Calgary, AlbertaLOCATION
Estd 1916Established Year

SAIT Polytechnic or The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is a public-non-profit center for higher education. It provides action-based learning and skills-oriented, post-secondary education in Calgary, AB.

Why choose SAIT Polytechnic?

Ranking and Standing

  • UniRank Canada Rank: 58
  • UniRank World Rank: 1696
  • Webometrics Canada Rank: 111
  • Webometrics World Rank: 6517
  • UNIPAGE Canada Rank: 88
  • UNIPAGE World Rank: 5865
  • SAIT Polytechnic ranked at 14 with a total of $5,487 research income in Research Infosource Inc.’s 2017 list of Canada’s top 50 research colleges. 

Key features of SAIT Polytechnic

  • An average of 90% of 2017 graduates are employed
  • 100% employment in 17 of SAIT programs
  • Student inclusion in applied research and innovative projects directly connected to industries
  • 1:20 Faculty-student ratio


Type of UniversityPublic
Number of Enrollment per year*26,000+
International Students1,600+
Basic Tuition Fee, Undergraduate Canadian StudentsCAD 1,273 – CAD 13,500
Basic Tuition Fee, Undergraduate International StudentsCAD 4,595 - CAD 28,031
Test Scores accepted (For courses instructed in English)ILETS, TOEFL

*Number of enrollment includes students of full-time courses, part-time courses, certificate courses and apprentices.

Explore the campuses and Learning centers of SAIT Polytechnic

SAIT Polytechnic runs at three campuses all located in Calgary.

  1. Mayland Heights
  2. Culinary Campus
  • Baking and cooking fundamentals are taught here.
  • It also acts as market place, selling food to general public.
  1. Art Smith Aero Centre
  • It is located at Calgary International Airport
  • This campus is the base of School of Transportation.

Residence at SAIT Polytechnic

  • The residence suites of SAIT offer security to the students.
  • They are convenient for classes as well as provide necessary services.
  • These suites offer secure and happening community to live in.  
  • Modern architectural towers at the northern corner of the campus offers different floor plans as per liking of students.

Choose from different programs and courses

  • SAIT offers programs covering eight major areas, viz-
  1. Business
  2. Construction
  3. Energy
  4. Health Public Safety
  5. Hospitality and Tourism
  6. Information and Communications Technologies
  7. Manufacturing and Automation
  8. Transportation
  • Foundation course for English and Academic upgrading courses are also available to benefit students lagging in those particular area.
Baccalaureate Degrees
BBABachelor of Science Construction Project Management
Applied Degrees
Bachelor of Applied Business AdministrationBachelor of Applied Technology Petroleum Engineering
Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information systems --
Certificate Programs
Aircraft Structures TechnicianDatabase Administrator
Dental AssistingCyber Security for control systems
Diesel Equipment TechnicianEmergency Medical Technician
Machinist technicianMedical Device Reprocessing Technician
Non-Destructive Testing FoundationsObject Oriented Software Development
Power and Process OperationsRailway Conductor
Web DeveloperWelding Technician
Technology Infrastructure Analyst --

Apart from this, SAIT Polytechnic provides 33 Diploma programs

Research and Innovation at SAIT Polytechnic:

  • Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) at SAIT brings industry and education together.
  • Together they develop and innovate novel technologies with cooperation of researchers, faculty and students.
  • Research areas include:
  1. Green Building Technology
  2. Clean Energy
  3. Material design and development
  4. Unmanned aerial vehicles
  5. Information Technology
  6. Pipeline Construction and Monitoring
  • With a total of 244 industry partners, 250 student researchers SAIT each year averages CAD 7.1 million in research funding.
  • It has 90 research prototypes

All you need to know about the Application Process

Documents Required

  • Secondary School Certificate and marksheet (Grade 10)
  • Senior/Higher Secondary School Certificate and Marksheet (Grade 12)
  • May need to provide verification letter from school indicating the language of instruction.
  • Explanation of the grading scale often found on the back or the front page of certifications or transcripts.
  • Language test result.

How, when and where to apply?

  • Visit the official website of SAIT.
  • Read the programs requirement carefully on the web
  • Go through “How to apply checklist” on the web
  • Select the program
  • Apply online by visiting Alberta Post-secondary

Application Fees

The applicants are required to pay an application fee of CAD 75.

English Proficiency Requirement

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)80 (IBT), with 20 in each category
International English language testing system (IELTS)6.0 in each skill
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CLBA)8.0 in all sections

What it costs to study at SAIT Polytechnic?

Tuition and other mandatory fees:

All full-time ProgramsCAD 4,595 - CAD 28,031
English Language Foundations (ELF)CAD 2,680.56 per eight-week session
Books, lab materialsCAD 200 - CAD 1,000 per semester
Recreational /athletic feeCAD 80 per semester
Student Association feeCAD 144 per semester
Transit Fee (limitless public transit use)CAD 140 per semester
Health PlanCAD 125 per academic year
Dental PlanCAD 110 per academic year

Residency at SAIT Polytechnic:

  • Begin Tower

Studio ApartmentsCAD 4,260 – CAD 5,080 per semester
Two Bedrooms, One Bathroom Shared SuitesCAD 3,500 – CAD 4,060 per semester
  • East Hall

One bedroom, one-bathroom suitesCAD 5,060 per semester
Four Bedrooms, two bathrooms shared suitesCAD 3,360 per semester

Application fee

  • Non-refundable CAD 50 application fee

Note: CAD 250 refundable security deposit is a mandatory payment.

Scholarship and awards to help students fund their education

Generosity of donors, ensures SAIT to offer over CAD 5 million in awards to students enrolled in almost every program. SAIT recognizes student’s academic success, financial needs, community involvement with awards and aids.

Entrance Awards

  • Bisset Bursary Program: Full tuition fee to high school graduates in financial need and demonstrates an interest in continuing education.
  • Additional funding options are available, visit link to get more information regarding eligibility and timelines.

Alumni Perks and Awards

Alumni Awards:

  • Annually SAIT recognizes commendable contribution of alumni under two categories:
    1. Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
    2. Outstanding Young Alumni Award Recipients

Perks of being a SAIT Polytechnic alumnus

  • Partner Benefits, Perks and Services
    1. High-value products and services at low group rates.
    2. Primarily offers dental, health and life insurance services.
  • ATB financial and the SAIT Honors Rewards MasterCard
    1. Additional benefits, rewards without an annual fee
  • SAIT Wellness Centre Membership
    1. Family access to pool, gym, weight room, and other facilities at discounted rates.
  • Free access to SAIT career fairs, job listings through My Career Hub, employment workshops, consultations etc.
  • Lifetime access to Reg Erhardt Library
  • Free subscription of Link magazine and Alumni Connect Newsletter
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Engineering, Technology & Applied Sciences 51 Programs

Architecture, Building & Planning 1 Program

Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing 2 Programs

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