NYU Abu Dhabi's Office of Student Life offers students transformative and intentional options for their out-of-classroom experiences. Students forge friendships across national boundaries, teaching and learning from each other in myriad ways. Students connect with each other, and with faculty and staff. In addition to the campus community, students explore connections with the community of Abu Dhabi, the UAE, the region, and the world through an array of developing opportunities.

The Office of Student Life is located in Sama Tower, adjacent to the Campus Lounge, and is a central place to find support for activities, whether student-initiated or proposed by staff and faculty.

At NYUAD, every experience is an intercultural dialogue, a lesson in global education. The activities of Student Life create opportunities for members of our campus community to engage in meaningful ways with one another that are grounded in this premise, and that of student self-governance. Students are encouraged to take on responsibility and develop critical global leadership skills during their college experiences.

The department of Student Life encompasses student activities, Student Government, Student Interest Groups, the Office of Community Outreach, the Office of Intercultural Affairs, and the Office of Spiritual Life.

Annual Events & Traditions

Winter Wonder Sand Blast
Winter Wonder Sand Bash
Spring Downtown Campus Sleepover
DTC Sleepover
Spring Linajma course

Taking advantage of its unique location in Abu Dhabi, the Office of Student Life organizes a number of events and trips. Students are given access to the capital's events, concerts, lectures, exhibitions, and workshops. In addition, the department sponsors, organizes, and hosts various events throughout the year, including:

  • UAE National Day celebration
  • Interfaith Conference with NYU chaplains
  • Various social outings, such as bowling and movie screenings
  • Student Government traditions, including the Downtown Campus Sleepover and The Amazing Race – Dubai
  • Linajma: A program throughout which students, staff, and faculty teach non-credit classes to students on a host of topics that showcase the talent of the NYUAD community