Recognized as one of the leading Ayurveda Schools and Ayurvedic Health Spas outside of India.
Recognized as one of the leading Ayurveda Schools and Ayurvedic Health Spas outside of India.

Admissions & Application

Application Procedure

All applicants for these programs must submit a completed application packet.

  • Ayurvedic Studies Program 1 (ASP1)
  • Ayurvedic Studies Program 2 (ASP2)
  • Pune Gurukula Clinical Program
  • Pune Panchakarma Therapist Training Program
  • Continuing Education and Professional
  • Development Online Courses

The applications can be downloaded from our website links below or requested from the Student Services Coordinator at (505) 291-9698, extension 126, or studentservices@ayurveda.com

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Additional Information

International Students

To process your application, we will need a copy of your passport and proof of funds covering your school and living expenses, dated 60 days prior to your application date.

If you are accepted into our program, our school will then issue you an I-20 form in the mail.

Upon receiving the I-20 from us, please pay your SEVIS I-901 fee at fmjfee.com. Then make an M-1 visa appointment at the US consulate, which may require payment of a visa application fee to the Department of State.

Take the I-901 fee receipt, visa application fee receipt, your I-20, passport, acceptance letter, and financial documentation to your visa appointment. Visit the website of the US consulate where your appointment takes place for a complete list of documents required to take to your visa appointment.

Our experience with this process is “the earlier you begin, the better.” Earlier allows you to have more time for planning and preparing to be here.

Veterans Administration Benefits

The Ayurvedic Studies Program (Levels 1 and 2) at The Ayurvedic Institute is approved by the New Mexico State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (SAA) for eligible students to receive education benefits from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. These students are required to abide by the policies of the Ayurvedic Institute and the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

VA students' records must have previous education and training, including a Joint Services Transcript.

Evaluation of progress of VA students will be conducted by the Institute’s evaluation policy schedule. In order for a student to be considered making satisfactory progress, the student must meet both attendance and academic minimum requirements in each trimester as per our Student Handbook. If the student is failing to meet minimum requirements in either academics or attendance upon evaluation, the student will be determined to not be making satisfactory progress and the VA education benefits will be suspended (by the Institute’s certifying official submitting a 22-1999b).

Reinstatement of a VA student’s educational benefits: If, 30 days after suspension of a VA student’s educational benefits, the student is meeting the minimum academic and attendance requirements, the education benefits will be re-instated by the Institute’s certifying official by submitting a 22-1999.

Refund Policy for VA Students
It is understood and agreed that the following refund policy will be applied to veterans and other eligible persons: In the event the veteran or other eligible person fails to enter the course, or withdraws, or is discontinued therefrom at any time prior to completion of the approved program length for VA students, the amount charged to the student for tuition, fees, and other charges for the completed portion of the course shall not exceed $10 (only if a registration fee is charged) plus the pro rata portion of the total charges for tuition, fees, and other charges that the length of the completed portion of the course bears to its total length. The completed portion is the total number of days the student was scheduled to attend (from first to last date of attendance) multiplied by the scheduled hours of attendance per day. Refunds will be totally consummated within the thirty (30) days after termination.

Further details available at gibill.va.gov

Licensing and Credentials

The oldest Ayurvedic school in the USA, 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 Ayurvedic Institute as a private post-secondary institution. This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students. (See International Students above)

ASP1 and ASP2 graduates meet NAMA’s requirements for professional membership. The Ayurvedic Institute is a National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) member school and has been recognized as providing professional training at the professional membership level. Our Ayurvedic Studies Program, Levels 1 and 2, meet the requirements of the Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Ayurvedic Practitioner levels respectively. More information is available at AyurvedaNAMA.org

PACE (Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education) Programs are NAMA-approved continuing education programs for Ayurvedic Professionals. NAMA Professional Members are required to complete a number of Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education (PACE) credits every two (2) years to maintain their certification as a NAMA-certified Ayurvedic Professional. The Ayurvedic Institute offers several PACE Programs including our seminars, webinars and intensives as well as our Pune Gurukula programs for 2015 and 2016.

The Ayurvedic Institute’s ASP1 and ASP2 elective Ayuryoga Teacher Trainings meet the standards of curriculum developed by Yoga Alliance (YA). The Ayurvedic Institute is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) at the 500-hour level.

Financial Aid and Work-Study

The Ayurvedic Institute does not currently offer government-sponsored financial aid or other loan programs. The Ayurvedic Institute sponsors a small work-study program for which full time students may sign up and work in various opportunities throughout the academic year. These opportunities are designed to serve our on-campus Ayurvedic community. Work-study hours have no cash value and can only be used toward the student’s tuition balance or toward seminars and/or intensives. Work-study credit may not be used for products, herbs, or other services within the Institute.

Questions or complaints?

The Ayurvedic Institute does not discriminate in admissions, testing, financial aid or any other practice on the basis of gender, nationality, religion, age, or disability, in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.

People who have questions or complaints regarding the Ayurvedic Institute should first seek resolution directly with the party involved. If this does not resolve the issue, they should discuss it with the Dean of Education. If further actions are needed, the Administrator of The Ayurvedic Institute may review the issue. A response will be given to the student between three and ten days from the date of notification of the Dean of Education. If a question or complaint cannot be resolved within The Institute, student may contact the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) at 2048 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505, (505) 476-6500, or online at hed.state.nm.us

Complaint forms may be obtained from the NMHED at hed.state.nm.us/institutions/complaints.aspx. There will be no adverse action taken against the student for registering a complaint.

Full-Time Student Benefits

The Ayurvedic Institute offers the following discounts to full-time ASP 1 and 2 students:

  • 20% discount in our school store
  • 20% discount on weekend seminars and week-long summer intensives
  • 20% discount on available lectures and recordings of Vasant Lad
  • 20% discount on panchakarma treatments and therapies.
  • Access to check out books in our comprehensive Ayurvedic library
  • A one year Ayurvedic Institute membership and a subscription to our quarterly journal, Ayurveda Today
  • One consultation appointment with Vasant Lad per year