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ELF and BA Plus

Open for Fall 2021 (International)

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

This program offers a new admission option for students working to improve their English language requirements and once successful leads into a seat in the Business Administration program.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Two 8-week sessions: $14,341 
Three 8 week sessions: $14,341
Business Administration Year One: $18,803 
Business Administration Year Two: $18,803

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

Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for Winter 2021 open March 30, 2020 until the program start date.
Term Program start
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Winter 2021 March 8, 2021
    How to apply

    Program Details

    English Language Foundations and Business Administration Plus is a new admission option that allows international applicants who meet the academic requirements to the Business Administration diploma but do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements.

    How does it work?

    Qualified applicants will complete the ELF portion of their studies and upon completion of the appropriate ELF level 5 will transition to Business Administration program in the Fall 2021 term.

    Please note that depending on the ELF level new students are starting at, it may take them longer to successfully meet the required ELF level.

    How do I gain admission?

    Applicants must meet the published program admission requirements for the Business Administration Diploma program at the time of application. Applicants must present IELTS scores of at least 4.5

    Successful applicants will be offered to the Business Administration program for Fall 2021 with the condition that they achieve an ELF level 5.

    How do I apply?

    Applicants must apply for admission using ApplyAlberta and choose the “Intl English +Diploma” choice in the application type.

    Admission Requirements

    Admission and Selection

    • Applicants must meet the published program admission requirements for the Business Administration Diploma program at the time of application. Applicants must present IELTS scores of at least 4.5
    • Successful applicants will be offered to the Business Administration program for Fall 2021 with the condition that they achieve an ELF level 5.

    Get your documents assessed for admission

    Applicants who were educated outside of Canada require an international document assessment.

    Please submit your original English tests results and secondary school/ or post-secondary documents with certified English translations. Scan your original documents in colour.

    Please do not send us original documents, for any questions or technical issues when submitting your documents to us please contact inquiry@sait.ca. 

    Submit Educational Documents

    Direct entry: four-step process

    Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

    Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

    Step 3:  Apply to Business Administration and submit your transcripts and or final anticipated grades.

    • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

    Step 4: Continue to monitor changes to your  application status through mySAIT.ca

    If the student has an IELTS 5 or equivalent score, they will be offered a seat in the January intake for ELF: 

    • Start Date: Jan. 11, 2021

    If the student has and IELTS 5.5 or equivalent score, they will be offered a seat in the March intake for ELF:

    • Start Date: March 8, 2021

    Communication during selection

    Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add business@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages. 

    Courses

    Program outline

    Qualified applicants will complete the English Language Foundations portion of their studies and upon completion of the appropriate ELF level 5 will transition to Business Administration program in the Fall 2021 term.

    Please note that depending on the ELF level new students are starting at, it may take them longer to successfully meet the required ELF level.

    Course Code Course Name Credits
    COMN-151 Communications 1 3.0
    COMN-152 Communications 2 3.0
    COMN-153 Communications 3 3.0
    COMN-154 Communications 4 3.0
    COMN-155 Communications 5 3.0
    SPCH-151 Speech 1 3.0
    SPCH-152 Speech 2 3.0
    SPCH-153 Speech 3 3.0
    SPCH-154 Speech 4 3.0
    SPCH-155 Speech 5 3.0
    Total Credits 30.0

    Business Administration outline >

    Progression

    Level 1 (communications and speech) leads to level 2, which in turn leads to level 3, 4 and 5. However, students entering the program with a CLBA may begin at any point between levels 1-4 depending on their score. Students entering with IELTS, depending on their band score, may begin at any point between levels 1-5.

    Costs

    English Language Foundations*

    Sessions Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
    Three 8-week sessions $8,605 $682 $288 $460 $14,341
    Two 8-week sessions $5,736 $682 $288 $460 $14,341

    Business Administration Tuition*

    Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
    1 $17,373 $682 $288 $460 $18,803
    2 $17,373 $682 $288 $460 $18,803

    *For programs maximum see International fee table.

    SAIT Fees

    Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
    Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
    Student support fee: $100
    Student technology fee: $100

    Health and Dental Fees

    International Students 

    • Health and Dental Plan: $460
    • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

    Books and supplies*

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

    **Business Administration tuition and fees are not included in the cost for English Language Foundations.

    Contact 

    English Language Foundations
    403.210.4045
    english.language@sait.ca

    School of Business
    403.284.8485
    business.advising@sait.ca

    Inspiring Stories

    An advantageous meeting at a SAIT networking event lead Madilynn to a career opportunity with 2012 Outstanding Young Alumnus, Desmond Nwaerondu at Sunlife Financial. Madilynn says Desmond inspired her to attend the program in a video she viewed ahead of applying. She began working part-time with Nwaerondu during her second semester — a position that is now full-time. 

    Taking on roles as president of a business club and SAITSA Vice President, External, Garrett has fully immersed himself in student life. He's enjoyed the collaborative, inclusive environment on campus and feels his time at SAIT has really shown him his worth going into the workforce. He's continuing his studies in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program. 

    Cherobim wanted to work in the transportation and logistics field which led him to the Supply Chain Management major. His biggest takeaway from his program was the industry tours which he felt gave him a bigger picture of the type of work he would be involved in upon graduation. 

    Smaller class sizes and more one-on-one time with instructors is what drew Ashley to the Business Administration program at SAIT. She plans to pursue her mutual funds license and become a Certified Financial Planner.

    Daniel's biggest takeaway from his program was building on his public speaking skills. 

    Having the option to complete her diploma then acquire some work experience before deciding whether to move onto the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program is what drew Sol to SAIT. 

    Catherine took advantage of SAIT's flexible learning options with evening and online courses to complete her Business Administration diploma. She enjoyed being able to fit her classwork into her schedule and work at her own pace. 

    Attending SAIT is a family tradition for Kayla — her parents and older brother also attended the institution. She felt a Marketing focus in Business Administration would help her tap into her creative side in her career. 

    Kaylin didn't enter her Business Administration diploma with a focus in mind, but quickly discovered Supply Chain Management was the field for her while she learned more about it during her first year. She hopes her career in Supply Chain Management will help her travel the world. 

    Chad plans to transfer into SAIT's Bachelor of Business Administration degree program to continue his studies. 

    After graduation, Ashley secured a position with Calgary's Meals on Wheels as a Human Resources assistant. She would like to remain in the non-profit industry, fostering positive work experiences for her colleagues. 

    Ross liked the focus of the program that he says was concise and covered exactly what he needed to know through both theory and hands-on learning.

    Working while going to school was important to Ninar who appreciated SAIT gave her the flexible schedule she needed.

    SAIT's reputation for applied learning was behind Juan's decision to attend. With a job secured before graduation, he could immediately translate his skills from school right to his work.

    After the two-year program, Josh graduated with a "good knowledge base" and an eagerness to work his way up the career ladder.

    From the first day, Sarah felt welcomed on the grounds and in her classes. On graduating, she says she knows the workforce will be just as welcoming considering her alma mater.

    International student Cedrine appreciated how her instructors have worked in many different fields and brought that varied expertise to the classroom.

    In an industry where everything is constantly changing due to social media and other marketing streams, Danielle valued the material used in her program was up-to-date.

    Madilynn Cederberg-Ianni
    Business Administration (Financial Services major) | 2018

    "I went to a networking event here at SAIT and Desmond Nwaerondu (BA '12) was one of the speakers there. I spoke to him and he gave me his business card," she says. "I now work for him as his assistant." 

    Garrett Koehler
    Business Administration (Human Resources major) | 2018

    "Being in a culture that encouraged me to look for and seek new opportunities has put me into the place I am now," he says. "I'm very glad I went here." 

    Cherobim Deala
    Business Administration (Supply Chain Management major) | 2018

    "I believe SAIT is one of the best schools in Calgary," he says. "The technology and hands-on learning is pretty cool and awesome. Our teachers are more experienced in their field and that motivates us to work harder." 

    Ashley Mah
    Business Administration (Financial Services major) | 2018

    "I had a good experience at SAIT," she says. "I liked the diversity of all the different types of people. It's a happy atmosphere." 

    Daniel Powers
    Business Administration (Marketing major) | 2018

    "I liked the group work a lot. We did a project for Big Rock Brewery," he says. "You have to come up with a flavour for the beer and design for the bottle. That was my favourite part." 

    Sol Digaoan
    Business Administration (Financial Services major) | 2018

    "I got an offer at an insurance agency so I'm going to give that a try," she says. "I volunteered for them last year." 

    Catherine White
    Business Administration (Accounting major) | 2018

    "I've been working in accounting for a long time, but wanted to fill in the holes and take courses that helped me understand more," she says. "I've gotten a few opportunities at work that I might not have had if I hadn't taken these courses." 

    Kayla Schwartzenberger
    Business Administration (Marketing major) | 2018

    "I like the hands-on experience that we get — real world applications that we get in the program doing our projects with actual companies," she says. "I found that really interesting and more applicable to the work world." 

    Kaylin Martinsen
    Business Administration (Supply Chain Management major) | 2018

    "I'm hoping with my supply chain management knowledge I can get into the music industry in an area like music store supply or doing concert venues or Calgary Stampede show band — moving them around the world," she says. 

    Chad Visser
    Business Administration (Management major) | 2018

    "It was nice to know every instructor knew your name rather than being another number on a page," he says. "You truly feel valued here." 

    Ashley Bosworth
    Business Administration (Human Resources major) | 2018

    "The teachers have actual experience in the workforce — they're not just professors," she says. "They tell us what we're getting into once we leave SAIT, so that's kind of nice." 

    Ross Gudwer
    Business Administration | 2017

    "It felt good to do mock presentations and mock business plans. It gave me an idea of what it's like in the workforce."

    Ninar Chaachouh
    Business Administration | 2017

    The small classes and combination of theory with practical knowledge was important. "It's better than lectures," she says.

    Juan Giraldo
    Business Administration | 2017

    "I was able to take everything I learned and apply it on a day-to-day basis," he says. "My growth and development through the program was life-changing."

    Josh Giesbrecht
    Business Administration | 2017

    "It has prepared me well to start."

    Sarah Pohl
    Business Administration | 2017

    "Being a grad from SAIT opens doors for you that other schools won't."

    Cedrine Hauenstein
    Business Administration | 2017

    "They have lots of knowledge and can tell you how it'll be in the real world."

    Danielle Desjardins
    Business Administration | 2017

    "The material was current. You learned what's happening right now," she says. "For marketing, it's important to stay current."

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