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Laptops and Technology

Hospitality Management and Travel and Tourism diploma programs are moving to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) format, beginning with the September 2017 intake. First year students are required to bring a laptop device that meets the specifications listed below. These guidelines do not apply to students enrolled in either program prior to September 2017.

Please note: Mac laptops do not meet the program requirements.

Minimum Requirements


  • Minimum Intel I5 processor
  • 500 GB Hard Drive
  • 6 GB RAM
  • Minimum resolution of 1280 X 720
  • Wireless 802.11 adaptor
  • Ethernet port or adaptor and cable
  • Windows 7 or higher (required due to software requirements)
  • Internal or external DVD drive is recommended for textbook software
  • The minimum expected cost for these hardware requirements will range from $600 - $800


  • Windows 7 or 8.1 or higher operating system
  • Up-to-date Antivirus and Mal Ware software protection
  • Office 365 is available for free to all SAIT first year students. You will need a valid SAIT email address. 
  • Program specific software is included with textbook purchases. 

What you need to know:

  • You are responsible for bringing a laptop that meets the minimum hardware requirements and an operating system as outlined above.  
  • You are responsible for ensuring your device is in good working order for all classes, exams and other assessments.
  • You will have access to the software you need for your classes through SAIT and/or your textbooks.

Technical Support

Technical support is available for general troubleshooting, including:

  • Access to SAIT's wireless network, storage and printing
  • Assistance with some basic troubleshooting of anti-virus or hardware issues
  • For resources such as D2L and MySAIT.ca 

Phone: 403.284.8307
Email: HT.TechnicalSupport@sait.ca
Location: Room G230, E.H. Crandell Building

Service Desk Hours

Sept. 1 to June 30

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 7 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday: closed

*Hours subject to change

Summer Hours

July and August

Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday: closed

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