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Where can I buy a phone?

There are 4 major phone companies in Ireland- Vodafone, o2, Meteor and Three. You can find these stores anywhere in the city centre. The majority of them are on or around St. Patrick’s Street.

How do I change my contact details?

In order to change your contact details, please go to www.gcdinternationaloffice.ie and click on ‘Enter the Site’, and then click on 'Next' under ‘Change Contact Details’ section.

When can I access my study materials at Moodle? (Study Abroad and Gap Programme students only)

Once you bring your Academic Study form listing your modules to the International Office, our team will register you for these modules and then you will be able to access your study materials for modules of your choice. Please note that the registration for modules may take up to 2-3 days.

Where can I find accommodation?

We recommend a variety of accommodation options to our incoming students:

 

-          Short-Term Student Village Accommodation – Dean’s Hall, Arcadia Hall.

-          Shared houses/ apartments – Eazy Cork

-          Websites to find accommodation: www.daft.ie , www.rent.ie , www.myhome.ie

            -          Host Families

How do I get an extension on my assignment?

You must fill out an assignment extension sheet that can be downloaded from Moodle and then submitted to your faculty. Please note if you wish to apply for an extension on your assignment, you need to have a valid reason supported by relevant documentation (for example, a certificate from a doctor).

How can I register for modules/ when can I choose my modules? (Study abroad and Gap Programme students only)

Students choose their modules on arrival: once the academic year starts, during first 2 weeks students can attend as many classes as they want, to find out which modules they want to follow. After two weeks, students need to bring their ‘Academic Study Form’ to the International Office, listing the modules they would like to follow and the International Team will register the modules of their choice.
Once registered for modules, students cannot change the modules they have chosen.
Normally Study Abroad students choose 4-5 modules per semester, totalling an equivalent of 30 ECTS.

How can I apply for Tourist Visa to visit other countries? (For Non-EU students)

If you would like to travel outside of Ireland to a country that is not your home country, you may require a Tourist Visa. If a visa is required, you will need to apply for the visa in the local Embassy/ Consulate of the country you wish to visit and an accompanying letter (an Embassy letter) from the College will be required.

 

If you wish to order your Embassy letter, please visit www.gcdinternationaloffice.ie and click on 'Next' button under ‘Order General Letters’ section. You will be emailed with your receipt number and the letter will be ready to pick up from the International Office within next 2-3 days.

 

Students are advised that dates of travel that fall within term/class time will not be issued.

How do I get around Cork?

By bus: At Parnell Place Bus Station, in the city centre, there are buses that can get you around Cork but also to cities in Ireland like Galway or Dublin. Bus services in Cork City and county are provided by Bus Eireann (www.buseireann.ie). One thing to remember is that the frequency of buses is restricted on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Student Travel Card: This card enables students to get substantial discounts on Bus Éireann and Irish Rail. To get it, you need to be registered at GCC and to have a GCC student card. Then, you have to apply for it at the USIT office located in Oliver Plunkett Street. 
Cork City centre is a within walking-distance from Griffith College, you can easily get around it on foot.

 

 

 

 

 

Where is the International Office?

The Griffith College International Office is located in Room D009 in the D Block. 

What are the International Office Opening Hours?

Our opening hours are: Monday- Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm. 

Where do I get my GCD Student Card?

In order to get your Student Card, you need to

  • Register online
  • Upload your photograph

Then you can collect your Student Card from the College Library. Your Student Card will be ready within one week. 

How do I open a Bank Account?

You can open a bank account with Bank of Ireland:

Bank of Ireland

88 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

Phone: 01 478 4766

To open a bank account with Bank of Ireland, you need to bring the following to the bank:

  • Passport
  • Letter for the College indicating your course details and contact details (you can order your letter online using the International Office Online Letter Ordering System: www.gcdinternationaloffice.ie). The letter will be posted to your home address in Ireland.
Where can I buy a phone?

There are currently six mobile phone providers in Ireland: Meteor, O2, Postfone, Tesco, 3 and Vodafone. You can find phone shops all over the city centre. The majority of them are on or around Grafton Street.

Where can I get a passport photograph taken?

Almost all pharmacies offer passport photograph services. Photographs can be taken in the pharmacy but the prices vary from store to store. The closest pharmacy to the College is at Leonard’s Corner.

Can I receive a Verification Letter confirming that I am currently a Griffith College student?

You may be asked by your employer, landlord etc., to provide a Letter of Verification to prove that you are studying in Griffith College. This letter can be ordered from the International Office Online Ordering System- www.gcdinternationaloffice.ie

How do I change my contact details?

In order to change your contact details, please go to www.gcdinternationaloffice.ie and click on ‘Enter the Site’, and then click on Next under ‘Change Contact Details’ section. 

Where can I get packages delivered?

The College does not accept packages on behalf of students. Students should be advised to have packages sent to their residential address only.

What is a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number)?

A PPS number is a unique reference number that helps you access social welfare benefits, as well as public service and information in Ireland.

IMPORTANT: Please be advised that all degree seeking students must obtain a PPS Number while attending Griffith College. If you do not have a PPS Number, you will not be able to get your graduation certificate on completion of your programme.

A PPS number is also required for students wishing to work in Ireland. A PPS Number is always 7 digits followed by either one or two letters.

If you are not expecting to graduate with a Griffith College degree (i.e. students studying in GC only for ECTS credits rather than a GC/QQI award), you will not need a PPS Number, unless you want to work in Ireland.

For further information please visit: www.citizensinformation.ie

How do I get a PPS Number?

You can apply for your PPS number at any local Social Welfare office.

The Social Welfare office in the Dublin area is:

20 Kings Inn Street, Dublin 1 (it’s just off Parnell Street)

You will require the following:

  • Passport
  • Letter from the College (in order to apply for a letter from the College, please visit www.gcdinternationaloffice.ie and select ‘PPS Letter’)
Why do I need a PPS Number?

Your PPS Number is used to access a wide variety of public services. If you are a degree seeking student, you require your PPS Number for identification purposes for examination and registration.

 Moreover, you require your PPS Number in order for Griffith College to correctly register you as a student with our validating body (QQI), and to ensure that your award can be presented upon completion of your programme.

You also require a PPS Number to work legally in Ireland. This number identifies you as a taxpayer and entitles you to the same rights as every other worker in Ireland.

Where can I find accommodation?

Accommodation is available on-campus in the Griffith Halls of Residence (GHR). For more information or to apply for accommodation, please visit: www.ghr.ie

If you’re interested in staying off-campus, the Student Union is also available to help.

How do I get a key to the Fitness Room?

Go to the Students’ Union and pay €50 per academic year. €10 will be refunded to you if the key is returned at the end of the academic year.

Where and when can I get my timetable?

You can receive your timetable from your relevant faculty at your Induction/Orientation. 

If I have an academic query, who do I contact?

All academic queries should be directed to your Course Administrators:

Undergraduate  Business:

Fiona Lyons/Barbara Flynn

+353 1 415 0425

Design:

Katie Farrell

+353 1 415 0423

Law:

Jill Mulhern

+353 1 415 0462

Journalism and Visual Media:

Caroline Connolly, Oliveann Cassidy

+353 1 415 0451

+353 1 415 0456

Computer Science:

Aine Summerville

+353 1 415 0428

Leinster School of Music and Drama:

Mary O’Carroll

+353 1 415 0467

If I have a non-academic query, who do I speak to?

Please contact our International office team:

Yifan Yang -Student Services

+353 1 416 3333

Susan O’Connor - Student Services (non-EU)

+353 1 416 3350

Izabela Oslizlo - Student Services (EU and US)

+353 1 416 3379

Treza Zulkeffly - International Administrator (non-EU)

+353 1 416 3342

Luo Chi - Chinese Marketing Executive

+353 1 415 0420

Sally-Anne McIver - Office Manager

+353 1 415 0426

If I have a query related to fees and payments, who do I speak to?

If your query related to fees and payments, please contact our Student Fees team:

Martin Battersby

Senior Credit Controller

[email protected]

+353 1 415 0479

Neil McKiernan

Student Fees Officer

[email protected]

+353 1 415 0483

Tony Ward

Student Fees Officer

[email protected]

+353 1 415 0493

Can I drop a module? (“Gap Programme” and “Study Abroad Programme” Students Only)

Once you have registered for modules of your choice, you cannot drop or change your modules. If you decide not to follow a given module, it will be still listed on your transcript and your mark will be recorded as ‘NP’ (Not-Present) and you will not receive any equivalent of ECTS credits for this module.

When can I access my study materials on Moodle? (“Gap Programme” and “Study Abroad Programme” Students Only)

Once you bring your Academic Study form listing selection of your modules to the International Office, our team will be registering you for these modules and then you will be able to access your study materials for modules of your choice. Please note that the registration for modules may take up to 2-3 days.

How can I register for modules/ when can I choose my modules? (“Gap Programme” and “Study Abroad Programme” Students Only)

Students are choosing their modules on arrival: once the academic year starts, during first 2 weeks students can attend as many classes as they want to find out which modules they want to follow. After the 2 weeks’ time, they need to bring to International Office their ‘Academic Study Form’ listing modules they want to follow and we register them for modules of their choice. Once registered for modules, students cannot change selection of their modules.

Please be advised that Gap Programme students, if eligible for taking modules, they are allowed to choose modules across different faculties, but from year 1 only.

Normally study abroad students are choosing 4-5 modules per semester, totalling an equivalent of 30 ECTS.

Can I work during the term if I hold a Stamp 2 Visa? (Visa Requiring Students only)

If you hold a Stamp 2 Visa, you can work up to 20 hours a week during the term and up to 40 hours a week during holidays.

What attendance rate is required by a non-EU student wishing to renew a visa or apply for a re-entry visa? (Visa Requiring Students only)

Please be advised that for visa purposes, your minimum attendance must be over 80%. However Griffith College expects students to attend all classes and fully engage with their programme of study. Low attendance and lack of participation can result in you being withdrawn from your programme.

How can I apply for Tourist Visa to visit other countries? (Visa Requiring Students only)

If you would like to travel outside of Ireland to a country that is not your home country, you may require a Tourist Visa. If a visa is required, you will need to apply for the visa in the local Embassy/ Consulate of the country you wish to visit and an accompanying letter (an Embassy letter) from the College will be required.

If you wish to order your Embassy letter, please visit www.gcdinternationaloffice.ie and click on Next button under ‘Order General Letters’ section. You will be emailed with your receipt number and the letter will be ready to pick up from the International Office within next 2-3 days.

How can I extend my Visa? (Visa Requiring Students only)

In order  to extend your visa, you need to order your Visa Extension Letter from the International Office 2-3 weeks before your visa is due to expire. You can order your letter online using the International Office Online Letter Ordering System- www.gcdinternationaloffice.ie  

In order for us to assist you in extending your study visa, you must adhere to the following requirements:

1. You must have satisfied the Griffith College English language requirements

2. You must be fully registered with the Griffith College

3. You must have paid your tuition fees in full

Please be advised you must arrange for your visa to be extended in advance of the expiry date. The International Office is not permitted to issue Visa Extension Letters for students; instead we must send these letters directly to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).