• Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training will be closed until 19 April, 2020 in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.
  • Physical classes will not be held during this closure.
  • Carlow Institute buildings will remain Closed
  • Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for students below, and also check HSE website for Coronavirus advice and for further information.
  • The safety and wellbeing of our community is our priority. We continue to follow the advice of the HSE, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Department of Education and Skills about ongoing protective measures against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Student FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for CIFET students

I am a Carlow Institute student. What does the closure of Carlow Institute mean for me?

  • Carlow Institute will remain closed to students until 19 April 2020.
  • Physical classes will not be held during this closure.
  • Carlow Institute campus and buildings will remain closed students.
  • In most cases, teaching will continue to be delivered online. Please visit the Moodle (LearnOnline) page for each of your modules for information about the online delivery of lectures.
  • Please check your student email regularly for updates

Exams and assessments

  • We will advise you shortly of the revised assessment approaches for your course, we will give you the supports you need to help you prepare.

Special educational needs.

  • Our educational support staff are working remotely to continue supporting students registered with SEN.
  • If you have not already done so, please contact your support staff member to arrange potential remote support.
  • You can contact your teacher through Moodle or email with any queries.

I am anxious about my mental health what can I do?

The outbreak of Coronavirus in Ireland is unprecedented. The advice is to self-isolate and to socially distance ourselves from each other. This may result in high anxiety and stress for a lot of you.

We have put together a list of websites that give you advice on how to reduce your anxiety.

  • Advice from the (
  • How to handle Coronavirus anxiety (
  • Five tips to mind your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak – includes podcasts (
  • How to look after wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak (
  • Developing strategies to reduce our anxiety over coronavirus (
  • Coronavirus: How to cope with anxiety and self-isolation (Guardian News)


  • You will continue to receive your maintenance grants as normal while we are closed. The duration and value of the grant will not change.
  • If you are on a SUSI grant and subsequently withdraw from college with a withdrawal date during the closure, you may receive a SUSI payment in error. In this case, you may be contacted to repay the money.

I am a Carlow Institute student on work placement. What should I do?

  • All work placements must cease: All work placements must cease with immediate effect and for the duration that education institutions remain closed due to COVID-19.
  • Planned work placements: Any placements scheduled to start in the coming weeks are hereby cancelled.