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WIT International Brochure


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WIT International Brochure

  1. 1. Programmes for International Students
  2. 2. Study in Ireland and WIT Ireland is a small island republic off the coast of North West Europe. It lies about 100km from its nearest neighbour, the United Kingdom across the Irish Sea. It has been a member of the European Union since 1973 and plays a very active part in all the activities of the Council and the Commission. The population of Ireland (north and south) is around 4 million. In the past many Dublin Irish people emigrated to the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand Galway and this means there are strong social and cultural bonds between Ireland and these countries. Its main working language is English. Its educational Waterford system is well respected and leads to qualifications which are recognised and Cork valued worldwide. Higher education has played an important role in the economic success of the nation. Why WIT? • WIT is a state-sector, university-level college which is funded directly by the Irish government. This means that its facilities and infrastructure are of excellent quality. • It provides a wide range of vocationally oriented courses, which lead to internationally recognised awards. • It operates within the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) which means that all its courses are quality assured and all its staff have high level qualifications. • WIT currently caters for over 10,000 students of which 6,500 are full-time and over 3,500 are part-time. There is a rapidly growing community of international students. • WIT is one of the most popular destinations for Irish school-leavers and there is strong competition for places. • WIT has strong links with industry and employers and many of its courses involve work placement. • There is excellent college managed students accommodation which is affordable, modern and near the Institute. Programmes for International Students at WIT 2008
  3. 3. Studying at WIT Types of course available in WIT BRIDGING/FOUNDATION PROGRAMME The WIT Bridging Foundation programme is designed to help international students improve and practice The courses on offer at WIT range from the pre-entry Bridging course to English language skills in an academic setting. It also undergraduate courses at Higher Certificate and Bachelors level and to helps students adapt to the new learning and teaching postgraduate courses at Masters and Doctoral levels. Some courses are styles they will encounter in Ireland. The course includes advanced academic English and also designed to run from entry to completion as a single programme; these introductory courses in some of the subjects from the are referred to as ab initio courses. Other courses may be used to upgrade students chosen academic area. Modules include English for academic purposes, communications, study existing qualifications; these are referred to as add on courses. and IT skills, mathematics, critical thinking, and European Union society and culture. All students on the programme obtain two valuable qualifications which are internationally recognised. AWARD DURATION ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) - the respected industry standard in the use of computers. Bridging Course 1 year Higher Certificate 2 years IELTS - the internationally accepted measure of language ability Bachelor’s Degree 3 years ab initio OR 1 year add on to a Higher Certificate POSTGRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES Honours Bachelor Degree 4 years ab initio WIT offers a number of taught postgraduate OR 1 year add on to Bachelor’s Degree programmes in a number of disciplines. All programmes are 1 year in duration, and many Master’s Degree Taught Mode - 1 year encompass dissertation work. Higher level degrees by Research Mode - 2 years research are open to students who have completed undergraduate or postgraduate studies at WIT or in Doctoral Degree 3 years another third level institute in Ireland. ACCOMMODATION WIT offers high quality campus managed accommodation that is safe, pleasant and ideal for living and studying. All campus accommodation is purpose built and fully equipped, featuring bedrooms, Career progression at WIT 24 hours security, parking, plus a serviced launderette. “I plan to come back to Ireland next year, and I miss it so much already. The summer school at WIT was the best experience of my life.” PROGRDATION FOUN GING/ Adam, US E AMM BRID Programmes for International Students at WIT 2008
  4. 4. Quick Guide to Courses COURSE COURSE CODE DURATION (YEARS) BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management WD091 4 BA (Hons) in Tourism Marketing WD148 3 HUMANITIES National Certificate in Professional Cookery 2 BA in Legal Studies in International Trade WD033 1 add-on BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice Studies WD150 3 BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care WD018 3 BA (Hons) in Psychology WD163 3 BA (Hons) in Music WD027 4 BA (Hons) in Visual Art WD152 4 BA (Hons) in Design (Visual Communications) WD137 4 POSTGRADUATE: MA in Second Language Learning and Teaching WDHLALT_R 1 BSc in Food Science with Business WD164 3 BSc in Horticulture WD096 3 BSc in Forestry WD076 3 BSc (Hons) in Business Management in Agriculture (speciality in Agriculture/Forestry and Horticulture) WD158 1 add-on SCIENCE & COMPUTING BSc in Applied Chemistry WD029 1 add-on BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry with Quality Management WD042 1 add-on BSc in Biotechnology WD030 1 add-on BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Quality Management WD055 1 add-on BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science WD147 4 BSc in Commercial Computing WD151 3 BSc (Hons) in Commercial Software Development WD068 1 add-on BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing WD028 4 BSc in Information Technology WD155 3 BSc (Hons) in Information Technology WD131 1 add-on BSc (Hons) in Physics with Computing WD132 4 BSc in Multimedia Applications Development WD153 3 BSc (Hons) in Multimedia Applications Development WD165 1 add-on BSc (Hons) in Computer Forensics WD161 3 POSTGRADUATE: MSc in Computing: Specialisations in: 1 Communications Software WD_KTESO_R 1 Information Systems Processes WD_KISYP_R 1 Multimedia and Learning WD_KMULE_R 1 Higher Diploma in Applied Computing WD_KCOMA_G 1 EDUCAITON POSTGRADUATE: MA in Education 1 MA in Management in Education 1 Bridging/Foundation 1 Programmes for International Students at WIT 2008
  5. 5. Quick Guide to Courses COURSE COURSE CODE DURATION (YEARS) BA (Hons) in Accounting WD084 3 BA (Hons) in Business Management with Law WD079 3 BA (Hons) in Finance & Investment WD160 3 Bachelor of Business WD159 3 BA (Hons) in Financial Services WD136 2 add-on BA (Hons) in Business Information Systems WD122 2 add-on Bachelor of Business (Hons) WD048 4 BUSINESS BA (Hons) in International Business WD134 3 BA (Hons) in Marketing WD095 4 BSc (Hons) in Retail Management WD127 4 POSTGRADUATE: Master of Business - Specialisations in: WD_BMABS_R 1 Marketing 1 Economics and Finance 1 Corporate Administration 1 Human Resource Management 1 Management 1 Master of Business in Accounting WD_BACCT_R 1 Master of Business in Internationalisation WD_BINTN_R 1 MBA International Business WD_BINTB_R 1 Postgraduate Diploma in Business in Enterprise Development WD_BENTD_G 1 BSc (Hons) in Applied Electronics WD026 4 ENGINEERING BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering WD086 4 BSc (Hons) in Computer Aided Manufacturing WD036 1 add-on BEng (Hons) in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering WD085 4 BEng in Civil Engineering WD139 3 BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying WD162 4 BSc (Hons) in Architecture WD144 3 BSc in Architectural Technology WD094 3 POSTGRADUATE: MSc in International Construction Management WD_CECMT_R 1 MEng in Electronic Engineering WD_EELEN_R 1 SCIENCES HEALTH Bachelor of Business in Recreation & Sport Management WD019 3 Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Recreation & Sport Management WD051 1 add-on BA (Hons) in Health Promotion WD124 4 BA (Hons) in Exercise & Health Studies WD125 4 POSTGRADUATE: MA Sports Psychology WD_HSPSY_R 1 Disclaimer: While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information, WIT reserves the right to make changes affecting policies, courses, fees, curriculum, or any other matters announced in this publication without prior notice. Students should keep informed as to the conditions and regulations applicable to their particular situation at any given time. For full course details or to request a prospectus, visit Programmes for International Students at WIT 2008
  6. 6. How to Apply for Entry Check that you have the entry requirements for your chosen course UNDERGRADUATE COURSES (Direct Entry) ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMPETENCE You should be at least 17 years of age in January of the year of Since all of our courses are conducted through the entry. You must have a secondary/high school diploma, with medium of English, it is essential to have high level good grades in English and Mathematics and at least 4 other comprehension and writing skills. If English is not your subjects, with average marks of over 60%. Some courses have first language you will be required to demonstrate special entry requirements, e.g. high mathematics grades, which that you have this competence to undertake study you should check under the course details on the Institute’s through English by presenting evidence of website ( If English is not your first language you achievement in IELTS, TOEFL or the Cambridge test. should present evidence of competence (see later section for details). The required levels for TOEFL and IELTS to enter courses in WIT are: UNDERGRADUATE COURSES (Advanced Entry) If you wish to seek exemptions for completed courses of study IELTS TOEFL overseas, you should satisfy the above requirements and Paper Computer Internet Based Based Based • You must provide details of the college/university you attended and a certified copy of all academic transcripts which detail the Bridging/Foundation 4.5 477 153 53 Undergraduate subjects you studied and grades awarded (Science & Engineering) 5.5 527 197 71 • If you have only completed part of a course of study in Undergraduate another university, WIT will make contact with that college to (Business & Humanities) 6.0 553 217 81 complete a transfer agreement. Postgraduate (Science & Engineering) 6.0 553 217 81 Postgraduate POSTGRADUATE COURSES (Business & Humanities) 6.5 580 237 92 To enter a taught masters programme, you should have a good honours degree in a related subject. Work experience is essential for some programmes. If English is not your first language you “During our time at WIT, we should present evidence of competence. found our teachers to be kind, knowledgeable and generous BRIDGING/FOUNDATION COURSE You should be at least 17 years of age in January of the year of with their time. They all have a entry. You must have a secondary/high school diploma, with high level of knowledge and good grades in English and Mathematics and at least 4 other very good teaching skills. We subjects, on average +50%. If English is not your first language learned a lot about advanced you should present evidence of competence. technologies, our field of study and life in Ireland.” Helen, China Programmes for International Students at WIT 2008
  7. 7. Follow the correct application procedure Accepting an offer and applying for a visa You should complete an international student application form and send it by post to: Entry to all courses at WIT is competitive and International Office, students will be selected strictly on the basis of Waterford Institute of Technology, merit. Having the entry qualifications does not Waterford, entitle you automatically to a place. WIT reserves Ireland the right to select the most highly qualified applicants for the places available. The application forms are available on request from the International Office (Tel: 00 353 51 305506 or email: If you are a direct applicant to WIT and wish to They are also available on our website accept an offer of a place, you must complete and return the notification of acceptance by a specified date. You will then be asked to pay your tuition fee DEADLINES in full. You will require a WIT receipt for fees paid The closing date for September entry is the 31st May. This plus your original letter of offer in order to apply for applies to most undergraduate courses, taught masters a study visa. programmes and the bridging course which commences in Autumn. Late applications may be processed if places are VISA REQUIREMENTS still available. It is the responsibility of applicants to check the visa requirements for study in Ireland. The Department The closing date for January entry to the Bridging/ of Justice, Equality and Law Reform is responsible Foundation programme is the 31st October. for determining Irish immigration policy. For full Late applications may be considered subject to the information regarding all aspects of immigration availability of places and visa restrictions. into Ireland, check TUITION FEES Bridging/Foundation - 1 year €5,750 - 1 semester €2,875 Undergraduate - Higher Certificate €7,950 - Degree €7,950 - Honours Degree €7,950 Postgraduate - Taught Programme €9,250 COST OF LIVING FOR ACADEMIC YEAR (September - June, 38 weeks) Campus accommodation (single room) €3,000 Food and utilities €2,660 Travel, books, discretionary expenses €600 Programmes for International Students at WIT 2008
  8. 8. International Office Waterford Institute of Technology Cork Road Waterford Ireland Tel: +353 51 845506 Fax: +353 51 302486 Email: