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.In Albuquerque, it is possible to rent a one-bedroom austere, unfurnished apartment for about $550 per month. The average two-bedroom unfurnished apartment begins at $700 per month, and a three-bedroom house begins at $1,000 and up. There are several apartment complexes within walking distance of the Institute. A limited number of area homes rent an extra bedroom to students. We are happy to mail our list of available housing to any applicant upon request.

Living Expenses. Our estimation of $1,000 US per month (including your housing) that needs to be available to international students to obtain your visa is just that: an estimation. Please allow for the possibility that your amount may be much higher or lower (rare) than you are accustomed to spending in one month. If you have any questions about estimated living expenses, please contact the registrar at registrar(at)

Tuition.Tuition for the Ayurvedic Studies Programs 1 and 2 does not include any optional courses including Online Learning Courses, Yoga Teacher Training programs, weekend seminars, or summer intensives. Many international students use the grace period offered by the student visa (this extends for one month from the last day of school) to attend the summer intensives. Please allow for this extra tuition in planning your budget, if you think you might be interested in these additional courses. 

Books and Materials.You can expect to pay approximately $650 for required textbooks. In addition to books, you may need to purchase notebooks or other materials.


Students come to the Institute from all over the world for many different reasons. Some come to study Ayurveda for use in professional practice and others for self-healing. The students who make up the classes also have many different backgrounds. 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 we offer 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 yet 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 city population of over 500,000 residents, Albuquerque ranks as the 32nd largest city in the U.S. It is home to the University of New Mexico, Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia


National Laboratories, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and Petroglyph National Monument. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque, and the Rio Grande River flows through the city, north to south.


Albuquerque’s climate is usually sunny and dry, with low relative humidity. Our 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 a little 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 tolerable because of low humidity and the afternoon showers. Fall sees warm days and cool nights with less rain.

Points of Interest

There is a variety of things to do in Albuquerque. Whether you are visiting one of our 14 beautiful golf courses, 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 Museum of Natural History and Science. The majority of locally owned boutiques and fine dining


establishments are scattered throughout Downtown, Old Town, 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 and open-air lifestyle shopping, entertainment, and dining.

Albuquerque has numerous parks, bike paths, and hiking areas scattered throughout the metro area. Most of the city’s best biking and hiking areas are concentrated in and around the Bosque trail and the Sandia and Manzano foothills, which are located minutes away from the Institute.

Getting Around ABQ

ABQ RIDE is the local transit agency in the city of Albuquerque. Buses generally run from the early morning until around 7pm 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.
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