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SAIT Polytechnic 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), a polytechnic institute in Canada offers admissions to more than 100 career programs, more than 1300 continuing education programs and training courses for 200 companies every year but does not provide any graduate courses. A renowned higher education institute of Canada, the college enrolled more than 11,023 (full-time) and 1,270 (part-time) students in the last academic session.

Admissions at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Polytechnic are available in four intakes around the year namely, spring, fall, summer and winter. With an average acceptance rate and a student retention rate of 94.8%, the organization gives immense importance to academic track record, GPA and English language scores when offering enrollment. An average GPA of 2.5 or above or a score of 65% is considered to be a good enough score when applying for the institute.

Some admission-related pointers for prospective applicants for the college are as listed below.

  • Aspirants can apply for the institute suing the online portal and can track their applications via
  • SAIT only offers bachelor’s degrees for which international applicants have to submit their grading system explanation along with the academic transcripts.
  • For the upcoming Summer 2021 semester, the application process will begin on October 7.
  • Additionally, the transcripts must also be submitted well before the specified deadlines. Applicants, along with the academic transcripts have to produce certified translation and explanation of the grading system used for evaluation.
  • A sum of 75 CAD must be paid as application fee along with the online application.
  • Applicants have to produce their country wise equivalent of Canadian accepted academic requirements along with English language proficiency for securing enrollment at the institute.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) Admission Updates

  • Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation, international students can take Duolingo English Test in place of generally recommended English proficiency tests by SAIT.
  • Additionally, the institute has also extended the timeline for which it will accept ELP scores to two years.
  • The classes for fall 2020 have shifted online with regard to the prioritization of safety.


Application PortalOnline application 
Application Fee (non-refundable)75 CAD (Online application)
175 CAD (Hard Copy application)
Academic CalendarSemester-wise
Intake seasonsSpring, Winter, Summer and Fall
Financial AidScholarships, loans and grants
English proficiency testIELTS, CLBA, CAEL, PTE, MELAB or TOEFL

SAIT Polytechnic Admission Deadlines

The application form deadlines for the four intake seasons to enroll in a different range of undergraduate courses for international students at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology are as follows-

Intake semesterBeginning of applicationApplication deadline
Spring 2020October 2, 2019Program start date
Fall 2020October 2, 2019April 1, 2020
Winter 2021March 30, 2020Program start date
Summer 2021October 7, 2020-

Transcript Deadlines

SAIT has proposed deadlines within which applicants must submit the academic transcripts-

SemesterTranscript Deadline
Winter 2020December 1, 2019
Spring 2020April 1, 2020
Summer 2020June 1, 2020
Fall 2020August 1, 2020

SAIT Polytechnic International Student Admissions

International admissions at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology are primarily governed by the qualifications of an applicant. The qualification must be equivalent to the Canadian counterpart. Additionally, proof of English language proficiency must be produced by taking the recommended tests within a year of drafting the application.

How to apply?

Application Portal: Online application portal

Application Fee (non-refundable): 75 CAD (online application), 175 CAD (hardcopy application)

Basic Admission Requirements: International applicants hailing from more than 140 countries draft applications for admission at SAIT. Following are the requirements one needs to fulfill while submitting an international application-

  • Official academic transcripts.
  • Diploma certificate.
  • Explanation of the grading system that governs the marking system.
  • Certified translation of Non-English academic documents.
  • English language proficiency proof.

Application Process in a few easy steps

Applicants of foreign origin must follow the below-stated procedure in order to draft their application successfully-

  1. Choose a course from the institute’s course catalog and check the requirements of the desired course.
  2. Apply via the ApplyAlberta portal online or complete the hardcopy form.
  3. After entering the basic personal, academic and course details, upload your educational documents such as academic transcripts and explanations of the grading system.
  4. Next, submit the English Proficiency proof and pay the application fee.
  5. Submit the application form and track you application at

Country-Specific Requirements

To enroll at SAIT Polytechnic, one of the top colleges in Canada, some specific educational requirements for applicants hailing from a particular country must be fulfilled which are as stated below-

Country nameSpecific requirements
BangladeshIntermediate Examination Certificate and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and mark sheet issued by Board of Intermediate and Secondary education.
IndiaState, All India Board, CBSE or ICSE official statement of marks and final examination certificate for both 10th and 12th standard.
NepalAny 10th or 12th certificates issued by relevant board
PakistanCertificate of examination/ mark sheet/ result card by the issuing authority

English Proficiency Test Scores

All the programs at the university are taught in English medium and hence proving English language proficiency is mandatory.

Test nameMinimum Required Score
TOEFL iBT80 overall, 20 in each category

Visa Process for International Students

  • After receiving an acceptance letter from SAIT and documentation for IRCC, apply for a study permit. The application for the study permit is drafted via IRCC website.
  • On the IRCC website, find the Canadian visa office that serves in your location. Use the service of that particular office to obtain a permit and a Canadian Student Visa.
  • Apply only with a valid passport otherwise, your application is subject to rejection.
  • IRCC puts a list of countries that require an applicant to take medical exams and biometric. If your country falls in that category, do take the aforesaid when you apply for the permit.
  • Check with the visa office as to what documents are required and submit them.
  • Pay the fees and submit the application.

SAIT Polytechnic Undergraduate Admissions

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology offers an array of degree programs at bachelor’s level across its 4 campus locations. The basic academic requirements for the programs are the same; however, the program-specific requirements differ.

Where to Apply: ApplyAlberta

Application Fee: 75 CAD (online), 175 CAD (hardcopy)

Admission Requirements: The general requirements for all the programs are stated below-

  • Official academic transcripts that demonstrate high school score equivalency.
  • Official diploma certificate (if any)
  • Grading system explanation.

The programs offered at the undergraduate level are as follows-

Bachelor of Science Construction Project Management
RequirementsBachelor of Business AdministrationBachelor of Hospitality and Tourism ManagementBachelor of Science Construction Project ManagementBachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information SystemsBachelor of Applied Technology Petroleum Engineering
Admission open forFallFallFall and WinterFall and WinterFall and Winter
Program length4 years2 years4 years-2 years
English ProficiencyRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Graduate Employability Rate90%-93%-75%
Course preferenceAn aggregate of 65% in XII standard with 60% in English and 60-70% in Math;
Business Administration Diploma with 2.3 cumulative GPA
Hospitality Management Diploma with 2.3 cumulative GPA;
50-60% in English and Math
Average of 70% with English as a subject; A two-year diploma with 2.3 GPA or 67%A two-year diploid completion or two years at a post-secondary academic institutionA two-year diploma with at least 2.5 cumulative GPA

Once the application is submitted, it will either be declined, waitlisted or accepted. Applicants can check the status of their applications at After receiving an acceptance letter and documents necessary for IRCC, visit the IRCC website and find the nearest Canadian visa office.

Thereby, draft an application for study permit along with relevant documents and application fee and ensure it to do it on time to ensure enrollment at the institute and fulfill your dream of studying in Canada.


Ques. Is there a minimum GPA requirement for Bachelor of Applied Technology Petroleum Engineering at SAIT Polytechnic?

Ans. Yes. A minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA is required for the program at SAIT Polytechnic.

Ques. What’s the minimum GPA one needs to have in the Diploma of Business Administration for admission in a BBA course at SAIT Polytechnic?

Ans. 2.3 cumulative GPA is required for a BBA course at SAIT Polytechnic.

Ques. What’s the substitute for English proficiency tests during COVID-19 pandemic at SAIT Polytechnic?

Ans. SAIT Polytechnic is also accepting Duolingo English Test scores during this period. Additionally, the ELP score acceptance has been extended to two years.

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