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Saskatchewan Polytechnic



Saskatchewan Polytechnic is located in Saskatchewan, a region which is often referred to as Canada's ‘Land of Living Skies'. International students from all over the globe study at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, either on campus or online.

The institution has campuses in Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and Regina and is part of Polytechnics Canada along with 12 other research-intensive, industry-responsive institutions.

Students can choose from undergraduate degree/postgraduate certificates and diplomas which are designed to improve the economic and public sectors. They are provided with industry knowledge and are shown how to develop business skills. 93 percent of students said they were ‘satisfied to very satisfied' with the quality of their programs.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is dedicated to supporting its international students. There are a number of scholarships and bursaries offered per year, totalling over CAD 2 million. The international student advisor team supports students throughout their studies, assisting with academic, language and personal needs.

Students can pick from homestays, residential or private housing for accommodation. They can also enjoy a range of clubs and social activities organized by the Students' Association, where there are many events and sports facilities provided across each campus.

The Student Employment Service ensures a collaborative education and works closely with employers. Students can take advantage of careers fairs and the strong global alumni network which has many valuable partnerships.

94 percent of students in the labour force are employed within the first year of graduating. This is because businesses are on the lookout for innovative and ambitious individuals who can bring new ideas to improve industries and technologies.

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What's new

Award winning sustainability project

Saskatchewan Polytechnic instructor Ramon Ricafort started an applied research project that aims to find the best ways to reuse plastics made from polyethylene terephthalate. The project was recognized for its pioneering nature and won a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Saskatchewan Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Award. The project will continue its work and is supported, as well as funded, by the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Office of Applied Research and Innovation.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic joins digital cluster

The institution has become part of the Digital Technology Supercluster to work on a project called Project Looking Glass. The project aims to support government and industry to use COVID-19 data to assess risk in public policy and practice. The primary objective is to use evidence to inform decision making for the maximum benefit of citizens and ensuring the continued protection of their health.

Students in line for professional designation

Students studying the Supply Chain Management postgraduate certificate course can now earn credits towards a professional accreditation with a Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation. The designation has been made possible by the partnership between the institution and Supply Chain Canada.

Human resources CPHR accreditation

The Business diploma in Human Resources at Saskatchewan Polytechnic is accredited as a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) program. Students on the course who achieve an average of 70 percent or above are exempt from having to sit for the National Knowledge Exam.

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Education quality

Those who choose to study at Saskatchewan Polytechnic will be provided with an industry-focused education that has a strong academic offering, invaluable industry connections and effective applied research.

Students will benefit from tailored and hands-on learning which focuses on developing an applied knowledge and skillset. They will learn marketable skills, be provided with industry-driven experience and discover how to succeed as a graduate in the professional world.

Educational Partners

Students can take advantage of Saskatchewan Polytechnic's academic partnership programs to institutions across Canada. Some partners include:

  • Memorial University
  • Cape Breton University
  • Royal Roads University
  • Vancouver Island University (VIU)
  • Queen's University
  • University of Regina
  • University of Saskatchewan

New programs

In light of the ever-changing nature of the job market Sask Polytech liaises with industry experts and academics to develop top-quality, dynamic new programs to produce graduates of high expertise. New qualifications include:

  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Level 1 and 2
  • Post-graduate certificates
  1. Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics
  2. Business Accountancy
  3. Business Management
  4. Cloud Computing and Blockchain
  5. Cyber Security
  6. Entrepreneurships
  7. Financial Services
  8. Project Management
  9. Software Developer
  10. Supply Chain Management
  11. Software Developer
  12. Technology Management
  • Bachelor of Construction Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Management

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There are ten schools across each of Saskatchewan Polytechnic's four campuses, with international students in more than 80 different programs.

School of Business

There are a range of programs which cover accountancy, administration, financial services, human resources, insurance and marketing.

School of Construction

Students will be able to choose from a program in an area such as bricklaying, carpentry or architectural technologies.

School of Health Sciences

Students will learn how to join the high-in-demand workforce of skilled healthcare workers.

School of Hospitality and Tourism

The school provides hospitality and tourism programs, covering areas including institutional cooking, and hotel and restaurant management.

School of Human Services and Community Safety

The school helps students learn how to contribute to certain issues in society through programs ranging from a diploma in Early Childhood Education to a certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

School of Information and Communications Technology

Students can choose from industry-focused programs in areas such as media production and digital graphic design.

School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing

Students will be given a practical and modern educational experience. Several programs include an applied research project where theory can be applied to real-world issues.

School of Natural Resources and Built Environment

Those who want to improve the natural or built environments can enjoy programs in areas including bioscience technology, civil engineering integrated resource management.

School of Nursing

Small, interactive class sizes with a large faculty means that students can prepare for a successful career. They learn in simulation centres with mannequins, cameras, hospital scenarios, and assessment and control rooms.

School of Transportation

Students will gain a technical education working in modern facilities. They'll also benefit from rich industry experience.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Admission requirements are specific to each program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Students will need an equivalent to a minimum of a Saskatchewan grade 12 from a recognized institution.

The majority of programs use the First Qualified, First Admitted (FQFA) application method. Therefore, students who apply for a program early enough in advance will have more chance of getting a place on a program.

Programs can only take a certain number of students and places are in high demand, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as they can. Applications open in October for programs beginning in September and January (for the next academic year).

For programs that begin in January, students are recommended to apply before the previous May.

Students will also need to meet the English language requirements. All programs require an IELTS score of at least 6.5, or equivalent.

EAP program

Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives students the opportunity to develop and strengthen their English language skills through their newly developed English for Success courses. The courses assist students to improve their language test scores and meet the English language entry requirement for Sask Polytech programs.

Upon successful completion of English for Success Level 2, students will meet the English language entrance requirements for their chosen Sask Polytech program. The program is for international applicants who:

  • Are applying to a First Qualified First Admitted (FQFA) Sask Polytech post-secondary program.
    • Note: English for Academic Purposes is not an option for students applying to Bachelor of Nursing (BScN), Practical Nursing or Power Engineering.
  • Meet the admission requirements (except for the English Language Requirement) for the post-secondary program they are applying to.
  • Have an overall IELTS academic score (or other accepted equivalent) of at least 5.5, but less than 6.5.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Sask Polytech is well supported by donors and alumni, meaning that the institution offers around CAD 2 million each year in student awards and financial aid. International students have the opportunity to apply for a number of merit-based scholarships. These are primarily adjudicated on the basis of academic achievement and performance. Students are encouraged to explore the awards available and check their eligibility. There are currently no scholarships available for those applying to study at Sask Polytech for the first time. However, the achievement-based awards are offered throughout the duration of student's study at the institution.

In order to qualify for scholarships students must be enrolled for a Sask Polytech programme and have received confirmation of their enrolment. Students are able to use marks, which can be accessed after completing one semester, achieved in a Sask Polytech program in their application.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

  • 94 percent of Saskatchewan Polytechnic students who graduate and enter the workforce are employed within one year of graduating.
  • Employers hold graduates of Saskatchewan Polytechnic in high esteem, with around 95 percent saying that they would employ a Saskatchewan Polytechnic graduate again.
  • Through career fairs, industry networking events hosted on campus, and job postings targeted to specific programs, companies located throughout Western Canada regularly recruit graduates of Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
  • Presently, Co-operative Education can only be studied at the Moose Jaw campus as a part of the majority of business programs and all engineering technology programs. Students who complete a co-op work term are able to earn money and additionally practice their recently acquired skills in an industry environment, develop their professional network and also increase their chances of securing permanent employment after they graduate.

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Average cost of living in Canada

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