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Here’s 11 ways to put the ‘I’ into WIT and have confidence that studying one of 70 CAO courses in Waterford is the right choice for you

For Leaving Cert students applying to the CAO with the aim of starting college in autumn our open events are all about confirming your CAO choices, and making sure you have done all the research to put your courses in genuine order of preference.

Here’s 11 ways to put the ‘I’ into WIT and have confidence that studying in Waterford is the right choice for you.

1. Explore the campus

Is the course you want to do on the main WIT campus? Whether it's a virtual campus tour or an actual campus tour, this is your chance to visualise yourself in the classrooms, labs and lecture halls used for your course. Depending on the open event you may be able to join a campus tour or follow the map and look around at your leisure, or take a virtual tour. (If the course you’re most interested happens to be on another campus, you’re welcome to book a personalised one-hour campus tour weekdays when the campus is open via www.wit.ie/campustours).

2. Talk to lecturers and students

Many students and graduates have mentioned in their student stories at www.wit.ie/studentstories that talking to a lecturer at open day was the deciding factor in choosing the course they ended up being offered at WIT. Get a flavour of the course or career you’re interested in from staff and students on relevant stands.

3. Discover the social side of college life

College isn’t just about lectures. Clubs and societies are a way to get to know new people, discover new hobbies or represent your college in competitions. Find their social media accounts to follow at www.wit.ie/socialmediadirectory

4. Find out about common entry courses

Not sure exactly which course you want to do but have it narrowed down to the general field of study? How would you like some extra time to decide on what you want to specialise in? Our common entry courses do just that. www.wit.ie/commonentry

5. Assess the accommodation situation

Attend one of our rolling accommodation talks and add your name to the list for WIT’s accommodation offerings or start checking out the dedicated student accommodation website www.witstudentpad.ie. If you have time check out if our accommodation will be open to view. www.wit.ie/accommodation

6. Try something out

Our open events usually include information events, specialist talks or workshops. See www.wit.ie/events for the most up to date details of our next open event.

7. See the city

Take a walk around the area you might live in while in college; take a bus/spin into the city. Things not to miss are the Apple Market area (don’t forget to take a selfie of your reflection in the roof), the Waterford Greenway (rent a bike from the WIT Arena); the Viking Triangle; the Waterford Walls walking trail.

8. Take your education to the next level

Why limit your thinking to a level 8 honours degree? Discover the postgraduate and Master programmes, including research which you can apply to after your level 8. See www.wit.ie/pg.

9. Scholarships and supports

Find out about scholarships you may be eligible for including sports scholarships and the WIT President’s Scholarship. Attending open events is also a good opportunity to get some insight into fees and grants and the student supports available.

10. Crèche for parents of CAO applicants

As part of our open events there is an event just for parents/guardians or family members of CAO applicants. Keep an eye out for our parents’ guide to CAO choices talk at physical open events. Pack a parent off to it so they will come back better equipped on how to communicate with you on all CAO. While they're there walk the halls as if you're a student. Attending a virtual open event? Log on from different devices and compare notes later. Download a parents' guide at www.wit.ie/how.

11. Courses for teachers, parents, adults

Fed up of the focus being on you? We have part-time, flexible and postgrad courses for adult learners – for example short courses to help people learn new skills; professional development for teachers and people working in education; flexible postgraduate programmes for people wishing to improve their career prospects. 


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