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

The Ayurvedic Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or its expression, disability, religion, age, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin. The Ayurvedic Institute reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant for any reason other than those stated above. The admissions process has many elements including the application with its supporting documentation and an interview process. Applications are reviewed in order of receipt. Once the maximum number of students has been accepted, subsequent approved applicants are placed on a waiting list. 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.

There are separate applications for ASP1, ASP2, and ASP2 transfer applicants (those who have not graduated from ASP1 but were educated at other schools). Each application has a $100 non-refundable registration fee. The ASP2 transfer application option also includes a placement examination involving oral and written components and an associated non-refundable $250 fee. Those placement exam results will determine if applicants are eligible to be considered for ASP2 or whether their application will be considered for ASP1. To opt-out of the placement exam, people can apply to ASP1 directly.

Application Procedure

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

  • Ayurvedic Studies Program 1 (ASP1), deadline August 31, 2017
  • Ayurvedic Studies Program 2 (ASP2), deadline August 31, 2017
  • Pune Panchakarma Therapist Training Program
  • Pune Gurukula Clinical Program

We have a rolling admission policy. After the application deadline, we may consider additional applications on a case-by-case basis. The applications can be downloaded from our website links below. You can also request applications from the Student Services Coordinator at (505) 291-9698, extension 126, or

2017-18 Program Application PDF Documents

The applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will be available January 2018.

ASP1 Application Package

ASP2 Application Package

ASP2 Transfer Application Package

Pune Panchakarma Therapist Training Application Package

Pune Gurukula Clinical Program Application Package

Note: To use any of these forms, download the applicable form to your computer and save it on your computer. Close 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 Student Services, with any other required documents.

Additional Information

Veterans Affairs Benefits

The Ayurvedic Studies Program, Levels 1 and 2, at The Ayurvedic Institute are approved by the New Mexico State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (SAA) for eligible persons to receive benefits from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. These benefits are available only to certificate track students. These students are required to abide by both VA and The Ayurvedic Institute policies as detailed in our Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

Contact the VA’s regional processing office directly at 888-442-4551 to discuss your benefits. As part of your application packet, we will need your certificate of eligibility (COE) and transcripts from all previously attended schools and trainings including your joint service transcript.

International Students

This school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students. International students are charged the same tuition and fees as all other students. For international students, we recommend contacting your local consulate to inquire about the wait time to set up an M-1 visa appointment, as appointment schedules vary from country to country. We cannot guarantee that all government approvals will be completed in time for a student to participate in the program. 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. To process your application, we will need a copy of your passport and proof of funds covering your school and living expenses, dated no more than 60 days prior to your application date.

Audit Program Courses

Guests may be approved to attend occasional evening lectures at $60 per lecture. We also offer the option of auditing all of Vasant Lad’s evening lectures and, for ASP alumni, there is the option to audit evening lectures and/or audit other courses offered in the ASP1 and 2 programs. Please contact the student services coordinator at (505) 291-9698, ext. 126 for more details. Our Student Services Coordinator can assist with these choices, what is involved, and tuition details.

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. The Ayurvedic Institute is not currently accredited by an accrediting agency that is recognized by the US Department of Education. This school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

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

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 complain cannot be resolved within The Institute, the student may contact the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED), Private Postsecondary Schools Division at 2044 Galisteo Street, Suite 4, Santa Fe, NM 87505-2100, (505) 476-8400, or online at

Complaint forms may be obtained from the NMHED at 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 pañchakarma 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