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Life outside the classroom at NYUAD is rich with opportunities ranging from camping in the desert to attending classical music concerts at the Emirates Palace; from skiing at the one-of-a-kind indoor Ski Dubai to volunteering with local schools in Abu Dhabi; from scuba diving in the Gulf of Oman to engaging in issues of eco-sustainability. All of these activities are supported by NYUAD's commitment to fostering an environment of understanding and cooperation among a student body of more than 70 nationalities.

NYUAD students play an enormous role in creating and maintaining this environment through Student Interest Groups (SIGs). Whether your interest is cultural, athletic, social, or religious, a SIG exists where you can meet like-minded students and explore interests. There are currently more than 35 groups, including:

  • Abu Dhabi Culinary Society
  • ADvococy — providing humanitarian aid through local efforts
  • American Computing Machinery at NYUAD
  • Astronomy Club
  • Catalyst at NYUAD — entrepreneurial business group
  • Debate Society @ NYUAD
  • Ecoherence — exploring environmental concerns
  • Fishbowl Tribune — the student body's online periodical
  • Global Medical Brigades @ NYUAD
  • Headless Society — poetry and creative writing
  • SCUBA Diving and Snorkeling
  • Tango Club at NYUAD