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 Calgary’s oldest post-secondary institution. It offers more than 100 career programs and more than 1,300 part-time courses through the Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Studies.

Located a few minutes north of downtown Calgary, SAIT boasts breathtaking views of the city and the Rocky Mountains. Students can opt to live in one of two modern high-rise residences at the northeastern corner of the main campus. They feature amenities such as recreation and study spaces, on-site laundry, shared studio art space and around-the-clock security.

SAIT is comprised of nine industry-focused schools, including the School of Hospitality and Tourism and the School of Business. In September 2020, SAIT launched the School for Advanced Digital Technology, which is the tech-driven training hub for digital learning at the polytechnic.

SAIT is a skills-intensive institute. It has close industry ties, emphasizes solution-focused research and innovation, and offers four-year bachelor’s degrees. Some graduates will 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 secure way.

Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Mid-sized $2,412-$8,330 $3,131-$14,686 $5,164-$20,195 $9,333-$19,903 Yes

Cool options

  • Professional Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems: Students develop specialized skills in operating drones for private, commercial and other industrial uses.
  • Optician: The program combines foundational studies in ocular pathology, refracting and pharmacology. The focus is on practical skills in the business and retail sides of optometry.
  • Information Systems Security: Students prepare for a career in computer and systems security. They study programming, operating systems, networking and strategy while learning to use defensive and offensive technologies.

Popular Programs

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems
  • Data Analytics

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