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Open Studies


Length: Max 30 Credits
Available: Classroom or Online

Program Highlights

Please Note: Our May start courses will be offered in an online format.

You now have the opportunity to be a SAIT student through our Open Studies program! This program allows you to take credit courses to lessen the load before entering or being admitted into a career program of your choice. Students can apply for free through ApplyAlberta and meet with an Open Studies advisor to determine which courses to take.

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Tuition and fees*

1.5 Credit Course: $270
3.0 Credit Course: $540

1.5 Credit Course: $982.50
3.0 Credit Course: $1,965

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


English Proficiency is an Institutional Requirement at SAIT. It is a student’s responsibility to ensure that they have the necessary pre-requisites for the courses they want to enroll in.

Space is limited, so apply early!


Contact us: 403.284.8923


When can you apply? 

  • Applications for Spring 2020 open Oct. 3, 2019 until the program start date.  
  • Applications for Winter 2021 open March 30, 2020 until the program start date.
Term Program start
Spring 2020 May 6, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2020

Why choose SAIT

SAIT will focus on your future. Begin in Open Studies and explore the eight academic schools we have to offer you — Business, Construction, Energy, Health and Public Safety, Hospitality and Tourism, Information and Communications Technologies, Manufacturing and Automation and Transportation.

Hands-on learning in unique labs and classrooms, solution-focused research and enterprising collaborations with industry partners ensure SAIT students are career-ready when they graduate.

Please Note: Our May start courses will be offered in an online format.

Program Details

Program description

In the Open Studies program, students choose from a wide range of credit courses to explore their interests and aptitudes, enabling better-informed program and career choices as they develop strong study skills and earn post-secondary credits. It offers students the flexibility to design their studies around multidisciplinary interests or to focus their studies in one discipline area that interests them the most. This program builds a well-rounded foundation for further education at SAIT with readily transferable courses.

The lesser of 50% of the credits within the credential being sought or a maximum of 30 credits can be applied from the Open Studies program to a future credential at SAIT.

   "Since taking the course I was able to design a fully working excel spreadsheet with its own database for doing our steel takeoffs and estimates. There are several on the market to purchase but none of them ever had everything I wanted in a program.  Ours now has multiple pages with multiple linking cells and formula calculations, it has saved us time on every estimate we do now.  It also removes a lot of possible operator error.  I thought it was cool to be able to take the knowledge gained from the course and implement it right away into our business, and not in a way I would have expected taking a math course.  

Thanks again for being such a great instructor, I said to my wife "I finished the course in the high 90's and never once opened my textbook,  that speaks volumes for the instructor and his lectures".

-Raymond Lacourse

Your career

Complete Open Studies courses in order to get a head start on your education, to reduce course load once in a credential program, or to determine which career path best suits you. You may also take courses for general interest or for personal or professional development.

Student success

To be successful in this program, you should:

  • Invest your energy into your coursework and attend all your classes in a timely fashion. Students who attend all of their classes do better on assignments and tests.
  • Access free SAIT student services such as tutoring, learning strategy workshops, appointments with a learning strategist, and student counseling services.
  • Review course listings and be prepared for courses you are taking. 

Program Outcomes

  1. Academic Readiness: Apply strategies to learn effectively, balance personal life, work, and academics, and manage stress/anxiety, while navigating a large organization/system.
  2. Self-Exploration: Identify personal interests, strengths, skills, and abilities to inform career choice.
  3. Career Exploration and Planning: Explore various career options through a career planning process.
  4. Foundational Skills: Develop foundational skills, such as math, communications, and technological literacy, required for a wide variety of careers.
  5. Technical Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Develop specialized, technical skills specific to a discipline or industry.

English Language Proficiency (ELP)
Open Studies students are more likely to be successful if they have an English language proficiency level that is appropriate for the courses in which they are enrolled. Most require a proficiency level equivalent to at least a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) score of 8 in all categories, or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 6 in all categories. 

Credentials and accreditation

No credential is awarded in Open Studies, credits obtained in this program may be applied towards credentials programs at SAIT.


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Applications are open until the program start date.
  • Spring 2020 start: applications opened Dec. 13, 2019.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019.
  • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020.

Admission requirements

English Proficiency is an institutional requirement at SAIT. It is a student’s responsibility to ensure that they have the necessary pre-requisites for the courses they want to enroll in.

  • Minimum of 50% in the following courses or their equivalents:
    • English Language Arts 10-1 or 10-2, or successful completion of an English placement test.

How to apply for Open Studies

Step 1: Apply to Open Studies and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above and you meet the pre-requisites for courses.  

Step 3: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.


AMAT-240 Applied Mathematics for Business MATH 30-1 3.0
ANPH-209 Anatomy & Physiology None 3.0
BIOL-220 Organisms and their Relationships BIOL 181 3.0
BMAT-230 Business Mathematics MATH 20-1, 30-2 or better 3.0
COMM-209 Business Communications ENGL 30-1 1.5
COMM-238 Technical Communications I   ENGL 30-1 3.0
COMM-256 Professional Communications and Presentation Skills ENGL 30-1 3.0
COMM-405 Industrial Communications   ENGL 30-1 3.0
COMM-415 Professional Communications   ENGL 30-1 1.5
COMM-288 Technical Communications II COMM 238 3.0
COMN-220 Communication and Presentation Skills   ENGL 30-1 3.0
COMN 280 Communication and Presentation Skills II COMN 220 3.0
COMP-213 Computing for Engineering Technology None 3.0
COMP-220 Computer Fundamentals   None 3.0
COMP-261 Microsoft Office: An Introduction  None 1.5
COMP-264 Microsoft Office Basics None 1.5
ENGL-205 Grammar and Proofreading ENGL 30-1 3.0
ENGL-3370 Comparative World Literature   Either COMN 220 or COMM 1070 3.0
HILA-200 Health Information Law 1 None 3.0
INFC-215  Infection Prevention & Control None 3.0
MATH-1011 Technical Mathematics l MATH 20-1 3.0
MATH-1110 Technical Mathematics ll MATH 1010 or MATH 1011 3.0
MATH-237 Math for Technologists MATH 30-1 3.0
MATH-280 Calculus for Technologists MATH 237 3.0
MATH-238 Math for Engineering & Tech l MATH 30-1 3.0
MATH-288 Mathematics for Engineering & Technology ll MATH 238 3.0
MEDT-211 Medical Terminology 1 None 3.0
MEDT-250 Medical Terminology 2 MEDT 211 and ANPH 209 3.0
PATH-242 Pathophysiology 1 None 3.0
PATH-252 Pathophysiology 2 PATH 242 3.0
PHIL-241 Critical Thinking None 3.0
PHYS-235 Engineering Physics
MATH 30-1 1.5
PHYS-1011 Introductory Physics minimum Physics 10 - Recommended Phy. 20 3.0
PHYS-1110 Physics II PHYS 1011 3.0
PREP-200 Academic Preparation and Career Exploration ENGL 30-1 3.0
SCIE-2230 Science of Health and Wellness None 3.0
SCIE-2240 Science Past Present Future MATH 20-1 and any Science 20 level course 3.0
STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering and Technology I MATH 30-1 or MATH 30-2 3.0
STAT-270 Quantitative Methods   MATH 30-1 or MATH 30-2 3.0
STCS-255 Engineering Statics   PHYS 20 1.5


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Credit Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1.5 $270 - - - $270
3.0 $540 - - - $540

International Tuition and Fees*

Credit Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1.5 $982.50 - - - $982.50
3.0 $1,965 - - - $1,950

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*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.


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