Admission & Registration

Application Procedure
Equal Opportunity Policy
Admission Policy
Transfer Credits
Admission Requirements
Registration Deadlines
  International Student Information
Veterans Administration Benefits
Accreditation, Recognition
Registration, Payment, and Refund Policies
Benefit Policies
Financial Aid, Work Study
Scholarship Programs

Application Procedure

All applicants for the Ayurvedic Studies Programs 1 and 2, and the Pune Gurukula Program must submit a completed application package. Applications can be downloaded here or requested from our office at (505) 291-9698, extension 0.

The application requirements include:

1) Student application completed in full.
2) Type-written, one-page response to the three essay questions, listed on the application.
3) Signed copy of the Student Agreement.
4) Completed Ayuryoga® Assessment form. (This is not required for the Pune Program.)
5)Personal resumé or curriculum vitae, including former job experience and education.
6)Recent personal 4 x 6 inch photo taken within the past year.
7)The $100 nonrefundable application fee.
8) Documents necessary to issue the I-20 form needed to obtain an M1 visa for international students.
 

 

We review and revise the programs in the spring of each year. Final information packages are then mailed to those who sent in their applications as well as to those newly inquiring.

Application package downloadYou may download the application package here as a PDF document.

You will need the free Acrobat Reader from Adobe to view and print the application form. Note: To use this form, download the form to your computer and save it on your computer. Close the form in your browser. Open Adobe Acrobat and then open the form that is saved on your computer. Fill out the form and save the completed form on your computer. You may email the completed form to the Registrar, with any other required documents.

Application package downloadYou may download the Ayuryoga®
Pre-Assessment form
here as a PDF document.

Equal Opportunity Policy

The Ayurvedic Institute does not discriminate in employment, admissions, testing, financial aid or any other practice on the basis of gender,

  race, nationality, religion, age or disability, in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.

Admission Policy

Acceptance into the program is based upon application review, phone, or personal interview, and on responses to essay questions. Applications are reviewed in order of receipt. Once the maximum number of students

 

have been accepted, subsequent approved applicants are placed on a waiting list. The Institute reserves the right to decline admission to anyone it determines is not suited for successful completion of its programs.


Transfer Credits for Admission into Programs

ASP 1 Students who have met the Anatomy and Physiology course requirement prior to attendance and wish to receive credit for the course will need to provide official written proof of: 1) current professional work in a medical discipline actively using knowledge of A & P and 2) a college level course of a minimum of 60 class hours in A&P taken within the last two years. If approved, an exemption will waive your attendance and course requirements. Some elements of this course work are covered during the oral exam. Every student may want to consider taking the A&P course as review.

ASP 2 Ayurvedic Institute ASP 1 students may directly apply to enter the ASP 2 program upon completion of their ASP 1 program. Transfer students are also welcome to apply. All interested applicants must be a graduate of a NAMA approved program meeting the new competency requirements for the Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Level 1. Acceptance is based on but not limited student application, a letter of referral from a former teacher, phone interview with the Dean of Education, and for all transfer students, an online Skype or in-person oral exam will be given for a nonrefundable fee of $250.00.

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Students who have met the Pathophysiology course requirement prior to attendance and wish to receive credit for the course will need to provide official written proof of: 1) current professional work in a medical discipline actively using knowledge of pathophysiology and 2) a college level course of a minimum of 60 class hours in pathophysiology within the last two years. If approved, an exemption will waive your attendance and course requirements. Some elements of this course work are covered during the oral exam. Every student may want to consider taking the Pathophysiology course as review.

ASP 2 requires a working knowledge of the Sanskrit alphabet, as well as the ability to read and write basic words in the Devanagari script. A fundamental understanding of grammar, such as visarga and vowel sandhi, is encouraged. The ability to read and write in the original script is paramount for the deeper mastery of Ayurveda. To ensure this, students are required to take the Sanskrit online course if they are not able to pass successfully the Sanskrit entrance exam.

The yoga requirement is an experiential knowledge of pranayama, asana, and meditation practices as prescribed by Vasant Lad and the Ayuryog® program.


Admission Requirements

As required by the New Mexico Higher Education Department, all applicants must hold a high school diploma, GED, or meet alternative test requirements. All applicants must be fluent in verbal and written English.

Registration for ASP Level 1
Although not required, some prior knowledge or study of Ayurveda, Anatomy and Physiology, Hatha yoga, Sanskrit, and other Vedic traditions will greatly enhance the understanding and comprehension of the program material

Registration for ASP Level 2
Applicants need to provide proof of a sufficient level of knowledge and practice to be successful in the ASP 2 program. The academic committee approves applicants upon review. The student must be a graduate of a NAMA approved program meeting the new competency requirements for the Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Level 1, including 60 hours of Anatomy and Physiology. Students are required to have a working knowledge of the Devanagari Sanskrit alphabet, know most Ayurvedic terminology in Sanskrit, and have a basic understanding of the most common medical terms.

 

Registration for Pune Gurukula Program
Invitations are extended to students who have completed the Ayurvedic Studies Programs 1 or 2 with Vasant Lad and applicants who have not studied directly with Vasant Lad, but have completed training with another National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) recognized Ayurvedic school. Considerations for participation are depth of Ayurvedic study, a personal description of why they desire to participate, and the number of contact hours they have studied with Vasant Lad.


 


Registration Deadlines

ASP Level 1
Class enrollment commonly reaches its capacity well before the beginning of the Ayurvedic Studies Program 1 in October of each year. Registration deadline is September 1 of the same year. International students are required to apply no later than ten weeks prior to the start of the program. Class size is limited to 45 participants.

If you have questions, call our Registrar at (505) 291-9698, Extension 126 or email registrar(at)ayurveda.com.

 

ASP Level 2
Registration deadline is September 1 for all US residence and international applicants are required to apply no later than ten weeks prior to the start of the program. Class size is limited to 25 participants, so early application is recommended. 

Pune Gurukula Program
Applicants are invited to apply in the spring of the year and registrations are on a first come, first served basis. The deadline for this program is October 31 of the same year and travel visas require 8 to 10 weeks for processing.


International Students

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

The following procedures are required for all international applicants in order to obtain an M1 visa from the US consulate in their country. International students must send the complete application package listed above. The prospective student needs to demonstrate proficiency in both verbal and written English. International students are advised that insufficient English skills may prohibit successful completion of the program.

They need to provide documentation proving the necessary funds to support themselves while attending school. Applicants must prove they can cover the full expense of tuition, fees and books as well as $1,000 US for each month they are here, as evidenced by a bank statement or letter from the student’s financial institution. Specific fees are listed on the application form. If someone else is sponsoring the student to attend school, the sponsor must provide a letter stating intention to support the student for the duration of the school year, as well as documentation from an employer or financial institution stating his or her ability to do so.

Proper documentation needs to be sent to the Ayurvedic Institute for approval before the registration deadlines listed.

 

Upon approval, The Ayurvedic Institute sends the I-20 form for the international student to apply for an I-94. The applicant then takes I-94 to his or her local US consulate to apply for the M1 student visa. The I-94 requires a $100 fee. This fee is mandated by and paid to the U.S. immigration services. Depending on the foreign country, the US consulate may require an additional processing fee.

International student applications and proof of funds will be accepted no later than ten weeks prior to the start of both Ayurvedic Studies Program to provide time for processing the I-20 and visa. The Ayurvedic Institute cannot guarantee that all governmental approvals will be completed in time for a student to participate. Applicants are personally responsible to arrange for their student visa to be approved in time for participation.

M1 students may enter the US no earlier than 30 days prior the beginning of the program and must exit no later than 30 days after conclusion of the program, as is stated on their I-20 form. Please note that the M1 student visa does not allow the student to work in the United States.

Early application is essential. Contact the Registrar for a complete information package.

Veterans Administration Benefits

The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services State Approving Agency has recognized the Institute as a provider of training for students eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill and other VA educational benefits. The Ayurvedic Institute is approved by the State of New Mexico’s Higher Education Department and the State of New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services to provide training for veterans and eligible persons under the following Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits:

 

Students receiving VA benefits are required to attend class full-time and to pursue a certificate of completion. Contact the Registrar’s office with any questions regarding the application process or your eligibility for VA educational benefits.

Students receiving VA benefits will receive refunds for tuition and registration fees according to both the VA’s and our refund schedule.

Further details available at www.gibill.va.gov


Accreditation, Recognition

The Ayurvedic Institute is organized as an educational, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

The State of New Mexico’s Higher Education Department has recognized and licensed the Institute as a private post-secondary institution.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has approved the Institute for attendance by non-immigrant students. We can issue foreign student (I-20) certificates to qualified applicants. (See International Students above)

The Ayurvedic Institute’s ASP 1 and ASP 2 optional Yoga Teacher Trainings meet the standards of curriculum developed by Yoga Alliance (YA). We are a Registered Yoga School (RYS) at the 500-hour level, Ayurvedic Institute ID #19894.

At this time, the Institute does not offer any degree programs but specific certificates are granted after successful completion of each level.


 

The National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) has recognized the Ayurvedic Institute’s ASP 1 and 2 programs as meeting NAMA’s requirements for professional membership since the standards were established. NAMA’s new professional membership categories and competencies will begin July 1, 2014.

The Ayurvedic Institute’s 2014-2015 ASP 1 program will meet or exceed the competency requirements for NAMA’s new professional membership Ayurvedic Health Counselor category.

The Ayurvedic Institute’s 2014-2015 ASP 2 program will meet or exceed the competency requirements for NAMA’s new professional membership Ayurvedic Practitioner category.

We expect that NAMA will recognize both programs as meeting the new competency requirements as soon as NAMA begins this process. In addition, we are confident that our graduates in the future will be prepared to pass successfully NAMA’s national competency exams, expected to begin sometime in 2016.


Registration, Payment, and Refund Policies

Prospective students applying for the Ayurvedic Studies Programs 1 and 2, and the Pune Gurukula Program are required to pay a non-refundable application fee, sent with their application package to hold their place in the application process. Application, clinic, and administration fees are not considered to be part of the tuition fees.

Once we have received the applicant’s completed application package (See application package) and the applicant has received official notification of approval to participate, the applicant has 72 hours in which they may withdraw from the class and receive a full refund of any tuition that has paid toward the program.

 

Tuition payments for all of the Institute’s programs must be paid in full before the beginning of the program or trimester, to be eligible for a Certificate of Completion in any program.

If a student should withdraw from any of the Institute’s programs or trimesters, the Institute retains a portion of the tuition, in addition to the full administration fee, according to our refund schedule.


Benefit Policies

The Ayurvedic Institute offers its members and students the following discounts:

Full time students of the Ayurvedic Studies Programs 1 and 2, whose fees and tuition are paid in full, are entitled to a 20% discount on products and weekend Seminars while enrolled in school and for the tuition of Intensives in the summer immediately following their school year. This discount does not apply to the Pune Gurukula program students. ASP 1 and 2 discounts begin one month prior to the beginning of the academic year and end one month following the end of the program.

 

Seniors, Institute members, and graduated students receive a 10% discount on products, weekend seminars, and summer intensives. Additional benefits will be discussed during orientation week.

These policies are subject to change without notice.

Financial Aid, Work-Study

The Ayurvedic Institute does not currently offer government-sponsored financial aid or other loan programs. Work-study jobs are available in limited number; however, they do not provide a substantial amount of earnings and cannot be counted upon to support the student’s endeavors to any great degree.

 

Work-study students earn credit toward future tuition for classes or special weekend and week-long seminars.

All students are given an equal chance to sign up for available positions during Orientation Week. Based upon student availability and experience, jobs are distributed on as fair a basis as possible.

Scholarship Programs

The Ayurvedic Institute Scholarship Program is intended for students who have proven to have the academic attitude and aptitude to complete the program the student is applying for but who does not have the financial means to pay in full for the completion of the full program.

  The scholarship provides $1,000 toward the 3rd trimester’s tuition to an ASP certificate student who meets the necessary requirements, which will be discussed during the 2nd trimester. This scholarship has no cash value. It can be used only for financial assistance toward tuition or books.
 
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