Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Location Calgary
Established 1916
Famous For Hospitality and Tourism


The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) is a speciality polytechnic institute located in Calgary, Canada. It is Calgary’s second oldest post-secondary institution and is the country’s first publicly funded technical educational institution. It was founded in 1916 with 11 students, with the mandate to train veterans returning from the First World War.

Today SAIT offers more than 110 career programs at various levels in technology, trades and business domains. The education at SAIT is action-based and the research is solution focused. The industry partnerships (more than 11,000) that the institute has makes it easy for the students to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, inventors and pioneers. The students at SAIT are equipped with career-building essential skills that make them ready for the industry. 

The institute delivers skill-oriented education through its nine schools:

  • School of Business
  • School of Construction
  • MacPhail School of Energy
  • School of Health and Public Safety
  • School of Information and Communications Technologies
  • School of Hospitality and Tourism
  • School of Manufacturing and Automation
  • School of Advanced Digital Technology
  • School of Transportation

Services for International Students

SAIT attracts students from more than 150 countries who come to gain knowledge and hands-on training through the various programs at the institute. Bringing the best resources to students for their academic growth and career development, SAIT has gained the reputation of being a leader in action-based learning.

The International Students have access to SAIT’s International Centre, from where they can get all the relevant information and support to easily transition to a new life in a new country. The International Student Guide is a comprehensive document that covers all aspects of life in SAIT and Calgary.


SAIT was one of three Canadian schools to make the top 100 of CEOWORLD Magazine's Best Business Schools in the World for 2021, while the SAIT School of Hospitality and Tourism was also ranked 1st in Canada in a CEOWORLD Magazine 2021 ranking.


Residence options available to students at SAIT include two modern high rises which are located in the northeast corner of the main campus.

Students are given a lifestyle and privacy that provides them with the perfect environment to have a fulfilling stay. A robust residence community that has 24-hour campus security is always there for the students who get individual agreements based on their specific program dates. The residence also has dedicated study areas, and the interested candidates can also get employment opportunities. The campus has various eatery options as well.

About Location

SAIT's main campus is located on 16 Avenue NW, which overlooks the downtown core of Calgary. The institute also has three other campuses in Calgary: the Mayland Heights located on Centre Avenue, the Culinary Campus, located on Stephen Avenue and the Art Smith Aero Centre situated on 17 acres of land of the Calgary International Airport. 

Calgary is a beautiful and welcoming city that is also the largest in the province of Alberta. It is one of the safest cities in Canada and is famous for its high quality of living that is driven by the modern infrastructure as well as the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains, which are quite close to the city. The nearest airport to the campus is the Calgary International Airport which is just 17km away.

About Location

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  • Roy Kiyooka- Officer of the Order of Canada and Artist
  • Paul Landry- Polar Explorer
  • Colin Low- Filmmaker
  • Shane Lust- Hockey Player
  • John Nursall- Film and TV Writer and Producer
  • Jackson Proskow- Television Newsperson
  • Barry McFarland- Politician

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