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Welcome to SAIT!

Fall 2023 Orientation

📅 Monday, Aug. 28 - Friday, Sept. 1

SAIT is much more than programs and buildings; it's your community. Meet other SAIT students and chat with staff about all the support available. Plus, find out just how many ways there are to get involved in student life and everything you'll need to know for this year.

Several parts make up your orientation to SAIT:

1️⃣ ORNT118: Orientation is your program orientation. Find the date, time and location details for your scheduled time in your course schedule on mySAIT. You'll receive access details from your academic chair or program coordinator if it's online. 

2️⃣ Big SAIT Welcome is an on-campus event following program orientations with booths, games, food and music. Register for the day you can attend (check your email for the invite). Students in online programs are encouraged to attend too! Find out what's in store below. 

3️⃣ Are you an international or indigenous student? There will also be a specific orientation for you to resource on campus.

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Find all the information you need to prepare for your first day of classes.

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Big SAIT Welcome | Outdoors

Wednesday, Aug. 30 & Thursday, Aug. 31, 11 am - 2 pm, Heritage Hall

We’ve got an afternoon of fun, food and festivities planned to kick off Fall 2023. Come join us for:

  • info fair and campus tours
  • music, games and prizes
  • free lunch (vegetarian option available)

Plus, a chance to connect with your SAIT community and see our beautiful campus.

⏱ Deadline extended: Register to attend by Thursday, August 17 at midnight. Find the link in the invitation email in your inbox. Check your schedule in mySAIT for your ORNT118 program orientation details and register for the same date.


Additional orientations 

International Student Orientation

Event: International Student Orientation and Welcome Fair
Date: Aug. 28 and 29
Location: Irene Lewis Atrium in Stan Grad Centre

Don’t forget to register for the International Student Orientation this August and visit our Welcome Fair! It will be an engaging and valuable session designed to meet your needs as an international student. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with the staff of the International Centre and connect with fellow international students.

To accommodate everyone’s schedule, we are offering the International Student Orientation on two different days, Monday, August 28th and Tuesday, August 29th. Each day, we have organized two sessions. You can choose from a morning session from 9 – 11 am or an afternoon session from 1 – 3 pm. You only need to attend one orientation session.

We also encourage you to visit our Welcome Fair, which will take place at Macdonald Hall in Heritage Hall from 11 am – noon and learn how the community and on-campus services can support your student journey. If you attend the afternoon orientation session, we recommend arriving at least one hour earlier to visit the Welcome Fair.

If you are a Continuing Education and Professional Studies student, please register for the Afternoon orientation session on Tuesday, August 29th. All students who attend orientation will receive a SAIT welcome kit and other surprises!

To register, please find the link in our newsletter or email international@sait.ca. There is no need to register for Welcome Fair.

Indigenous Student Orientation

Oki, Aba Wathtech, Danit’ada, Tawnshi and Welcome Indigenous students!

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) is located in 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 Iyarhe Nakoda of Bearspaw, Chiniki and Goodstoney. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Mohkin’stsis” which we now call the City of Calgary. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

During orientation, you will be traditionally welcomed to campus by a Treaty 7 Elder in Natoysopoyiis (NN108).

You will meet the team of Indigenous student services professionals here to support you on your academic journey and learn about the resources available as an Indigenous student at SAIT, including tutors, advising, student success workshops, mental health supports, Elder and cultural engagement and much more.

A tour of the Lodge, followed by a light lunch, will wrap up our session.

An email with orientation details and staff contacts will be sent to you from chinook.lodge@sait.ca.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus and if you have any questions or need support before orientation, please email chinook.lodge@sait.ca.

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