Attendance and Holiday Policy
It is a GNIB requirement that students on International Student visas must maintain an attendance rate of above 85%. Students who fall below 85% attendance will be contacted and procedures followed in accordance with Irish Immigration regulation. Where a student has 25% or more uncertified absence in the first six weeks of their programme, this must also be communicated to the GNIB and INIS. Where a student cannot make up attendance to a minimum of 85% before the programme ends, the student will be informed that they do not meet the attendance requirements and that this fact will be communicated to the GNIB and INIS. If a student misses a total of 32 days (25%) of their course, they will be expelled from their course. Please see the Student Handbook for more details of this policy.
Please note that punctuality is a GNIB requirement. According to GNIB/ INIS regulation, students arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving more than 15 minutes will be marked absent for the class / class segments. It is the policy of Citas College that any student who is more than 10 minutes may not enter the class so as to avoid disruption to the other learners. The student must wait for that 90-minute class to finish and may join the second 90-minute class. If a student leaves 15 minutes before class ends, they will have their attendance scratched out for that class.
On enrolment, Citas College gives each student a written timetable clearly identifying the daily and weekly tuition times, with defined course commencement and course completion dates. Holiday periods must be agreed at this time. The individual programme schedule (including holiday periods) must be presented by the student for inspection to the Immigration Officer during the student’s registration at the GNIB. The programme timetable must be set out in such a way that holiday periods cannot at any point exceed 1/3 of the total weeks elapsed (front-loading of holidays is not permitted). In order to take on week of holidays, a student must have completed three weeks of classes. In order to take the maximum one month of holidays, a student must have completed three months of classes. Please note that Non-EEU students on International Student visas are entitled to work full-time (40 hours per week) only during the months of May, June, July and August and from 15 December to 15 January inclusive. At all other times they are limited to working 20 hours per week. Students may request holidays to avail of the opportunity to work full-time during these periods provided that they make the holiday request on course commencement; that the holiday periods do not exceed 1/3 of the total weeks elapsed and that they can complete their course within the defined 7-month period.