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2020/21 program delivery

Working with the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services, SAIT made the decision to deliver the majority of Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 programming online. The health and safety of our SAIT community remains our top priority, and the decision was made in consideration of provincial health restrictions and guidelines.

Most SAIT classes will be delivered remotely, supported by virtual meeting technology and simulations.

We are delivering a limited number of in-person labs on campus.

SAIT is committed to leveraging and utilizing technology as much as possible to ensure your online and, if applicable, in-person experience is safe and robust.

Student supports are still available remotely — this includes tutoring, academic coaching, writing support, career advising, counselling and lots more — we’ve got you covered.

Updates regarding Spring and Fall 2021 delivery will be posted as soon as the information becomes available. We appreciate your patience and are working to share accurate information as quickly as we can.

Message from the VP Academic  

Classes and delivery

Winter 2021 program delivery mode

The delivery information below applies to both continuing and new students unless otherwise indicated.

Blended format means the majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled in person on campus.

MacPhail School of Energy

Bachelor of Applied Technology Petroleum Engineering Online
Chemical Engineering Technology Blended
Chemical Laboratory Technology Blended
Electrical Engineering Technology Blended
Electronics Engineering Technology Blended
Energy Asset Management Online
Energy Asset Management (part-time) Online
Environmental Technology Blended
Instrumentation Engineering Technology Blended
Integrated Water Management Blended
Land Analyst Online
Petroleum Engineering Technology Online for 1st semester (Jan. start), online for 2nd semester (Sept. start), blended for 4th semester
Petroleum Land Administration Online
Power and Process Operations Blended
Power Engineering Technology Blended
Pre-Employment Electrician Blended
Water and Wastewater Treatment Operations Blended

School of Business

Accounting Oil and Gas Production Online
Administrative Information Management Online
Bachelor of Applied Business Administration Online
Bachelor of Applied Business Administration (part-time) Online
Bachelor of Business Administration Online
Business Administration Online
Business Administration (part-time) Online
Community Economic Development Online
Financial Services (Con Ed) Online
General Business (Con Ed) Online
Legal Administrative Assistant (Con Ed) Online
Legal Assistant Online
Management (Con Ed) Online
Marketing (Con Ed) Online
Office Professional Online
Office Professional (Con Ed) Online

School of Construction

Architectural Technologies Online
Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems Online
Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems (part-time) Online
Bachelor of Science Construction Project Management Online
Civil Engineering Technology Online
Engineering Design and Drafting Technology Online
Geomatics Engineering Technology Online
Pre-Employment Cabinetmaker Blended
Pre-Employment Carpenter Blended
Pre-Employment Pipetrades Blended
Pre-Employment Refrigeration Blended

School of Health and Public Safety

Advanced Care Paramedic Blended
Dental Assisting Blended
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Blended
Health Information Management Online
Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Blended
Medical Device Reprocessing Technician (part-time) Blended
Medical Laboratory Assistant Blended
Medical Laboratory Technology Blended
Medical Office Assistant & Unit Clerk Online
Medical Office Assistant & Unit Clerk (part-time) Online
Medical Radiologic Technology Blended
Nuclear Medicine Technology Blended
Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles Blended
Ophthalmic and Optometric Assisting Blended
Optician Blended
Pharmacy Assistant Blended
Primary Care Paramedic Blended
Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant Blended
Respiratory Therapy Blended

School of Hospitality and Tourism

Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Online
Baking and Pastry Arts  Blended
Butchery and Charcuterie Management  Blended
Hospitality Management Online
Professional Cooking Blended
Travel & Tourism Online

School of Information and Communications Technologies

Broadcast Systems Technology Blended
Business Intelligence: Data Analysis and Reporting Online
Data Analytics Online
Database Administrator Online
Film and Video Production Blended
Graphic Communications and Print Technology 2nd and 4th semesters blended
Information and Records Management Online
Information Systems Security 1st, 2nd, 4th semester online, 3rd semester blended
Information Technology Online
Journalism Online
Library Information Technology Online
Library Information Technology (part-time) Online
Network Technician Online
New Media Production & Design Online
Object Oriented Software Development Online
Radio, Television and Broadcast News Blended
Web Developer Online

School of Manufacturing and Automation

Machinist Technician Blended (continuing students only)
Mechanical Engineering Technology Blended
Mechanical Engineering Technology (evening and weekend) Blended
Non-Destructive Testing Foundations  Blended
Pre-Employment Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Blended
Pre-Employment Welding Blended
Welding Engineering Technology Blended
Welding Technician Blended

School of Transportation

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology  Blended
Aircraft Structures Technician  Blended (continuing students only)
Automotive Service Technology Blended
Avionics Technology  Blended
Business Administration Automotive Management Online
Diesel Equipment Technician Blended
Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician Blended
Railway Conductor Blended
Pre-Employment Mobile Crane Blended

Academic Services

Academic Upgrading Online
English Language Foundations Online
Open Studies Online
Do online courses meet my credit program requirements?

Online content will provide the same curriculum requirements as classroom-based learning, while leveraging technology to enhance learning from a distance. The courses will meet the credit program requirements.

My classes were already deferred, how will I be studying?

We are delivering a limited number of in-person labs on campus specific to apprenticeships and the more hands-on components of programs. Class sizes have been reduced to ensure proper physical distancing and we are following all provincial health and safety guidelines. In-person instruction will be prioritized based on critical need. 

If I’m taking a course that starts online, will it complete online regardless if restrictions are lifted?

Yes. Any program that is delivered completely online and begins the term online should anticipate concluding the term online, regardless of restrictions being lifted. 

Does online delivery change the cost of tuition and fees?

The cost to deliver our programs has not changed with the transition to online learning. Domestic tuition fees represent the cost, less government subsidies, to deliver the programs. International tuition is not subsidized and tuition costs represent the full cost of the program. Costs include and cover instructional staff, administration, equipment, infrastructure and maintenance, as well as ensuring our curriculum aligns with quality standards and industry needs.

For these reasons, tuition will remain as listed on our website. However, some of our auxiliary services for the upcoming semester have been suspended.

As part of its annual tuition review process, SAIT conducts a pan-Canadian analysis of SAIT's programs against comparable programs at other Canadian institutions to ensure our tuition rates remain competitive and students receive high value for their tuition dollars while continuing to receive a world-class education.

What are the computer and technical requirements for my courses/program now that I’m learning online?

With class delivery moving online, students will be responsible for ensuring they have access to a computer and supporting technology that meets the technical requirements of their program. Learn more about the technical requirements for your program. Contact your Academic Chair for more information.

We understand this may present an additional financial challenge for students. Please speak with your faculty advisor or contact Financial Advising to discuss possible funding options

My program has been designated an e-Learning program — will this change if I’m studying online?

Students registered in e-Learning programs who are studying within Canada will be provided with a SAIT laptop for the 2020/21 academic year.

SAIT is sending e-Learning laptops via courier to new students within Canada who have been fully admitted to their program, have paid their tuition/fees, and have completed and returned a digitally signed e-Learning contract. You will receive an email with details, along with the contract. Please complete and return the contract as soon as possible. Email its.assets@sait.ca if you have any questions.

Students in e-Learning programs who are studying outside of Canada will have remote access to their e-Learning laptop through an "international lab" on campus. You will be able to access this laptop and the software required for your specific program remotely from your home country using your own computer. Watch your inbox for more information from the International Centre or your Academic Chair.   

Note: After September 2021, the e-Learning program will be phased out and students will need to supply their own computers and supporting technology. 

Will the new student technology fee still be charged if we’re studying online?

The student technology fee is effective July 2020 and will be charged to all SAIT students. This fee supports upgrades to SAIT’s technology systems, including virtual private network (VPN) access and other system improvements that support both in-person and online learning.

What’s it like to learn online?

Online content will provide the same curriculum requirements as classroom-based learning, while leveraging technology to enhance learning from a distance.

Instructors have been asked to deliver their courses in real time and also record their presentations.

Make the most of your online learning experience and get a head start of your first day.

What if I have a group project? How am I expected to work on that with my teammates?

Classes may have a group project component, but there is absolutely no expectation that you connect face-to-face with your teammates to work on class assignments. Use the virtual tools available and recommended by your instructor — Microsoft Teams, Google Drive and others — to complete group assignments. Follow physical distancing instructions from Alberta Health Services.

Will I have access to my instructors if I'm studying online?

Yes. Your instructor will let you know the best way to reach them and if they have specific “virtual” office hours.

How will I be graded studying online?

SAIT uses a 4-point grade point average (GPA) grading system. This system will also apply to online learning. Learn more and make sure you understand how your grades work.

I’m uncomfortable attending labs on campus, what are my options?

On-campus classes have been prioritized because the content is specifically suited to in-person delivery. Please contact your Academic Chair to discuss your options.

How do I report an absence when I'm studying online?

If you need to miss a class because you’re ill, have an appointment or need to self-isolate, follow the current process for reporting absences in your program.

When will SAIT eCards (student ID cards) be available?

If you're in a blended program, you'll receive an email invitation to submit a photo for your SAIT ID card or eCard. Watch your inbox. Students in blended programs can collect their printed card in class in January through their Academic Chair.


As part of SAIT's ongoing response to COVID-19, the UPass will be suspended for the Winter 2021 term.


2020/21 Technical Training Registration Dates

Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) has posted 2020/21 technical training registration dates. Check the AIT website for the registration schedule.

Tuition payment deadlines

Tuition and fees are payable after you register in your classes. You must have your financing in place and pay your tuition by the applicable deadline. Learn more about tuition payment deadlines.

Program changes and refunds

We encourage all students to speak with their Academic Chair or an Academic Advisor before making the decision to cancel or defer your studies to see if we can address your concerns. If your situation cannot be addressed adequately, please contact the Office of the Registrar to discuss your cancellation request.

Can I defer my Winter 2021 application to Fall 2021?

If your program was cancelled by SAIT, your application can be transferred to another program offered in Fall 2021. Please make sure you check sait.ca to see when your program is offered before submitting a request to Freshdesk.

If you’re an international student and you were unable to secure a study permit, you may request an application deferral to the same or another program offered in Fall 2021. This is subject to space availability as some programs may already be full. Please make sure you check sait.ca to see when your program is offered before submitting a request to Freshdesk.

If your program is not offered in Fall 2021, you will not be able to transfer or defer your application. You will need to re-apply through ApplyAlberta when applications for Winter 2022, Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 open.

I’m thinking about cancelling my Winter 2021 application, will I get a refund?

If you feel you need to change your application, please submit a ticket to Freshdesk for more information. You must cancel your application prior to the fee deadline to receive a refund including the tuition deposit and prior to the first day of classes to avoid being charged tuition and fees. Learn more about refunds here.

Applications and admission

What if I can't provide official documentation due to school closures or travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic?

SAIT will accept electronic copies of documents sent to  credentials.transcripts@sait.ca directly from the school in cases where hard copies cannot be provided due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Documents that are not transcripts must be on the school’s letterhead. Please see the temporary adjustments to AC.3.1.1 Grading and Progression procedure for more information.


How will physical distancing requirements be managed?

Housing assignments will promote physical distancing  — one student will be roomed in a two-bedroom suite and two students will be roomed in a four-bedroom suite. All residents will have their own washroom.

I’ve applied to stay in SAIT Residence. Can I get a refund for my application fee and deposit if I decide to cancel?

Yes, you will receive a refund for your application fee and deposit if you decide to cancel. Please contact SAIT Residence directly if you decide you would like to cancel your stay.

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