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How to Apply as an International Student

Get information about admission requirements, important documents, English language proficiency and study permits so you can apply in advance.

Fall 2023 applications

Applications for fall and summer 2023 are now open. Before you apply make sure you review each step before submitting your application.

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When to apply

SAIT's programs in advanced technology are popular, and classes tend to fill up quickly. We recommend students apply well in advance. Applications will be accepted starting on the following dates:

Term Applications open Applications close*
Winter 2023
(January - April)
March 31, 2022 Sept. 27, 2022
Spring 2023
(May - August)
June 13, 2022 Jan. 23, 2023
Fall 2023
(September - December)
Oct. 5, 2022 May 23, 2023

*The closing dates are tentative and might be changed if IRCC Study Permit processing times change. The closing dates do not apply to English Language Foundations, Academic Upgrading or Open Studies.

You may apply to more than one program but a separate application and fee are required for each when applying to programs in the Winter and Spring 2022 terms. Beginning in the Summer 2022 term you have the option to choose two programs on one application and pay one application fee.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure SAIT has updated contact information. Failure to respond to our communications may result in the application being cancelled.

Do you meet the admission requirements?

All full-time programs have specific admission requirements that you must meet to qualify for admission. Also, all applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency, including students educated in Canada.

Early admission

Some programs offer early admission to applicants who have achieved or will achieve, higher grades in specific admission requirements. The timeline and the course percentage(s) required for early admission are listed on the program's admission and selection page, if applicable.

Selection criteria

To determine program suitability, some programs may require supplementary documentation or additional information to be submitted after you apply — this could include a career investigation report, aptitude test, resumé, essay, interview, etc. Specific programs will also use academic ranking as part of the selection process.

If you do not meet the admission requirements

Application process

Step 1: Apply online

First, use the How to Apply Checklist to make sure you're ready to apply.

Choose a program and apply online. Each online application and document assessment fee is $150 CAD.

Apply online

Step 2: Submit your educational documents

If you were educated outside of Canada, you will require an international document assessment to ensure you've met the admission requirements for your program.

SAIT also accepts external assessments from IQAS, WES, and others.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions. Find more information here.

Submit your documents for assessment

Step 3: Demonstrate English language proficiency

All applicants to SAIT must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada. English language proficiency is a requirement for all SAIT programs.

If you do not meet the English language proficiency requirement, consider the English Language Foundations program.

English language proficiency

Step 4: Check your application status online

Within a week of submitting your application online, you will receive an email acknowledging that SAIT has received your application. The email will include your SAIT ID number and instructions on how to log in to mySAIT. 

Within six weeks, your application will be updated to one of the statuses below. When you submit updated documentation or progress through the competitive entry process, your application decision will be updated. Monitor your application status online on mySAIT.

Track your application

Step 5: Apply for a study permit

International students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada require a study permit issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to study in a program that is longer than six months.

Once you have received your SAIT confirmation/acceptance letter and accompanying documentation for IRCC, you can start the application process for your study permit.

Most students will also require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) in order to enter the country. Please check the IRCC website to see if you require a TRV or eTA.

Study permit

Step 6: Pay your tuition and fees

Approximately six weeks before your program begins, you will register for your classes. At this time, you'll see your tuition amount in your account summary on mySAIT under the myStudent tab.

Payment of these tuition fees confirms your attendance in your program.  Tuition for the semester will be due on the first business day of the month before classes begin (see important dates).  

Also, be sure to check out the Next Steps to help you prepare to begin your academic journey at SAIT.

Tuition and fees 

Contact us

International Centre

AA206, Heritage Hall, SAIT Main Campus

1.403.284.8852 international@sait.ca

Monday - Friday | 8 am - 4:30 pm

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