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

Application Procedure

All applicants for the Ayurvedic Studies Programs 1 and 2, and the Pune Gurukula Program must submit a completed application package. ASP 1 and 2 applications can be downloaded from our website at the link below or requested from the Registrar at (505) 291-9698, extension 126, or registrar(at)ayurveda.com.

Please contact the Registrar directly to receive an application packet for the Pune Gurukula Program. All applications must be completed in full and submitted to the Registrar for processing.

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.

 

The application requirements include:

1) Student application completed in full.
2) Type-written, response to essay questions, listed on the application.
3) Signed copy of the Student Agreement.
4) Completed Ayuryoga® Pre-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. International students, please refer to International Student Information section for additional requirements.

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 and/or Medical Terminology course requirements prior to attendance and wish to receive credit for the course(s) will need to provide official written proof of the following: 1) Current professional work in a medical discipline actively using knowledge of A&P and/or Medical Terminology, or 2) A college level course of a minimum of 60 class hours in A&P (30 class hours in Medical Terminology) taken within the last two years. If approved, an exemption will waive your attendance, course requirements and course tuition. 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 Graduates of ASP 1 may directly apply to enter ASP 2 upon successful completion of ASP 1. Transfer students are also welcome to apply. All interested applicants must be a graduate of a program that meets NAMA’s new competency requirements for the Ayurvedic Health Counselor. Acceptance is based on but not limited to the following: student application, a letter of referral from a former teacher, and phone interview with the Dean of Education. For all transfer students, an online Skype or in-person oral exam will be administered for a nonrefundable fee of $250.

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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 the following: 1) Current professional work in a medical discipline actively using knowledge of Pathophysiology, or 2) A college level course with a minimum of 40 class hours in Pathophysiology within the last two years. If approved, an exemption will waive your attendance, course requirements and course tuition. 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 successfully pass the Sanskrit entrance exam.

ASP 2 students are expected to know how to determine prakruti and vikruti and be able to assess the organs using pulse diagnosis. Tutoring in pulse assessment may be required for transfer students.


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
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 ASP 1 material.

Registration for ASP Level 2
ASP 2 applicants are required to provide proof of a sufficient level of knowledge and practice to be successful in ASP 2. The academic committee approves applicants upon review. The student must be a graduate of a program that meets NAMA’s new competency requirements for the Ayurvedic Health Counselor, 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 to the Pune Gurukula Program are extended to students who have completed the Ayurvedic Studies Program 1 or 2 with Vasant Lad and applicants who have not studied directly with Vasant Lad, but have completed training that meets NAMA’s new competency requirements. 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. The 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
The registration deadline is September 1 for all US residents 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. ASP1 graduates receive priority; space permitting, ASP 2 transfers will be considered.

Pune Gurukula Program
Applicants are invited to apply in the beginning of the year and registrations are on a first come, first served basis. The deadline for this program is September 1 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. 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 should be sent to the Registrar for approval before the registration deadlines listed.

 

Upon approval, the Registrar sends the I-20 form to the international student to apply for an I-94. The applicant then takes the I-94 to his or her local US consulate to apply for the M1 student visa. The I-94 requires a $200 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 Programs 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 Ayurvedic Studies Programs 1 and 2 at The Ayurvedic Institute are 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 Institute.

Evaluation of progress of VA students will be conducted by the Institute’s evaluation policy schedule, which is every trimester. Students with a minimum of a 75% academic average for ASP 2 and a minimum of 70% academic average for ASP 1, as well as 90% attendance, are considered to be making satisfactory progress.

In order for a student to be considered making satisfactory progress, the student must meet both attendance and academic minimum requirements in each trimester (stated above). Students receiving VA benefits who fail to meet minimum progress and attendance requirements will be placed on academic probation for 30 days. At the end of the probationary period, the student’s progress (academic and attendance) will be re-evaluated by the Dean of Education. If the student is meeting minimum requirements, the student will be determined to be making satisfactory progress and will be considered off of academic probation.

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) effective on the last day of probation.

 

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.

Any blended learning classes are not optional for VA students. They must complete all classes in residence training.

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 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.

Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has approved the Institute for attendance by non-immigrant students. (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). The Ayurvedic Institute is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) at the 500-hour level, Ayurvedic Institute ID #19894.

 

The Ayurvedic Institute’s ASP 1 and 2 meet NAMA’s requirements for professional membership.

The Ayurvedic Institute’s 2015-2016 ASP 1 meets or exceeds the competency requirements for NAMA’s professional membership Ayurvedic Health Counselor category.

The Ayurvedic Institute’s 2015-2016 ASP 2 meets or exceeds the competency requirements for NAMA’s professional membership Ayurvedic Practitioner category.

Future graduates will be prepared to successfully pass NAMA’s national competency exams which are expected to begin in 2016. More information is available at AyurvedaNAMA.org.


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. An enrollment deposit of $500 is a one-time deposit to secure a student’s space in the program and is deducted from the first trimester tuition.

Application, clinic, and administration fees are not considered to be part of the tuition.

 

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 the refund schedule.


Benefit Policies

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

bullet 20% discount on products and weekend seminars while enrolled in school, and for the tuition of summer intensives in the summer immediately following the school year. 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 seminars and intensives.

All students are given an equal chance to sign up for available positions during Orientation Week. Based upon student availability and experience, jobs are assigned appropriately.

 
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