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Pre-Orientation Travel and Tourism Diploma Program

"Welcome to the fascinating world of Travel and Tourism.  Our team is made up of experienced professionals who will help you gain the relevant skills required for entry into this diverse, fast-paced industry.

Over the next two years you will prepare to join the multi-billion dollar tourism industry as you learn all about reservation software, business management, sales and marketing, and much more. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of social activities, including:

  • Volunteering for industry trade shows and product launches;
  • Joining the Global Passport Student Club;
  • Networking with industry professionals; and,
  • Participating in international exchanges and study tours abroad.

What’s more, you will experience applied education at its finest with the only student-run travel centre in North America — Destinations.

Fasten your seat belts, this is sure to be an exciting two years."

The cost of your education

You will need to purchase books and program supplies in your first week. Your books and supplies will cost approximately $1,150* for year one and $750* for year two. This is not included in your tuition.

We have outlined the estimated costs to help you budget for your expenses.


The cost of books is approximately $750 for year one and $350 for year two. Required books may be purchased at the SAIT Bookstore. Please watch for the official book list from the bookstore in August. 


Between your first and second year of study, you will get to apply your skills in a mandatory professional internship. Internship course fees are due in May of your first year (approximately $422 for domestic students.) This is included in the overall tuition listed in the fee table, however it often comes as a surprise since the bulk of your tuition is due in August and January. See SAIT's dates to remember.

Bring Your Own Device

You are responsible for bringing a laptop that meets the minimum hardware requirements and operating system for this program.

Optional international study tour

There is an optional international study tour between the first and second year. Interested students should budget approximately $3,500.

*All costs are estimated and subject to change.

Student resources 

Prep 100

In preparation for your transition into post-secondary studies, we encourage you to register for PREP 100. PREP 100 is designed to help prepare you for success in your studies at SAIT. Topics covered include managing time, learning strategically, improving memory, taking effective notes in class, working in teams, and managing exam anxiety and stress.

Meet your instructors

Mary-Ann Hummel
Mary-Ann Hummel
  Stephanie Mercredi
Stephanie Mercredi 
Instructor Lisa Berthelot
Lisa Berthelot

Your contacts

Andy Trache
Student Services Coordinator
Phone: 403.210.4343
Email: andy.trache@sait.ca

Gerry Suffield
Academic Chair, Travel and Tourism
Phone: 403.210.5627
Email: gerry.suffield@sait.ca

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