SAIT students get the polytechnic advantage and benefit from:

  • Small class sizes to allow for personalized learning.
  • Highly engaged, expert instructors from industry who care about your child’s success.
  • Applied hands-on learning that puts theory into practice in real-life settings.
  • Industry-driven curriculum to ensure the most relevant and in-demand skills.
  • Innovative tech-based skills training in state-of-the-art facilities to help develop problem-solving skills and deliver real-world business solutions.
  • Work-integrated learning provides the latest knowledge and practical experience so grads are career-ready the moment they graduate.
  • 90% of employers who hired polytechnic grads indicate practical experience as a key benefit.
  • 88% of employers who hired a polytechnic graduate had a positive experience.

More about our purpose

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Academic Upgrading

Students not (yet) meeting the entry requirements for specific programs can upgrade through high school equivalency courses. We set your child up for success with flexible class times and a supportive environment with access to free student services.

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Open Studies

This is a time of great self-discovery for your child. Open Studies gives them freedom to explore and flexibility with their learning schedule while still earning credit. 

A home away from home

Living in residence helps to enhance the student experience and helps your child transition from living at home to living independently. It also cultivates understanding, tolerance and respect for others and exposes them to new friends through the various activities we offer.

We recommend parents, family members and supporters take the opportunity to visit their resident students in Residence, so you can see first-hand what makes living on campus a memorable and rewarding experience.

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Ideas for supporting your student from home

Send a care package

Students love getting care packages, which could include special treats, gift cards to favourite restaurants or stores, small toiletries and photos of family, friends or pets.

SAIT eCards

SAIT eCard is the official SAIT identification (ID) card that gives a student access to facilities across campus. Load funds onto your student's eCard for them to eat, shop and print on campus.

Groceries delivered

Many grocery stores now offer a home delivery service, where you can easily shop online and have the groceries delivered right to Residence where your student can easily access them.

Visit and stay with us

We offer great accommodation options at Residence — including upgraded hotel suites at a fraction of the cost. Stay close to your loved one without cramping their style, or their space.

What parents need to know

The Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act (FOIP) legally prohibits us from discussing any student's file with anyone other than the student and/or guarantor unless we have written authorization to do so. If you require information (such as billing details) from the SAIT Residence office, please have your student speak with the SAIT Residence office staff to provide them with the proper authorization.

What does this mean?

  • This means, that in the event of calling on the student's behalf, their family member(s), friend(s) or acquaintance(s) may not be provided information regarding the status of or information about their residence application, assignment, fees or breach of community standards.
  • If friends or family members don't know or forget their student's residence room number and request this information from our staff, we are not able to provide it.
  • These measures not only follow legislation but also ensure the safety of our residents.

In the event of an emergency, or if you are unable to reach your student and are concerned, please get in touch with the SAIT Residence office or SAIT Security after hours, and we will facilitate contacting your student and getting a message to them to contact you.

Should your student have a concern, if they need to talk to someone, or if they are feeling homesick, please encourage them to access our useful resources where they can talk to a Community Assistant, the Residence Life Coordinator or Manager of Residence Life.

We also offer many free support systems that students can access through our Student Development and Counselling department whom they can happily connect.

We’re here for your student

Student life is an integral part of your child’s journey and we want them to make the most of their time at SAIT. Student success is at the core of a SAIT education, in and outside of the classroom. Our supportive instructors and small class sizes provide your child with the guidance to succeed in their studies. Students can also hone their study skills, ease exam anxiety and get extra support from an academic coach or tutor.

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Open doors for your child

Help your child explore their interests and discover themselves with our Youth Programs — specifically for those in Grades 4-12. We educate, empower and excite young minds on their self-discovery journey. Whether they want to sharpen skills, develop new ones or lay the foundation for their future career — our Youth Programs are an ideal place to start!

Start early

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SAIT is located on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of Treaty 7 which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Îyârhe Nakoda of Bearspaw, Chiniki and Goodstoney.

We are situated in an area the Blackfoot tribes traditionally called Moh’kinsstis, where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. We now call it the city of Calgary, which is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.