New Students

Congrats! You're in! 

You're joining a community of shapers, makers and originals — people who are exceptionally skilled and love what they do. 

We know you'll have lots of questions before you start — here’s what you need to know to make your transition to SAIT an easy one.

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Plan ahead

✅ Accept your offer

You will be an accepted student after you accept your offer of admission through your admissions portal and pay the non-refundable tuition deposit

💵 Apply for student loans

If you're a domestic student, it's important to apply early for student loans so you have your funding in place before the tuition payment deadline. 

Apply for Alberta Student Loans at or through the student aid office in your province.

💻 Get your tech and supplies

Ensure you have the right computer hardware and software needed for your program, as well as any additional supplies, tools or uniforms. You'll find this information on the program page.

♿️ Accessibility and accommodations

Connect with an Accessibility Services advisor as soon as possible if you need classroom accommodations or support for a health condition or disability. They can also help with funding applications for adaptive equipment.

🗓 Register in your courses

All students will receive an email from SAIT when registration opens.

For the Spring 2024 intake, registration opens in February - March on different dates for each school. Find the registration opening date for your program.

To register, you'll choose a block of courses or individual courses as applicable to your program through mySAIT. Register early before your tuition payment deadline to secure a seat in your required courses.

Questions about registration? We've got you covered. Check out our common registration questions.

Apply for residence

Need a place to live while attending SAIT? Why not be within walking distance from all your classes! Check out SAIT Residence rooms, rates and plans.

SAIT Residence

After you've registered in classes

Keep track of important dates and deadlines

Keep track of all upcoming important dates as you prepare for your first day. Here are some notable ones you should be aware of.

  • Final transcript deadline: If you've been conditionally accepted to SAIT pending final grades (confirmation paid - documents required) don't forget final documents are due Monday, Apr. 1, 2024, for students beginning in the Spring 2024 term.
  • Tuition payment deadline: If your classes begin May. 6, 2024, your tuition is due by Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2024. If you begin another day, refer to this table to find your tuition payment due date.
  • Application deferrals and tuition transfer period: If you wish to defer your admission or transfer your tuition deposit to a different semester, you'll need to make the request by Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2024 (international students) or Monday, Apr. 15, 2024 (domestic students.)
  • Recognition of prior learning deadline: If you wish to receive credit for previous post-secondary courses you must apply by Friday, May. 17, 2024, to receive transfer credit and a refund for credited courses or the midpoint of the course to receive transfer credit only.

💵 Pay your tuition

Once you've registered for your classes, you'll see your tuition balance in your Account Summary on mySAIT under the myStudent tab.

There are many ways to pay your tuition and fees, including online banking, credit card and student loans.

📚 Get your textbooks

Find your list of textbooks through mySAIT or the SAIT Bookstore after you register for your courses. Order them four weeks before classes start to be ready for your first day. 

👍 Confirmation of enrolment letter

Some financial institutions may require a letter confirming your enrolment to release RESP funds. After registering for your classes, you can request enrollment confirmation through your mySAIT account. Your letter will be uploaded to MyCreds within five business days after submitting your request — look for an email from MyCreds when your letter is available.

If your financial institution requires us to sign a form, upload the appropriate forms and submit a ticket through our online support desk.

🇨🇦 Get your study permit

International students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada require a study permit issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to study in a program that is longer than six months.

Once you have received your confirmation or acceptance letter from SAIT and accompanying documentation for IRCC, you can start applying for your study permit.

💰 Apply for entrance awards

Entrance awards are available for new SAIT students starting their programs.

Complete an online application through your mySAIT account. Applications are open from Mar. 1 to Apr. 15, 2024, for students beginning in the Spring.

After you've paid your tuition

⚕️Confirm your health and dental coverage

SAIT's Students' Association (Saitsa) provides an affordable benefit plan to help full-time students attending SAIT. Domestic students can make changes to their plan, opt out if you have existing coverage, or add family members before the deadline. The period to make these changes is can be found here.

🏁 Complete SAIT Start

SAIT Start is an interactive introduction to all things SAIT. Prepare for the academic year ahead through a series of online modules covering academic success strategies, paying for your education, available support services, opportunities to get involved and taking care of your health and well-being.

∓ Add/drop classes

If you would like to add or drop a class, the period to do that for more programs is the first two weeks of the semester.

🪪 Get your eCard

Watch your email for instructions on submitting a photo of yourself for your online eCard. You'll learn more about when and how to use your eCard at orientation.

🚊 Access your UPass

A UPass gives eligible students unlimited access to Calgary Transit. Your UPass can be accessed directly on your mobile device through Calgary Transit's MyFare app.

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Attend orientation

Orientation for students beginning in Spring 2024 happens Friday, May. 3.

Explore some of what your new SAIT community offers at this event. Meet other SAIT students and learn about the support services available to you.

You'll likely also have a program-specific orientation to meet your new classmates and instructors and learn important information about your upcoming classes.

Orientation details

ℹ️ Attend info sessions and complete these prep courses

There will be info sessions for registration, student awards, how to get started at SAIT and how to get involved — plus a whole series just for international students.

PERS 050 Student Rights and Responsibilities

This mandatory course introduces you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT.

You'll learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for engaging in the SAIT community positively and responsibly.

You'll engage in several learning activities, including readings, videos, activities and assessments.

We encourage you to make the most of this opportunity! The more you participate, the more you'll take away and the better prepared you'll be for success at SAIT.

PERS 050 will be available through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

PREP 100 The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online.

You'll be registered in PREP 100 automatically, and course completion is recommended.

PREP 100 will be available through Brightspace (D2L) coming soon.

MATH 123: Math Refresher

SAIT offers a free online course to help you prepare for MATH 238. Give your math skills a boost, refresh some of the basics and get ready for calculus with a review of algebra, geometry, functions and graphs, trigonometry, exponents, systems of equations and more.

This course is self-paced and will be accessible through Brightspace between the dates indicated below after you register. The instructor will also be available for questions throughout the course period. Registration coming soon.

Pro-tip: #HereAtSAIT

Follow us on all our social media channels for updates on everything you need to know while studying here!

👋 Get involved in your new SAIT community

Find a student club, check in with the International Centre, participate in the SAIT Insights Research Community, build your Co-Curricular Recognition, connect with Pride at SAIT, and lots more.

Good luck with your studies! Once you start at SAIT, watch your inbox for your weekly SAIT Update — it’s packed with reminders, important dates and news you can use — add your SAIT email to your phone and you won’t miss a thing.

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