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Canada's Best Polytechnic for International Students

SAIT Polytechnic


SAIT was established in 1916 as North America's first publicly-funded technical institute. Recognized as Canada's Premier Polytechnic, we welcome students from around the world. Our high-tech campus is located in the heart of the Canadian west in Calgary, Alberta. This city is a one-hour flight from Vancouver and is close to some of Canada's most spectacular national parks.  SAIT offers certificates, diplomas and applied bachelor degrees to students who want a high quality, post-secondary education.  The 9, 000 full-time students in our programs include more than 500 international students from over 60 countries.  The International Centre provides all necessary services for international students in order to help them adjust to life at SAIT and in Canada.

Top 10 reasons to select SAIT




  • Quality Canadian Education

  • Academic English Language Program

  • Eligibility for up to a two-year work permit after graduation

  • Centres of Technology Development

  • State-of-the-Art Facilities

  • Wide Range of Career-Oriented Programs

  • Hands-On Education

  • Campus Living

  • Located in Calgary, Canada

  • University Transfer Programs

SAIT offers over 60 Applied Bachelor degree, diploma and certificate programs in a wide variety of areas:

Business and Tourism: Bachelor of Applied Business Administration, Administrative Information Management, Baking and Pastry Arts, Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Legal Assistant, Professional Cooking, Retail Meat Cutting, Travel and Tourism.

Construction: Bachelor of Applied Technology: Geographic Information Systems, Architectural Technologies, Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Design and Drafting Technology, Geomatics Engineering Technology, Process Piping and Drafting.

Energy: Bachelor of Applied Technology: Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering Technology, Chemical Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology., Environmental Technology, Instrumentation Engineering Technology, Petroleum Engineering Technology, Power Engineering Technology, Process Operations.  

Health and Public Safety: Emergency Medical Responder, Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles.

Information and Communications Technologies
: Bachelor of Applied Technology: Information Systems, Broadcast Technology, Computer Control Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Technology, Digital Graphics Communications, Electronics Engineering Technology, Exploration Information Technology, Film and Video Production, Journalism Photojournalism, Journalism Print Media Writing, Library Information Technology, Network Engineering Technology, New Media Production and Design, Radio, Television and Broadcast News, Telecommunications Technology.

ICT Fast Track programs
: Technology Infrastructure Management, Network Systems Analyst, Database Administrator, Database Associate, Object-Oriented Software Developer, Computer Support Technician, Network Technician.

Manufacturing and Automation: Automated Systems Engineering Technology, Computer Integrated Design Technology, Machinist Technician, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Technologies, Welding Engineering Technology.

: Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology (Accelerated), Aircraft Structures Technician, Automotive Service Technology, Avionics Technology, Business Administration: Automotive Marketing, Heavy Equipment Technician, Introduction to Automotive Maintenance, Railway Conductor, Rail Signals and Communication Maintenance, Rail Traffic Control.

General Technology Studiesis offered to students who need to improve prerequisites for a SAIT program, have not yet decided on a program or are waitlisted for a program.

Pre-Careers and Transitions are also offered in which students can take upgrading courses to gain the requirements for SAIT's academic programs.  Programs of study include Math, Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), English, Computer Basics, Keyboarding, and Portfolio Building.

English Language Foundations: SAIT's English Language Foundations (ELF) program provides English language upgrading for students whose first language is not English. It is designed to help you to develop the English skills needed for success in any English-speaking environment and in particular, for academic study at SAIT. To apply, please send a completed application form, your high school transcripts (translated into English), and payment for the application fee of $500 Canadian. Upon arrival at SAIT, you will be tested on the CLBA (Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment) for accurate placement within the program.  It is important that you arrive one week before the beginning of classes. Each eight-week level of ELF costs $2, 180 Canadian.

The International Centre is the hub of activity and services for all international students. It was created to help international students adjust to SAIT and to life in Canada. International students have access to all student services at SAIT as well as a number of additional services offered by the Centre: academic advising, admissions, airport greeting, bookstore and computer store, campus health services, chaplains, cultural counseling, health care advising, housing (home stay and on-campus residence), orientation, international student room, Internet access and e-mail address, job search assistance, Learning Skills Centre, personal counseling and referral, pre-departure assistance, recreational facilities, restaurants, study and work permit issues, volunteer opportunities, and more! Contact the International Student Advisor ( ) with your travel plans, questions, requests for airport pickup or information about accommodations.


It is easy to apply to SAIT by mail, fax, Internet or in person. Please include the following documents: application form, high school and/or university/college transcripts (original and English translation), English language proficiency results if applicable (TOEFL, IELTS, CLBA, CAEL, CELPIP), application fee ($500.00 CDN, includes tuition deposit) and any other documents that are required for specific programs.

Mail:    SAIT Polytechnic

International Centre

MA206, Heritage Hall

1301 16th Avenue N.W.

Calgary, Alberta T2M 0L4


Fax: +1-403-284-7386



It is necessary to forward original transcripts by fax or by mail (translated into English) as soon as possible after applying on the Web.

Contact the International Centre by phone at +1-403-284-8852

The dedicated staff in the International Centre is pleased to be able to help you with any questions or concerns you may have! 



SAIT Polytechnic International Centre MA206, Heritage Hall

1301 16th Avenue N.W. Calgary, Alberta T2M 0L4


Fax: +1-403-284-7386





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SAIT Polytechnic International Centre MA206, Heritage Hall

1301 16th Avenue N.W. Calgary, Alberta T2M 0L4


Fax: +1-403-284-7386






Ever since I was a kid I
loved to play with
electronics. But now
thanks to SAIT I can
design and build
electronic devices. Im
proud to be a student
of SAIT.

Joshua Laryea-Adjei
Computer Engineering
Technology (Graduate)
Bachelor of Applied Technology:
Information Systems - Network





I proudly graduated
from SAIT's Business
program in 2002. After
graduation, SAIT asked
me to work as an
accounting clerk.
Now, I have graduated
with my degree in
Bachelor of Applied

Grace Lu
Business Administration
Bachelor of Applied Buisness
Administration (Graduate)