The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology | Calgary, Alta. | Founded 1916

SAIT respiratory therapy program students

Students of the Respiratory Therapy program at SAIT. (Adam Peariso/SAIT)

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) is Canada’s first publicly funded polytechnic and, founded in 1916, Calgary’s oldest post-secondary institution. It offers more than 100 career programs and more than 1,300 part-time courses. 

Its main campus is near downtown Calgary, and there are five other smaller campuses spread throughout the city. Students can opt to live in one of two modern high-rise residences located at the northeast corner of the main campus, which feature amenities like recreation and study spaces, on-site laundry, shared studio art space and around-the-clock security.

In March, SAIT announced a new, two-year diploma program in integrated water management. Students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to address global water issues, preparing them for work in industries from energy and agriculture to the government and non-profit sectors.

Like other polytechnics, SAIT is a skills-intensive, technology-based institute. It has close industry ties, emphasizes solution-focused research and innovation and offers four-year bachelor’s degrees. Some SAIT graduates will now receive their credentials via blockchain technology, which creates a tamper-free digital signature and allows graduates to share their accomplishments with potential employers in a completely secure way.

Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Mid-sized (2,000 full-time students to fewer than 10,000 full-time students) $1,955-$7,098 $2,258- $12,985 $4,240-$19,848 $5,070-$18,155 Yes

Cool Options

  • Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management: Small class sizes and mentorship help students develop their managerial, executive or entrepreneurial skills for careers in this growing sector.
  • Cyber Security for Control Systems: Students develop the skills to protect industrial control systems—such as those used in drilling and well sites, power plants, telecommunications and hospitals—from cyberattacks.
  • Butchery and Charcuterie Management: Students learn curing and production methods for salamis, prosciutto and sausages, along with a theoretical and practical understanding of meat processing.

Popular Programs

  • Business Administration (Diploma)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Information Technology
  • Academic Upgrading
  • Architectural Technologies

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