A leader in action-based learning, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) is built on passion — shared by our students, faculty and staff — to shape new worlds as entrepreneurs, leaders and community builders. Founded in 1916, SAIT is the oldest public institute of technology in Canada. A SAIT education offers practical experience and theoretical knowledge in a real-world context. Our students benefit from hands-on learning in unique labs and classrooms, participation in applied research on campus with industry partners and, in many programs, workplace practicums that enable them to apply their learning. SAIT’s lasting reputation and close partnerships with industry, government and other post-secondary institutions offer our students the skills and connections they need to succeed in local, national and global economies.

Areas of Expertise

International students can apply to a variety of our baccalaureate and applied degrees, diploma and certificate programs — programs designed to give you the skills and confidence you need to be successful in your career. Through our state-of-the-art labs, living classrooms, capstone projects and internships, SAIT provides you with a skills-based education and ample exposure to the industries you are training to enter. SAIT students study within eight academic schools — Business, Construction, Energy, Health and Public Safety, Hospitality and Tourism, Information and Communications Technologies, Manufacturing and Automation and Transportation. We invite you to discover more about why Canada, Calgary and SAIT are top destinations for international students from around the world.

On Campus Housing

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Two modern high rises boast four different floor plans, including one bedroom apartments; four bedroom shared quads; two bedroom units and studio suites. The facilities are equipped with recreation/study lounges, on-site laundry facilities, and 24-hour security. SAIT Residence offers fully furnished student units and individual liability leases with all utilities (local phone, internet, cable, heat, electricity, water) included.

Off Campus Housing

SAIT offers a homestay program for international students who would like to live with a Canadian family. The homestay program offers safe and cost effective accommodation for approximately $750.00 per month. The student is provided with his/her own room that includes a bed and clothing storage. He/she also has access to the common areas and study spaces of the house and eats meals with the family, participates in family activities and helps with small household chores. Living with a host family assists the student to become familiar with Calgary and Canadian culture and with learning conversational English.

Incoming Students

SAIT boasts some of the finest student facilities in any post-secondary institute. Our recently completed expansion has created a campus with character, beauty, and cutting edge facilities. SAIT’s recreational amenities are top notch with a wide array of athletic venues from a gymnasium to racquet sport courts, a 35 metre swimming pool, a hockey arena, weight rooms, and a new soccer field. SAIT has two technologically advanced residences for students, which provide housing for approximately 1,170students. All SAIT engineering departments offer research and experimental testing facilities equipped with current scientific equipment. Distinguished laboratory facilities include a fluid mechanics lab, an automated systems engineering technology lab, and computer aided design lab. SAIT students benefit from the Institute’s partnership agreements with business and industry. The cooperation with many leading companies has helped SAIT establish ten world class centres of technology and development. These centres are visible symbols of our reputation as an industry driven institute of advanced technology, and ensure our graduates gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the workplace. All students have Internet and e-mail access. Other facilities include state of the art computer labs, technology labs, seminar rooms, a Corporate Training Centre, and a Learning Skills Centre.

Career Planning

Workshops on career planning are scheduled regularly and cover topics such as employment trends, research methods, and steps to career decision making. The cost of the two hour workshop is $15.00. SAIT hosts and coordinates a Job Fair every year, which consists of over 100 companies that come to SAIT to recruit our students and graduates.


Intercollegiate athletics, intramurals, sports clubs, non-credit courses in recreation, physical education courses, and fitness tests are available.


The International Centre offers opportunities to meet fellow students through day excursions, multicultural clubs, and receptions. Students visit local cultural sites including Banff in the Canadian Rockies and West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton. The Campus Centre offers comprehensive facilities for athletics and physical recreation, it houses a theatre, social lounges, social games, music, and student executive offices. Crafts, games, music, and meeting rooms are located throughout SAIT.


SAIT's clubs include a student government, departmental clubs, and special interest groups.

Information Technology

A full service library including a large computer lab is available to students.


There are many social and cultural student organizations meeting on campus including a Multicultural and International Students' Centre.

Special Services

For a complete description of the services available at SAIT for students with disabilities including an assessment service, please phone the Counsellor for Students with Disabilities at (403) 284-8852. Professional counsellors are available to help SAIT students with a broad range of educational, career, and personal concerns that may interfere with their academic success. Interfaith Chaplains' Office Spiritual care, provided by the campus chaplains, is available to help you explore your questions.

Affiliated Institutions

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) NAIT

International Involvement

SAIT has been involved in the delivery of education and training in the international marketplace since 1984. A growing area of academic service is in the international market. SAIT is delivering training in 19 countries and has campuses in three. These include two campuses in Kazakhstan and one each in Abu Dhabi and China. Recently, SAIT has completed programs in culinary science in Japan, petroleum and instrumentation for Libyan clients, and chemical operations for the UAE.

Campus Tour

As part of an international student's orientation, students receive an introduction to Canadian culture as well as necessary information to assist students in being successful at SAIT.


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 counselling, health care advising, housing (homestay and on-campus residence), orientation, international student room, Internet access and e-mail address, job search assistance, Learning Skills Centre, personal counselling and referral, pre-departure assistance, recreational facilities, restaurants, study and work permit issues, volunteer opportunities, and more!

Modified on May 28, 2019