Dec 08, 2022  
PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog

Open Studies

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Program Description

In the Open Studies program, students choose from a wide range of credit courses to explore their interests and aptitudes, enabling better-informed program and career choices as they develop strong study skills and earn post-secondary credits. It offers students the flexibility to design their studies around multidisciplinary interests or to focus their studies in one discipline area that interests them the most. This program builds a well-rounded foundation for further education at SAIT with readily transferable courses.

The lesser of 50% of the credits within the credential being sought or a maximum of 30 credits can be applied from the Open Studies program to a future credential at SAIT.

Program Overview

Your Career

Complete Open Studies courses in order to get a head start on your education, to reduce course load once in a credential program, or to determine which career path best suits you. You may also take courses for general interest or for personal or professional development.

Student Success

To be successful in this program, you should:

  •    Invest your energy into your coursework and attend all your classes in a timely fashion. Students who attend all of their classes do better on assignments and tests.
  •    Access free SAIT student services such as tutoring, learning strategy workshops, appointments with a learning strategist, and student counselling services.
  •    Review course listings and be prepared for courses you are taking.

English Language Proficiency (ELP)
Open Studies students are more likely to be successful if they have an English language proficiency level that is appropriate for the courses in which they are enrolled. Most require a proficiency level equivalent to at least a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) score of 7 in all categories, or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 5 in all categories.


No credential is awarded in Open Studies, credits obtained in this program may be applied towards credentials programs at SAIT.


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

There are no Admission requirements for the Open Studies program.

Program Outline

Open Studies students can take up to two Academic Upgrading courses per semester while taking post-secondary level courses.

Total Credits 30

Program Outcomes

  1. Academic Readiness: Apply strategies to learn effectively, balance personal life, work, and academics, and manage stress/anxiety, while navigating a large organization/system.
  2. Self-Exploration: Identify personal interests, strengths, skills, and abilities to inform career choice.
  3. Career Exploration and Planning: Explore various career options through a career planning process.
  4. Foundational Skills: Develop foundational skills, such as math, communications, and technological literacy, required for a wide variety of careers.
  5. Technical Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Develop specialized, technical skills specific to a discipline or industry.

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