Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
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Tuition: $5,900.00  Students: 17,516
1301 - 16th Avenue NW
Calgary, AB      T2M 0L4
(877) 284-7248

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

The first publicly-funded technical institute in Canada, SAIT Polytechnic was founded in 1916 as the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (PITA). PITA focused on skills-oriented training, with courses designed to meet the practical needs of employers and students, a practice that continues to this day. In 1960, PITA was renamed the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and in 2004 it was rebranded as SAIT Polytechnic.

From apprenticeships to bachelor degrees, full-time to part-time, SAIT provides training to over 75,000 registrants each year. SAIT is proud to offer $3.9 million in awards to students in almost every SAIT ... ... continued below

About Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

... program. Awards are available to all qualifying SAIT students in recognition of academic success, financial need, community involvement and much more.

SAIT is a member of Polytechnics Canada, a national alliance of leading research-intensive, publicly-funded colleges and institutes of technology dedicated to helping colleges and industry create high-quality jobs for the future.

Campus: Facilities, Residence and Location

SAIT is situated in central Calgary, Alberta, overlooking the downtown core. It can be accessed via 16th Avenue (Highway 1), 14th Street NW and 10th Street NW. The Main Campus is also serviced by Calgary Transit’s north-south LRT line as well as several bus stops.

SAIT’s Main campus features 15 state-of-the-art buildings and facilities, including Heritage Hall, a national historic site and iconic symbol for SAIT and Calgary, the Trades and Technology Complex, the Campus Centre and Cohos Commons athletic field, and two modern high-rise residence buildings — the Begin Tower and East Hall. These facilities feature fully-furnished student units including all utilities (local phone, internet, cable, heat, electricity, water), recreation/study lounges, on-site laundry and 24-hour security. SAIT Residence is a member of Canadian Campus Communities.

In addition to Main Campus, the Institute has three other campus locations: Mayland Heights Campus (focuses on select programs in the School of Construction), Art Smith Aero Centre and the downtown Culinary Campus.

Student Services and Student Life

The Institute offers numerous services to support student success. Academic support services and facilities include:

1. Accessibility Services
2. Learning Skills and Tutoring
3. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
4. Testing Services
5. E-Learning Services
6. Transfer Options
7. Reg Erhart Library
8. SAIT Bookstore
9. Chinook Lodge Aboriginal Resource Centre
10. International Centre

SAIT promotes student wellness via Student Development and Counselling, on-campus health and dental clinics, 24-hour campus security and numerous recreation facilities and programs, including the aquatic centre, gym and fitness facilities, arena and the outdoor Cohos Commons athletic field.

SAIT is a member of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. The SAIT Trojans teams compete in six major sports including basketball, cross-country running, indoor track, hockey, soccer and volleyball. The SAIT Trojans also offer intramurals programs and club sports.

The SAIT Students’ Association (SAITSA) is a student owned and operated, not-for-profit group made up of the Students’ Legislative Council and Students’ Executive Council. These two student bodies, who are elected annually, work together as an advocate for students' rights. They also aim to enrich campus life with:

1. over 40 student clubs;
2. the Student Support Resource Centre;
3. on-campus employment opportunities;
4. student publications (The Weal, Student Handbook and Yearbook);
5. and events, contests and giveaways.

SAITSA operates the Gateway Restaurant and Bar, Odyssey Coffeehouse, Station Market and Station Express convenience stores, SAITSA Seconds Used Books and Lockers and SAITSA Catering. All revenue from these businesses goes directly towards student activities and services.

Academic Programs

SAIT offers 82 certificate, diploma and applied degree programs, 30-plus apprenticeship trades and over 1,600 continuing education, domestic and international corporate training, credit and non-credit courses in the fields of: Energy, Business, Construction, Health and Public Safety, Hospitality and Tourism, Information and Communications Technologies, Manufacturing and Automation, Transportation and English language training.

Off-Campus Living

SAIT Students’ Association offers off-campus housing services to students. Students can go their website for more information on available listings.

Calgary Information

Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta, Canada. Calgary's urban scene has changed considerably since the beginning of the city's rapid growth. It is also starting to become recognized as one of Canada's most diverse cities.

Calgary's downtown features an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars, cultural venues, shopping, and public squares such as Olympic Plaza. Downtown tourist attractions include the Calgary Zoo, the TELUS World of Science, the TELUS Convention Centre, the Chinatown district, the Glenbow Museum, the Calgary Tower, the Art Gallery of Calgary (AGC) and the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts.

Calgary has a semi-arid, highland continental climate with long, dry, but highly variable, winters and short, moderately warm summers. As a consequence of Calgary's high elevation and relative dryness, summer evenings can be very cool, the average summer minimum temperature drops to +8°C, and frosts can occur in any month of the year.


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