Kaitlyn Kinsey, fall 2014 Mitchell Scholar, met with Senator Mitchell in June 2016.
What type of person gets selected for the exchange? This opportunity requires academic achievement and demonstrated community service and leadership, plus a sense of adventure and the maturity to conduct yourself as an ambassador for your college, family, and community.
Who is eligible to participate in the Exchange? Full-time students who meet all of the qualifications spelled out in the application materials and have completed at least one semester at a Maine community college or who graduated in the year prior to applying for the scholarship.
Can I choose which semester to go? Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is usually able to welcome Mitchell Scholars to campus in either the fall or spring semester. Scholarship recipients must participate in the exchange within one year of the award and are expected to take a full course load while in Ireland.
What financial support does the scholarship provide? The scholarship covers tuition and CIT fees, housing, a stipend of 500 euros a month to assist with food and other living expenses, a travel stipend of $1,000, and funds to cover the Irish immigration fee.
What other expenses should I budget for?
Students participating in the Exchange should budget for books, personal expenses, and additional living expenses.
The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service requires that student visa holders have proof of sufficient funds (approximately $3,000) to support themselves financially during their period of study in Ireland. The funds would need to be deposited in an Irish bank account on the day a student registers with Irish Immigration (once the student is in Ireland). However, it is important to note that the funds do not need to remain in the account once the student has registered.
Can I participate in sports or other clubs during the semester in Ireland? Yes. There will be lots of opportunities. Check the CIT website for what’s available. Joining clubs and playing sports are wonderful ways to make friends and experience Irish culture on a deeper level.
Can I travel while I’m on the Exchange? Yes. You will need your own funds to travel and for entertainment, off-campus meals, and gifts. Travel is easy by bus and train, and you may find willing travel companions among your suite-mates and other friends. Travel is easy to other parts of Europe, too, and less expensive when you begin your trip from Ireland.