robing – we recommend that you arrive 2 hours before your allocated ceremony time.

Guests should arrive no later than 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to start.

Please note that ceremonies will not be delayed for late-comers.


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General Questions



How do I apply?

For Part-Time Applications please use the online application form that is associated with each course or you can request an application form to be posted to you along with some of our brochures. Full-Time applications need to be submitted via the CAO unless you are a mature student in which case you can use the downloadable application form for part time and full time students.


When will the full time programmes start?

PROGRAMME / YEAR
START DATE FOR LECTURES
TIME
BA (Hons) in Accounting and HRM – Year 1
09/09/2013
9.00am
BA (Hons) in Accounting and HRM – Year 2
09/09/2013
9.00am
BA (Hons) in Accounting and HRM – Year 3
09/09/2013
9.00am

BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management - Year 1

09/09/2013
9.00am

BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management - Year 2

09/09/2013
9.00am

BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management - Year 3

09/09/2013
9.00am

BA (Hons) in Business - Year 1

09/09/2013
9.00am

BA (Hons) in Business - Year 2

09/09/2013
9.00am

BA (Hons) in Business - Year 3

09/09/2013
9.00am
Higher Certificate in Business – Year 1
09/09/2013
9.00am
Higher Certificate in Business – Year 2
09/09/2013
9.00am

BA (Hons) in Accounting - Year 1

09/09/2013
9.00am

BA (Hons) in Accounting - Year 2

09/09/2013
9.00am

BA (Hons) in Accounting - Year 3

09/09/2013
9.00am

BA (Hons) in Psychology - Year 1

09/09/2013

9.00am

BA (Hons) in Psychology - Year 2

09/09/2013

9.00am

BA (Hons) in Marketing Practice - Year 1

09/09/2013 9.00am

BA (Hons) in Economics and Finance - Year 1

09/09/2013 9.00am

BSc in Computing - Year 1

10/09/2011
9.00am

BSc in Computing - Year 2

09/09/2013
9.00am

BSc in Computing - Year 3

09/09/2013
9.00am

BSc in Computing - Year 4

09/09/2013
9.00am

BSc in Business Information Systems - Year 1

09/09/2013
9.00am

BSc in Business Information Systems - Year 2

09/09/2013
9.00am

BSc in Business Information Systems - Year 3

09/09/2013
9.00am

BSc in Business Information Systems - Year 4

09/09/2013
9.00am

Higher Certificate in Computing in Applications and Support - Year 1

09/09/2013
9.00am

Higher Certificate in Computing in Applications and Support - Year 2

09/09/2013
9.00am

BA in Management of Technology in Business - Year 1

09/09/2013
9.00am

BA in Management of Technology in Business - Year 2

09/09/2013
9.00am

BA in Management of Technology in Business - Year 3

09/09/2013
9.00am

BA (Hons) in Technology Management - Year 1

09/09/2013
9.00am

What are the points required for CAO courses at NCI?

The following is an account of the points at which courses were offered for the academic year 2012/2013. They should be used for guidance purposes only.

CAO POINTS FOR NCI OFFERS 2012

NC005 BA (Honours) in Human Resource Management  290
NC006 BA (Honours) in Accounting 340
NC009 BA (Honours) in Business  280
NC003 BSc (Honours) in Computing 320
NC004 BSc (Honours) in Business Information Systems 320
NC008 BA in Management of Technology in Business 230
NC008 BA in Management of Technology in Business 230
NC103 Higher Certificate in Business 200
NC102 Higher Certificate in Computing in Applications and Support 230
NC010 BA (Honours) in Psychology AQA
NC020 BA (Honours) in Marketing Practice New 2013

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Applying for a Course


Is there a fee involved?

If you are applying online there is no fee involved however if you choose to download the application form and send it into the college, there is a fee of €25.


How long does the application process take?

Your application will be processed and acknowledged within 5 working days. You may then be called for an interview to support your application. If you are offered a place on a course you will be notified by formal letter. At that time you will be provided with details concerning fees, deposits and deadlines.



How do I apply for an undergraduate course?

Applications for undergraduate courses are carried out through the CAO. For more information on this process visit www.cao.ie.
If you are over 23 on the 1st of January the year you are applying you will be applying as a mature student. Mature students apply directly to the college using this <application form>.




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DARE and HEAR


Who should apply to HEAR?

HEAR is for school leavers (under the age of 23 as of January 1st of the year of application for study), who have completed an Irish Leaving Certificate. Mature and FETAC students have their own admissions routes and should contact NCI Admissions Offices for more information. 
HEAR applicants must meet a range of financial, social and cultural indicators to be eligible for a reduced points place and extra college support. Applicants must provide specific documentation to verify which indicators they meet. All documents must be appropriately verified and returned to the CAO. Further information on supporting documentation is available on www.accesscollege.ie
Eligible applicants must satisfy HEAR criteria plus NCI’s entry requirements and any specific course requirements.



What is DARE?

DARE stands for Disability Access Route to Education (DARE). It is a supplementary admissions scheme which offers college places on reduced points to school leavers with disabilities. DARE has been set up by a number of colleges as evidence shows that disability can have a negative effect on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college. Full details on DARE are available on www.accesscollege.ie.


What is HEAR?

Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. HEAR has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that socio-economic disadvantage can have a negative impact on educational attainment at school and progression to higher education. Full details on HEAR are available on www.accesscollege.ie.


Who should apply to DARE?

DARE is for school leavers (under 23 years old as at January 1st of the year of application for study) who have the ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education but who may not be able to meet the points for their preferred course due to the impact of a disability. Please note that mature students are not eligible for DARE. NCI has a specific admissions route for mature students and further information can be obtained from the Admissions Office.


How do I apply to DARE?

Apply to the CAO at www.cao.ie and indicate you have a disability or specific learning difficulty on the CAO application form. You must then complete a Supplementary Information Form and submit specific disability documentation from an accepted consultant/ professional. This documentation must confirm your disability and the impact your disability has had on your education to date. Details on accepted consultants/ professionals and documentation required are available from www.accesscollege.ie.


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Student Accommodation


Are overnight guests permitted?

We have a procedure in place to allow overnight guests. All requests for overnight guests must be done through the Accommodation Office. Please refer to the overnight guest policy in the terms and conditions of occupancy booklet.


How many residents share an apartment?

The apartments vary in size between 3 – 8 bedrooms. The kitchen and living areas in apartments also vary in size according to bedroom numbers. 1st year students will likely be assigned to a 6 or 8 bedroom apartment.




Are there fees for Internet connection?

No, an Internet connection is provided in your room. This is a cabled broadband connection. You do need to read and sign the declaration and application for Internet.


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Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers


Available Voucher Types

  1. Standard Voucher: Standard €5k vouchers are available to assist a company explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider. You can only apply for one of these standard €5,000 vouchers during one of our open calls. You do not need to identify your knowledge provider in advance and they are valid for 12 months from the date of issue. Please consult our schedule of calls when submitting your application.
  2. Co-funded Fast Track Application: The value of the voucher is €5,000 and the company contributes 50% of the project costs in cash. Therefore, a company may use a Fast Track voucher to cover project costs up to €10,000 on a 50-50 co-funded basis. The company and the knowledge provider jointly agree on the work programme for the project in advance of submitting an application. Companies may wish to use this option when they are no longer eligible for a standard voucher (may have used two or more standard vouchers) or where time to market is critical and the schedule for the standard call is not suitable. This voucher can be submitted at any time and a response may be expected within two weeks.

Am I eligible?

The Innovation Vouchers initiative is open to all small (limited registered) companies (less than 50 employees) in Ireland.

Please note that you do not have to be a client of Enterprise Ireland, nor have an Enterprise Ireland Development Adviser to apply for a voucher.


How do I apply?

All voucher applications must be made via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System. Nonetheless we, at NCI, will be delighted to assist you during the whole process.


Ineligible Activities

The Innovation Voucher may not be used to cover the costs of:

  • achieving compliance with statutory regulations or legislation
  • standard training courses
  • software purchases and software development
  • aid that would promote/subsidise the cost of exports
  • internships for students of knowledge institutions
  • design and production of advertising material
  • sales activities
  • business plans and economic appraisals
  • standard website development and online optimisation
  • standard mobile applications development
  • activities such as market research and market surveys that may be readily provided by the private sector
  • activities supported by the mainstream funding mechanisms available from other Development Agencies such as the County Enterprise Boards
  • activities unlikely to result in commercial enterprise or business capable of generating jobs and/or exports
  • advice or assistance with the following areas
  • Legal
  • Commercial law
  • Patents
  • Taxation
  • Training and mentoring

If potential solutions to the knowledge question already exist in the marketplace, then Enterprise Ireland is likely to reject the application on the basis that the proposed activity may be undertaken by the private sector


Permitted uses for a Voucher

Innovation vouchers can be used for any kind of innovation such as:

  • new product / process development
  • new business model development
  • new service delivery and customer interface
  • new service development
  • tailored training in innovation management
  • innovation / technology audit

Vouchers can be exchanged for knowledge transfer projects from the knowledge provider.

For the purposes of this initiative, a knowledge transfer project is defined as one that transfers knowledge of a scientific, technological or innovative nature that it is new to the small enterprise. The small enterprise may then use the new knowledge to innovate a product, process or service.


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