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Length: Maximum of 30 credits Delivery: Classroom or Online

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All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Spring and Summer 2021 terms due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.
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Overview

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.

Credentials

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.

Cost per course*

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

1.5 credit course (International): $1,011.15
3.0 credit course (International): $2,022.30

1.5 credit course: $317.79
3.0 credit course: $635.58

1.5 credit course (International): $1011.15
3.0 credit course (International): $2022.30

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

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

Costs
Tuition and financial aid

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.

Space is limited, so apply early!

When can you apply? 

  • Applications for spring, summer and fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change.
  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021, until the program start date.
Term Program start
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021
Summer 2021 July 5, 2021
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022

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

  • Spring, summer or fall 2021 start: applications open Oct. 7, 2020.
  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021.

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.

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.

Courses

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.

Course Code COURSE NAME PRE-REQUISITES CREDITS
ANPH-209 Anatomy & Physiology None 3.0
ANPH-220 Anatomy and Applied Terminology None 3.0
BIOL-2220 Organisms and their Relationships None 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-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
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
DYNA-265 Dynamics 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
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
LIBR-200
Introduction to Libraries
None 1.5
LIBR-235 Library Information Services I LIBR 200 3.0
LIBR-251 Integrated Library Technology COMP 220 and LIBR 200 3.0
LIBR-260 Collection Development for Adults LIBR 200 1.5
LIBR-297 Library Operations LIBR 200 3.0
LIBR-315 Services Children and Young Adults LIBR 200 1.5
LIBR-330 Storytelling LIBR 200 1.5
LIBR-335 Library Information Services II LIBR 235 3.0
LIBR-349 Library and Information Technology Project I LIBR 200 1.5
LIBR-351 Public Libraries LIBR 200 1.5
LIBR-399 Library and Information Technology Project II LIBR 200 1.5
MATH-1011 Technical Mathematics l MATH 20-1 3.0
MATH-237 Mathematics for Technologists None 3.0
MATH-238 Math for Engineering & Tech l MATH 30-1 3.0
MATH-280 Calculus for Technologists MATH-237 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
MEDL-354 Medical Laboratory Technology Quality Management None 1.5
MGMT-244 Fundamentals of Information and Records Management None 3.0
MKTG-360 Library Marketing LIBR 200 and LIBR 297 1.5
MMGT-350 Information Management Administration LIBR 200 or MGMT 244 3.0
OGPA-210 Introduction to the Oil and Gas Industry None 3.0
PATH-242 Pathophysiology I None 3.0
PATH-252 Pathophysiology II ANPH 220 and PATH 242
3.0
PHIL-241 Critical Thinking None 3.0
PHIL-3010 Ethics None 3.0
PHYS-235 Engineering Physics MATH 30-1 1.5
PREP-200 Academic Preparation and Career Exploration ENGL 30-1 3.0
PROF-201 Professional Practice 1 None 3.0
PROF-240 Healthcare Professionalism None 1.5
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
STAT-3110 Statistics for Science and Engineering MATH-1110 or
MATH-1111
3.0
STCS-242 Structural Statics None 1.5
STCS-255 Engineering Statics   PHYS 20 1.5

Costs

The following costs are based on a single 1.5 or 3.0 credit course. Additional fees including health and dental are assessed based on the course delivery and the number of courses taken at a time. 

2020/21 Domestic cost per course

Course Credits Course cost
1.5 $288.90
3.0 $577.80

2020/21 International cost per course

Course Credits Course cost
1.5 $1011.15
3.0 $2022.30

SAIT Fees

The following fees are based on a two-semester full course load structure. Fees for part-time programs will be assessed based on the number of courses taken within a semester.

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

SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA) fee: $287.77

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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

2021/22 Domestic cost per course

Course Credits Course cost
1.5 $317.79
3.0 $635.58

2021/22 International cost per course

Course Credits Course cost
1.5 $1,011.15
3.0 $2,022.30

SAIT Fees

The following fees are based on a two-semester full course load structure. Fees for part-time programs will be assessed based on the number of courses taken within a semester.

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - check eligibility
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA) fee: $287.77

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
  • 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.

Spring and Summer 2021

Delivery 

All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Spring and Summer 2021 terms 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

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The spring and summer booklists will be available closer to the program start date.

Can't find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they're still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook is required this term.

Contact 

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

Academic chair

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

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

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

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

Open Studies
403.284.8923
open.studies@sait.ca

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