The Urbanization concentration takes advantage of the setting in Abu Dhabi, a rapidly growing city which is making major investments in infrastructure, public transportation, and environmental sustainability, and drawing international attention as a model of advanced urban planning. Through course work, internships, and research projects, this program gives students first-hand exposure to the complex issues associated with urbanization.

At the start of the 20th century, only one person out of every ten lived in a city.  Today, half the world population is urbanized.  United Nations projections suggest that more than 70 percent will reside in cities by 2050, with the largest increases expected in the developing world.

The multidisciplinary concentration in Urbanization focuses on this process—the forces that drive it, the cities it creates, and their impacts on well-being and social interactions. Encompassing the social, economic, political, and physical dimensions of urbanization, the concentration provides students with a cross-disciplinary set of perspectives for understanding the urbanization process, across cultures, countries, and time.  The concentration is inherently global in nature, with a particular concern for the role of urbanization in the developing world, the multicultural nature of much of current urbanization, and the intersection of this process with the environment and associated issues.

Exceptional Faculty

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With a low student-to-faculty ratio, NYUAD students work side by side with prominent cancer researchers and molecular biologists; influential authors, mathematicians, business leaders, educators, and legal scholars; and renowned animators, filmmakers, and musicians.

An Iconic Campus

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The NYUAD campus on Saadiyat Island includes state-of-the-art classrooms, library, and information technology facilities; laboratories; academic buildings; faculty housing; outstanding student residences; athletic facilities; and performance centers.

NYU Abu Dhabi Bulletin

From degree requirements and course listings to study-away programs and student affairs, you'll find everything you need to know about NYUAD in this downloadable PDF.