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At Delight Academy we welcome students of different ages, countries and backgrounds. Our students range from early 20s to mid 70s. You are never too young or too old to study ayurveda! Some people have a background in ayurveda or healthcare, some have had a very different career, and again other students come directly from high school into our study program.
The Ayurveda Practitioner Studies is a part-time 4-year study program. Each year consists of approximately 210 contact hours and 400 to 600 self-study hours. This translates to approximately 2-3 days of class and 4-6 full days of self-study on average each month.
We are open to international students and already have students from several European in our study program. So yes, applying for the Ayurveda Practitioner Studies is possible when living abroad. Please take into account that you will have to fly in to Amsterdam circa once per month and will have to find an accommodation yourself. We recommend looking at Airbnb or Booking.com for accommodation. However, since we are a private educational institute, it is unfortunately not possible to apply for a student visa.
The Ayurveda Practitioner Studies is a part-time study program. However, each year consists of approximately 50 European Credits (ECs), therefore the study program has a serious study load. The reason for this is that this study program is designed for students wanting to learn about ayurveda professionally. Delight Academy expects students to be dedicated to their studies and committed to attending the classes (approx. 210 contact hours per year) and to spend 400-600 hours of self-study per year.
To apply for this study, please make sure to meet the requirements below:
- Bachelor level (HBO-niveau) thinking- and working level (minimum of a high school certificate granting access to a Bachelor level study program, or a HAVO-diploma in the Netherlands)
- Sufficient (written and verbal) knowledge of the English language as all teachings and course materials are in English
- Written motivation letter describing your motivation to join the program (to be uploaded in the application online)
- Having attended a Delight Academy open day (please find our schedule of open days on our website)
If in doubt whether you meet the requirements, please contact us via email@example.com with your questions or concerns.
It is important to us that all students of the Ayurveda Practitioner Studies have a full understanding of the study program and the study load. Therefore, attending one of our open days is a prerequisite to studying with us. If you live abroad or are unable to attend one of our open days, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org to make a personal introductory appointment by phone.
According to SNRO requirements, a certificate granting access to a Bachelor level study program must always be submitted upon application to the APS program. If you don’t have a certificate to show, unfortunately, you cannot apply. We advise contacting your educational provider to request a copy of your certificate. If it’s concerning a higher education certificate obtained in the Netherlands, you can request a new copy through Duo.
The Ayurveda Practitioner Studies is a well-thought-through study program with the intention to train you to practice Ayurveda professionally after 4 years. The program has a clear build-up and therefore subjects or years can’t be taken separately. Registration for the study program goes by year, so you are always free to stop or pause your studies if needed.
During the 4-year studies, attendance is required during 75% of the classes each year.
In the case of not being able to join part of the program, please send an email to the main teacher involved at least one hour before the class starts. Include clear and valid reasons for your absence. Afterwards, you can make an appointment with the teacher to discuss how to catch up on missed material.
Yes, you can apply for the study program. Students with different types of backgrounds apply for the program. The APS aims to educate you towards practising ayurveda professionally and being able to treat clients upon completion of the 4-year study program, regardless of your professional background. Delight Academy does advise completing a western anatomy & physiology (Medische Basiskennis) course according to PLATO standards prior to treating clients. This course will also enable you to become a member of one of the professional organisations.
When you have successfully completed your studies, you can open your own ayurveda practice. In other words, you can start your career in ayurveda. What does this imply? You will be able to inform your clients on ayurvedic ways to improve their health - with the help of concrete steps and guidelines. You will have insight into which complaints you can treat yourself and which more complex complaints will require the help of an ayurvedic physician or other health experts. You will be confident in exploring the complaints of your clients by tapping into their needs in a proper way while using ayurvedic assessment techniques like pulse reading and tongue diagnosis. Clear communication, trust, respect, an open attitude and confidentiality play an important role in building a relationship with your clients - and this relationship is a part of your ayurvedic healing skills.
Since Delight Academy is a private educational provider, unfortunately, it isn’t possible to apply for a government grant or subsidy. However, there are possibilities for Dutch residents to deduct study costs from their annual income tax return. Please refer to our Tuition & Fees page for more information.
Since Delight Academy is a private educational provider, unfortunately, it isn’t possible to apply for a student visa.
The Bachelor level accreditation by SNRO implies that the study program is carried out at a qualified professional level and that it meets all the Bachelor level requirements. As a result, the APS program can be considered complete and all-round in terms of preparing students towards practising in a professional way in the field of Ayurvedic Medicine. Students study in line with future professional tasks, Bachelor competencies and SNRO requirements. In order to guarantee these prerequisites, the study program contains ample assignments and tests throughout the year - including a yearly final exam - and students are expected to study on a regular basis.
The Bachelor level degree is acquired upon successfully completing this 4-year Ayurveda Practitioner Studies. With this degree - in combination with a western anatomy & physiology (Medische Basiskennis in Dutch) course according to PLATO standards - you can become a member of one of the professional associations, enabling your future clients to claim reimbursement of their invoice under supplementary health care insurances.
Delight Academy is located in Amsterdam, where many options for accommodation are available. We recommend using Airbnb or Booking.com. Areas which are conveniently located to our Delight Academy location at Prinseneiland are Prinseneiland, Jordaan, Spaarndammerbuurt or any location with a good public transport connection to the nearest tram and bus stop at Haarlemmerplein. Please consult www.9292.nl or www.gvb.nl for public transport connections.
If you have already joined any 50+ ayurveda courses at Delight Academy, you are eligible to receive an exemption for these hours in this 4-year program. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com detailing which courses you have previously attended. A discounted pricing option for the exempted hours applies.
If you have completed significant Ayurveda education at institutes other than Delight Academy, you can opt for special enrollment application with an exemption for certain modules. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including a detailed overview and proof of completion of all previous contact hours, tests and subjects done at the other institute(s). The examination committee consequently reviews your application and gives positive or negative advice for exemption. In the case of positive advice, the examination committee provides an overview of exempted modules, a timeline, and a discounted pricing option. All students leaving Delight Academy with an APS degree at all time have to fully comply with the SNRO Bachelor level prerequisites of our 4-year study program.
In general we recommend students to follow the whole program without interruption. We understand that there can be an urgent reason for taking a one year break. In case students wish to do this, a written request should be sent to one of the directors who need to give permission for this.
Delight Academy has a cancellation policy in place. Please refer article 19 of our General Terms and Conditions, of which the most important articles are:
- Deposit payment made by the Participant will become non-refundable after a cooling-off period of 14 days.
- You can cancel your registration for the Ayurveda Practitioner Studies with a full refund of the amount paid (minus the Deposit), until two months prior to the start date of the training.
- The tuition fees are non-refundable if you cancel your registration within two months prior to the commencement of the Ayurveda Practitioner Studies or after the start of the study program. In this case, instalments that are still open remain to be paid to Delight Academy.
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