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Bring Your Own Device

Students in the Hospitality Management and Travel and Tourism programs, Transportation programs — Automotive Service Technology, Business Administration - Automotive Management — as well as School of Business programs are required to bring their own laptop to use as part of their studies. 

You are responsible for ensuring your device is in good working order for all classes, exams and assignments and it must meet the minimum hardware and software specifications.

If you are a student in the School of Information and Communications Technologies, your laptop specifications will be listed specifically on your program page. 

Hardware Software
  • Minimum Intel I5 or AMD A8 processor
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • 6 GB RAM
  • Minimum resolution of 1280 X 720
  • Wireless 802.11 adaptor
  • Ethernet port or adaptor
  • Internal or external DVD drive is recommended for textbook software
  • The minimum expected cost for hardware requirements will range from $600 - $800
  • Windows 7 or higher operating system (required due to software requirements)
  • Up-to-date Antivirus and MalWare software protection
  • Office 365 is available to BYOD students one week prior to the start of the fall semester. You will need a valid SAIT email address. 
  • North American versions of Windows operating systems are required.
  • Program specific software is included with textbook purchases

MacBook laptops do not meet the minimum requirements

There are a number of software applications throughout our programs that are not available for Apple products. Microsoft Project, Microsoft Access and some tax software packages are a few examples.

MacBooks were piloted in the fall of 2015, but the devices encountered more problems in the classrooms and resulted in lower success rates for the students using them. There was also a significant impact on the pace of learning for the instructors and other students in the class. After completing surveys and focus group sessions with students and faculty, a decision was made to go with Windows-based laptops only. 

Technical support

Technical support is available for general troubleshooting:

  • access to SAIT's wireless network, storage and printing;
  • assistance with some basic troubleshooting of anti-virus or hardware issues; and
  • for resources such as Brightspace (D2L), mySAIT and much more.

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