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International Application Deferrals

A deferral of admission is moving a confirmed (C1 Confirmation paid) seat in a specific program for a specific term to the same program in a future term.


A one-time opportunity to defer admission is considered on a case-by-case basis when extenuating circumstances outside of the student’s control affect the ability to start classes on the registered intake.

Compelling circumstances must be validated with official documentation and require approval from the International Centre. Examples include:

  • illness
  • court appearances
  • bereavement
  • significant extenuating personal circumstances

In some cases, study permit processing delays within the immigration office may be considered. Supporting documents and proof of study permit application submission are required for consideration.

What is not eligible for a deferral:

  • Applicants who have already deferred once will not qualify for a second deferral.
  • Financial constraints and changes in personal plans, including employment, are not considered extenuating circumstances.
  • Applicants who miss the tuition payment and course registration deadline will have their applications cancelled and their seats revoked.
  • Requests not submitted through the deferral form, nor requests received after the deferral deadline, will be considered.
  • Study permit refusals cannot be deferred but can request a partial refund. See refunds.

Confirmed admission term Deferral request review begins Deferral request deadline*
Confirmed for Spring 2022 Feb. 28, 2021 April 25, 2022
Confirmed for Fall 2022 June 20, 2022 Aug. 22, 2022
Confirmed for Winter 2023 Oct. 24, 2022 Dec. 20, 2022

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.

Students accepted to Academic Upgrading, English Language Foundations and Open Studies cannot request a deferral as they are non-credential programs. You may be eligible to move your application once to a different open intake. To inquire about moving an AU, ELF, or OS application, submit a ticket here before your program start date.

Submit your request before your program start date.

Admission deferral request

If your admission deferral is approved, a $250 administration fee will be deducted from the tuition deposit — the remaining balance can be used for the deferred term. 

  • An application can only be deferred to any open intake.
  • If your program of choice is full in any of the available intakes, you can choose to remain on the waitlist or change to a different program with seats available (contingent on meeting all admission requirements for the new program of choice).
  • If your program is not available in any open intakes (for example, a program only available in the Fall), you will need to switch to a different program offered in one of the open intakes.

You can only defer your application once. If you want to defer a second time, you must submit a new application and pay an additional non-refundable tuition deposit. By choosing to cancel your deferred application, the deposit will not be refunded and will be forfeited.

If your admission deferral is declined, you are still expected to start in your initial intake and meet the course registration and tuition payment deadline.

By cancelling your current application, your tuition deposit will not be refunded and will be forfeited. Please review SAIT’s refund policy.

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AA206, Heritage Hall, SAIT Main Campus

1.403.284.8852 international@sait.ca

Monday - Friday | 8 am - 4:30 pm

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