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SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, Alberta, Canada has a large community of international students from all over the globe.

How to Apply

Apply early!

SAIT's programs in advanced technology are very popular and classes tend to fill up quickly. It is recommended that students apply well in advance. Applications will be accepted starting on the following dates:

Intake Application start date Selection commences

Spring 2016


Oct. 21, 2015 *Oct. 21, 2015

Fall 2016


Oct. 21, 2015 *Oct. 21, 2015

Winter 2017

(January - April)

June 1, 2016 *June 1, 2016

* Selection timelines vary between programs. In order to be considered for selection, you must meet the minimum admission requirements for the program.

  • You may apply to more than one program but a separate application and fee are required for each.
  • If your application is on a waitlist for the September intake (beginning of the academic year), you may request to transfer it to the January or May intake of the same academic year. 
  • Applications are accepted for each intake up until classes begin for most programs, but it is best to apply early as many programs offer early admission and/or continuous selection.

Application process

Step 1: Submit SAIT application & transcripts

Apply online at ApplyAlberta and send in your high school/post-secondary transcripts (original & English translation) to (colour scan of original transcripts), mail (original documents), or in person.  Assessment is free for international students with a program application to SAIT.

Documents Required:

  • Original official high school transcript (last three years) and postsecondary transcripts (if applicable)
  • Original English translation of transcripts (certified translations)
  • Original diploma /degree (Graduation Certificate) and the English translation
  • English language proficiency results for direct entry (IELTS Academic, TOEFL Internet Based, CLBA, CAEL, PTE and MELAB)
  • Any other documents that are part of the admissions requirements for a specific program

Please note: All electronic transcripts must be in colour. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition will only accept color scanned originals of documents if sending in by email.

Step 2: Pay initial fee

The $50 online or $150 paper application fee (non-refundable) must be paid by Visa or MasterCard at the time the application is submitted.

Step 3: English Language Proficiency for all SAIT programs

All applicants to SAIT Polytechnic must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada. English language proficiency is a requirement for all SAIT programs. Applicants can demonstration English proficiency in the following ways:

  • Successful completion of English, at the required level, as outlined in the individual program descriptions, including a minimum of three years of education at an English speaking Canadian school or at a recognized International English speaking school
  • Successful completion, at the required level, of a post-secondary English or Communications course for which SAIT awards transfer credit, including a minimum of three years of education at an English speaking Canadian School or at a recognized International English speaking school.
  • Successful completion of SAIT's English Language Foundations Level 5 or a recognized alternate. SAIT has agreed to also accept the following as equivalent to ELF Level 5:
  • Successfully complete assessment testing in one of the following:

Common English Tests

Direct Entry Admission Requirements

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT), with 20 in each category

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

6.0 in each skill

Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA)

8.0 in all sections

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

60 in overall band

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Minimum 53

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) Required score of 76

Please note: Tests are valid for a one year period from date of issue. If you are not qualified to enter your academic career program at this time, we will contact you to submit an application to SAIT's English Language Foundations (ELF) program. For further information, please visit English Language Foundations website.

Step 4: Self-Declare your grades 

Any applicant can self-declare by filling out the anticipated grades form, at any time, an anticipated grade for any course you plan on taking (or are currently taking - including English Proficiency classes/exams). However, you must meet the anticipated grade you made regarding that course by the final transcript deadline for the semester you have applied to (for the January semester, final grades are due by December 1; for the September semester, final grades are due by August 1).

Self-declared grades are most often completed by high school applicants who have not yet had the chance to complete an admission requirement; i.e. English 30-1 is the admission requirement, however, the high school applicant will not take that course until the second semester of Grade 12. When you are submitting your application in November (for the following September's intake) you can self-declare your "best guess" as to what grade you will achieve in any admission requirement when you take that course.

Applicants will self-declare for many reasons, mostly because (but not limited to):

  • You are upgrading a previously taken course.
  • You need to take a course to meet a missing admission requirement.

Applicants can complete a self-declaration form while completing your online APAS application. you can also submit a paper form by mail/in person/email.

Any applicant who does not "keep their promise" by your applicable final transcript deadline runs the risk of losing any conditionally-offered seat or your place on the waitlist for your program(s).

Step 5: Schedule a Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA) test at SAIT

Students accepted into English Language Foundations (ELF) are required to book their CLBA test by contactingAcademic Learner Services at 1.403.210.4045 or

Please note: Students must arrive at SAIT approximately two weeks prior to class start in order to adjust to Calgary and take your CLBA test.

Step 6: Pay tuition deposit/confirmation fee

Once you are offered a seat in a program, you will be sent an offer letter requesting that you pay a non-refundable fee of $250 CDN within four weeks to confirm your seat. Your seat will be replaced if the tuition deposit is not received by the noted deadline on your offer letter.

Please note: Tuition deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable if you wish to cancel the program you were selected for. Please visit Tuition, Fees and Refunds.

Step 7: Applying for a study permit

Once the Confirmation fee is paid, you will receive the Confirmation letter and information form to take to the Canadian Embassy in your country to apply for a study permit and temporary resident visa (if required).

Step 8: Payment of Registration fees

Approximately two months prior to the start date of the semester, you will receive a registration letter regarding payment of your first semester tuition fees that are due on or before the date indicated in your letter. Payment of these tuition fees confirms your attendance into your program.


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