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Open Studies

Closed for Fall 2019

Open for Spring 2020

Open for Winter 2020

Length: Max 30 Credits
Available: Classroom or Online

Program Highlights

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 Winter 2020 open Oct. 18, 2019 until the program start date.
  • Applications for Spring 2020 open Oct. 3, 2019 until the program start date. 
  • Applications for Fall 2020 open Oct. 3, 2019 until the program start date 
Term Program start
Winter 2020 Jan. 6, 2020
Spring 2020 May 6, 2020
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 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.

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.

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

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.


Open Studies students can take up to two Academic Upgrading courses per semester while taking post-secondary level courses 

Applied Mathematics for Business AMAT-240 3
Organisms and their Relationships BIOL-2220 3
Business Mathematics BMAT-230 3
Business Communications COMM-209 1.5
Technical Communications I   COMM-238 3
Professional Communications and Presentation Skills COMM-256 3
Industrial Communications   COMM-405 3
Professional Communications   COMM-415 1.5
Technical Communications II COMM-288 3
Communication and Presentation Skills   COMN-220 3
Computing for Engineering Technology COMP-213 3
Computer Fundamentals   COMP-220 3
Microsoft Office: An Introduction  COMP-261 1.5
Microsoft Office Basics COMP-264 1.5
Dynamics DYNA-265 1.5
Grammar and Proofreading ENGL-205 3
Comparative World Literature   ENGL-3370 3
Technical Mathematics l MATH-1011 3
Technical Mathematics ll MATH-1111 3
Math for Technologists MATH-237 3
Calculus for Technologists MATH-280 3
Math for Engineering & Tech l MATH-238 3
Mathematics for Engineering & Technology ll MATH-288 3
Critical Thinking PHIL-241 3
Engineering Physics
PHYS-235 1.5
Introductory Physics PHYS-1011 3
Physics II PHYS-1110 3
Academic Preparation and Career Exploration PREP-200 3
Science of Health and Wellness SCIE-2230 3
Science Past Present Future SCIE-2240 3
Statistics for Engineering and Technology I STAT-245 3
Quantitative Methods   STAT-270 3
Engineering Statics   STCS-255 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*

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

Use our cost calculator to get your estimated yearly cost for the program. 

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


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