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Winter 2023 international students

We know you'll have lots of questions before you start — here’s what you need to know to make your transition to SAIT an easy one. 

Health and safety

Full vaccination and disclosure of vaccination status are no longer required to attend campus, though being vaccinated is strongly encouraged.

Though masks are no longer required, please consider wearing a mask for an added layer of protection indoors in both public and private settings. Be kind and respect the right of those choosing to wear or not wear a mask.

Plan ahead

📝 Stay on track to start at SAIT

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⏱️ Important deadlines

  • Deferral period: If you wish to pursue a deferral, please complete an admission deferral request and upload documentation to support your case. Only requests submitted through the deferral form will be considered. The deferral period for those confirmed for Winter 2023 is Oct. 24 to Dec. 15, 2022.
  • Final transcript deadline: If you've been conditionally accepted to SAIT pending final grades — Confirmation Paid - Documents Required — from Grade 12, academic upgrading or international document assessment, don't forget final documents are due by Monday, Aug. 1 for students starting in September, October or November.
  • Tuition payment deadline:
    • Monday, Aug. 8 for new students starting classes in September.
    • The first business day of the month before classes begin for students starting in October or November.
  • Transfer credit deadlines: If you wish to receive credit for previous post-secondary courses, you must apply by one of the following deadlines.
    • Apply by Friday, Sept. 16 to receive transfer credit and a refund for credited courses — review tuition and fees for our refund policy.
    • Apply by the midpoint of the course to receive transfer credit only.

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Pay your tuition

Once you've registered for your classes, you'll see your tuition balance in your Account Summary on mySAIT under the myStudent tab. 

As a full-time student at SAIT, there are many ways for you to pay your tuition and fees, including online banking, credit card and student loans.

Payment options

Get your textbooks

Find your list of textbooks through mySAIT or the Bookstore after you register in your courses. Order them four weeks before the start of classes to be ready for your first day. Check your program page for additional tools or supplies you may need.

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Confirmation of enrolment letter

Some financial institutions may require a letter confirming your enrolment to release RESP funds. You can request a Confirmation of Enrolment through your mySAIT account after you’re registered for your classes. Your letter will be uploaded to MyCreds within five business days after submitting your request — look for an email from MyCreds when your letter is available.

Review student letters for instructions.

If your financial institution requires us to sign a form, upload the appropriate forms and submit a ticket through Freshdesk.

Study permits

Learn more about student permits and co-op work permits from the FAQs for New International Students. If your study permit is denied you have until the program start date on Monday, Jan. 9 to send your study permit denial letter to FreshDesk to be eligible for a partial refund.

Class schedule

You can find your schedule on your mySAIT account under your myStudent tab or in the Ellucian Go app. Learn more about making sense of your schedule

Entrance awards

Entrance awards are available for new SAIT students starting their programs in the spring. Complete an online application through your mySAIT account. Applications are open from Friday, July 1 until Monday, Aug. 15.

📺 Watch: How to apply for awards

After you've paid your tuition

🚀 Start your countdown

We’ll have more information to help you dive into the details closer to the first day. Check back and watch your inbox for notices from SAIT. ️

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💻 Attend info sessions and complete these prep courses online

There will be info sessions for registration, student awards, how to get started at SAIT and how to get involved — plus a whole series just for international students.

👉 PERS 050 – Student Rights and Responsibilities

This mandatory course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You'll learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. You'll engage in a number of learning activities in this course, including readings, videos, activities and assessments. We encourage you to make the most of this opportunity! The more you participate, the more you'll take away and the better prepared you'll be for success at SAIT.

PERS 050 will be available through Brightspace (D2L) closer to the start of classes.

👉 PREP 100 – The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. You'll be registered in PREP 100 automatically and course completion is recommended.

PREP 100 will be available through Brightspace (D2L) closer to the start of classes.

👉 Self-Registration Info Session

We know self-registration can be stressful. Join representatives from SAIT's Office of the Registrar for answers to your registration-related questions. During the session, we'll cover important topics including registration deadlines and how to resolve common errors.

📅 Our self-registration info session is from noon to 1 pm on Tuesday, July 5. Can’t attend? We’ve got you covered. Watch this short video or check out our common registration questions.

Webinar Date & Time Description

Discover Calgary & SAIT

Thursday, Oct. 20, 9 am

Are you excited about starting a new life in Calgary and starting school? We are here to assist you!

Learn more about what the City of Calgary and SAIT have to offeer you (services, transit, free activities and services) shopping in Calgary, GST and cheaper options.

Housing in Calgary

Thursday, Oct. 27, 9 am

Learn about how to find a place to live, how to set up your cellphone and internet, transit, SIN and tips and tricks on how to successfully transition to life in Canada.

Travel to Canada with your family

Thursday, Nov. 3, 9 am

If you plan to have your family (spouse, children) move to Canada with you while you are studying at SAIT, this session is for you. Learn about education for children and daycare, and community and support services available in Calgary. 

Alberta Health Care Plan & Insurance Coverage

Thursday, Nov. 10, 9 am

Did you know that SAIT international students have insurance coverage from the Government of Alberta, as well as Saitsa Health and Dental Insurance? Learn more about your coverage in this informative session.

How to Prepare for Your Arrival in Calgary

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 9 am

International travel can be stressful. We are here to help! Join us for this webinar to learn more about:

  • Travelling to Canada (packing tips, travelling safely)
  • Crossing the Canadian Border (documents required, travelling with family)
  • Live Q&A for all your questions

Winter in Calgary

Thursday, Nov. 17, 9 am

Learn about winter in Calgary. How to best prepare for the weather, stay cozy and warm and  some shopping for winter clothes tips. Affordable clothing options.

Your Student Immigration Journey

Thursday, Nov. 24, 9 am

Learn the difference between study permits, TRV, eTA, coop work permits and more. Understand your eligibility for the Post Graduate Work Permit and explore working in Canada as an international student.

Well-being & Making New Connections and volunteering

Thursday, Dec. 1, 9 am

During this session we will provide strategies to improve your well-being in Canada and how to start building connections with your new  community here at Sait and in Calgary.

What I Wish I'd Known
International Student Panel

Thursday, Dec. 8, 9 am

This session will give you the opportunity to learn from the experiences of current international students.
They will share insights and tips that will allow you to thrive here at SAIT!

Budgeting & Expense Planning

Thursday, Dec. 15, 9 am

This session gives you the opportunity to create your own budget and learn how to plan your expenses in Canada.

Do you have any questions?

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 9 am

During this session you will discover the community and SAIT resources that will assist you during your settlement in Calgary.

Study Application Webinar

Thursday, Sept. 15, 8 am
Friday, Sept. 23, 8 am
Friday, Sept. 30, 8 am

👋 Get involved in your new SAIT community

Find a student club, check in with the International Centre, participate in the SAIT Insights Research Community, build your Co-Curricular Record, connect with Pride at SAIT, and lots more.

Good luck with your studies! Once you start at SAIT, watch your inbox for your weekly SAIT Update — it’s packed with reminders, important dates and news you can use — add your SAIT email to your phone and you won’t miss a thing.

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