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Open Studies

Open for Fall 2020 (November classes)

Open for Winter 2021

Length: Maximum of 30 credits Delivery: Part Time Classroom or Online

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All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.


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 focus their studies in one discipline area that interests them 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.

Is this program the right fit for me?

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 counselling services
  • review course listings and prepare for courses you are taking. 

English language proficiency

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. 

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 the 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.


No credential is awarded in Open Studies. Credits obtained in this program may be applied towards credentialed programs at SAIT.

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Career opportunities

Complete Open Studies courses in order to get a head start on your education, to reduce course load once in a credentialed program or to determine which career path best suits you.

You may also take courses for general interest or for personal or professional development.

Tuition and fees*

1.5 credit course:  $ 288.90
3.0 credit course:  $ 577.80


1.5 credit course:  $ 1011.15
3.0 credit course:  $ 2022.30

All courses will be charged ancillary fees regardless of the delivery method.

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

Tuition and financial aid


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!

When can you apply? 

  • Applications for Winter 2021 open March 30, 2020, until the program start date.
Term Program start
Summer 2020 July 6, 2020
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Fall 2020 Nov. 2, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

Why choose SAIT?

SAIT will focus on your future. Begin in Open Studies and explore curriculum from programs in our eight academic schools — business, construction, energy, health and public safety, hospitality and tourism, information and communications technologies, manufacturing and automation and transportation.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Applications are open until the program start date.
  • 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.


Note: To register in the following courses, students must be admitted into either the Open Studies Program or in another main academic program at SAIT.

To find the description for the courses shown below, please go to our course finder.

ANPH-209 Anatomy & Physiology None 3.0
ANPH-220 Anatomy and Applied Terminology None 3.0
ARCH-253 Building Structures None 1.5
BMAT-230 Business Mathematics MATH 20-1, 30-2 or better 3.0
CNST-249 Concrete and Soil Basics  None 1.5
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-288 Technical Communications II COMM 238 3.0
COMM-352 Communicating in the Workplace None 1.5
COMM-405 Industrial Communications None 3.0
COMM-415 Professional Communications None 1.5
COMN-220 Communication and Presentation Skills   ENGL 30-1 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
DYNA-265 Dynamics None 1.5
ENGD-214 Digital Drafting Nones 3.0
ENGL-205 Grammar and Proofreading ENGL 30-1 3.0
ENGL-220 Advanced Engineering Drafting None 3.0
ENGD-221 Topographical Drafting Nones 1.5
ENGL-3370 Comparative World Literature   Either COMN 220 or COMM 1070 3.0
GEOS-409 GIS Data Capture I None 3.0
GEOS-410 GIS Data Manipulation and Transformation None 3.0
GEOS-418 GIS Data Modelling GEOS 409 and GEOS 410 3.0
GEOS-419 GIS Data Analysis and Output GEOS 409 and GEOS 410 3.0
HILA-200 Health Information Law I None 1.5
INFC-215  Infection Prevention & Control None 1.5
MATH-1011 Technical Mathematics l MATH 20-1 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 I None 1.5
MEDT-250 Medical Terminology II ANPH 220 or MEDT 211 and ANPH 209 1.5
PATH-242 Pathophysiology I None 3.0
PATH-252 Pathophysiology II ANPH 220 and PATH 242
PHIL-241 Critical Thinking None 3.0
PHYS-235 Engineering Physics MATH 30-1 1.5
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
SMTL-246 Strength of Materials None 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


Please note: All courses will be charged ancillary fees regardless of delivery method.

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Credit Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1.5 $ 288.90 - - - $ 288.90
3.0 $ 577.80 - - - $ 577.80

International Tuition and Fees*

Credit Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1.5 $ 1011.15 - - - $ 1011.15
3.0 $ 2022.30 - - - $ 2022.30

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

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Fall 2020


All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an open registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and you speak with your instructor.


Phone: 403.284.8923
Email: open.studies@sait.ca

Academic chair

Sandie Cheney, Academic Chair
Email:  sandie.cheney@sait.ca

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