General Student Information
 
Student Assistance, Special Services

The Education Department, faculty, and staff are available to talk with and assist students in various matters. These include applying to the Institute, questions regarding the courses, and

 

opportunities for practicing Ayurveda in the United States. In our sincere effort to make our programs available to all, we will try our best to assist those students with special needs.

Housing & Estimated Student Expenses

The Institute does not have student lodging or cooking facilities, but there are many homes, apartments, motels, hotels, and restaurants within a few miles. Rental cars, the public bus system, taxis, car pooling, bicycles, and walking are all transportation options.

It is possible to live without a car in Albuquerque, as there is plenty of housing within walking and biking distance of the Institute as well as grocery stores, a library, and restaurants. However, for those who are accustomed to larger cities with extensive public transportation, the systems in Albuquerque will seem somewhat limited.

It is approximately a 25 minute drive from the Institute to the Albuquerque airport. 

Old Town, Albuquerque
 

 

Rental Housing. The Institute does not have student lodging or cooking facilities, but there are many homes, apartments, motels, hotels, and restaurants within a few miles. In Albuquerque, it is possible to rent a one-bedroom austere, unfurnished apartment starting at $550 per month. The average two-bedroom unfurnished apartment starts at $700 per month, and a three-bedroom house starts at $1,000. There are several apartment complexes within walking distance of the Institute. A limited number of area homes rent an extra bedroom to students. Upon acceptance into ASP, a suggested housing list will be sent to accepted applicants.

Living Expenses. Housing and living expenses in Albuquerque are estimated at $1,000 US per month. It is possible this amount could be higher or lower depending on lifestyle choices.

Tuition. Tuition for the Ayurvedic Studies Programs 1 and 2 does not include any optional courses such as Ayuryoga Teacher Training, weekend seminars, or summer intensives. Many international students use the 30 day grace period offered by the student visa to attend the summer intensives. Should students be interested in attending these optional courses, consideration for these expenses should be considered in budgeting for the year.  

Books and Materials. Please expect to pay approximately $650 for required textbooks. In addition to books, notebooks or other materials may need to be purchased.

Demographics

Students come to the Institute from all over the world for many different reasons and from many different professional backgrounds. Some come to study Ayurveda for use in professional practice and others for self-healing. Some are health care professionals, others are just beginning their professional careers, and some students have no health care background at all. To accommodate these

  differences the Institute offers a variety of Ayurvedic studies programs. These programs are rigorous enough to meet the needs of professionals wanting to incorporate Ayurvedic principles into their health care practice. The programs are also supportive to those interested in immersing themselves in an Ayurvedic atmosphere to facilitate adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle.

Life in Albuquerque

Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico. With a metropolitan area population of over 1,000,000 residents, Albuquerque ranks as the 32nd largest city in the U.S and is recognized as one of the most diverse cities in the country. It is home to the University of New Mexico, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Indian

 

Pueblo Cultural Center, Petroglyph National Monument and steeped in Route 66 history. The city is nestled between the towering Sandia Mountains to the East and ancient volcanoes to the West. In between lays the Rio Grande River Valley full of Native American history and towering oak trees.

Weather

Albuquerque’s climate is usually sunny and dry, with low relative humidity. The brilliant sunshine defines the region, averaging nearly 300 days of sun a year with four distinct seasons. Winters are rather brief; December and January daytime temperatures average 40 to 50 Fahrenheit, while the overnight lows drop into the 20s and 30s. Spring is usually windy yet warm and the driest part of the year, while

  summer is considered our wettest time of the year. Summer daytime highs are in the 90s, nights in the 60s to 70s. Most rain occurs during the summer monsoon season, typically starting in early July and ending in mid-September. The heat is moderated by low humidity and the afternoon showers. Fall welcomes warm days and cool nights with less rain.

Points of Interest

There is a variety of things to do in Albuquerque. Whether you are taking a hot-air balloon flight over the scenic Rio Grande Valley, mountain biking in the Sandia Mountains, or strolling through Old Town, you will find Albuquerque offers a real breath of fresh air.

Albuquerque is home to over 300 visual arts, music, dance, literary, film, ethnic and craft organizations, festivals, and associations. Albuquerque also has many museums, galleries, shops, and other points of interest including the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, Albuquerque Biological Park, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and the Museum of Natural History and Science. The majority of locally owned boutiques and fine dining establishments are scattered throughout Downtown, Old Town, Nob Hill and ABQ

 

Uptown. Historic Old Town has been the heart of Albuquerque since the city was founded in 1706. Today, Old Town is the city’s cultural center, with five museums and more than 100 shops, galleries, and restaurants. ABQ Uptown is an up and coming location that offers upscale yet relaxed open-air lifestyle shopping, entertainment, and dining.

Albuquerque has numerous city parks, bike paths, and hiking areas scattered throughout the metro area. With an extensive web of safe, paved bike trails throughout the city and a network of mountain biking trails in the Sandia and Manzano foothills, Albuquerque consistently ranks as one of the “best places to bike” in the nation. Many outdoor enthusiasts also enjoy hiking in the mountains or along the Rio Grande River on the Bosque trail.

Getting Around ABQ

Rental cars, the public bus system, taxis, car pooling, bicycles, and walking are all transportation options. It is possible to live without a car in Albuquerque, as there is plenty of housing within walking and biking distance of the Institute, as well as grocery stores, a library, and restaurants. However, for those who are accustomed to larger cities with extensive public transportation, the systems in Albuquerque will seem somewhat limited. ABQ

  RIDE is the local transit agency in the city of Albuquerque. Buses generally run from the early morning until around 7 PM on weekdays, with more limited hours on the weekends. Bus stops are quite close to the Institute. Students without cars who need to use public transportation should be aware that buses do not run after the evening classes are dismissed and should therefore plan accordingly.
 
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