Step 1: Nominating Students

The Summer Academy solicits nominations from school principals and counselors on behalf of Emirati students who attend government or private high schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. School officials are invited to identify and nominate their most outstanding students who are completing their tenth year. For those students completing a thirteenth year, then exceptions will be made for them to be nominated in their eleventh year. Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold an Emirati passport or be a child of an Emirati mother
  • Study in an Abu Dhabi high school
  • Enrolled in the American tenth grade (or equivalent) at time of nomination
    • For those anticipating completing a thirteenth year, then an exception will be made to be enrolled in the eleventh year.
  • Possess a record of academic achievement as demonstrated by the school transcript
  • Have basic communication of English in reading comprehension and writing skills
  • Show motivation to succeed, potential for growth, and leadership ability
  • Demonstrate an investment in personal growth and academic progress

Interested students and their parents are invited to an information session at the NYUAD Saadiyat campus on  the following dates:

Dates to be confirmed


Step 2: Compiling the Application

School officials will receive the application by mid-December. Students interested in being nominated are encouraged to work with their school representative to complete and submit the application by February 12, 2018.  Submissions must be processed through the school before being considered by the selection committee. Individual applications will not be accepted.

Step 3: Selections

Complete applications are reviewed by the program administration and finalists are selected to participate in the Summer Academy's Selection Days, which include:

  • Interviews with separate panels, including the Executive Director, program faculty and staff, and program chaperones
  • Reading comprehensive and diagnostic writing exercise
  • Sample ACT exam excerpt

Selection Days for the Summer Academy Class of 2019 will be held on March 13 & 14, 2018 at the NYUAD Saadiyat campus. Students MUST be available to participate in person.

Step 4: Enrollment of New Class

Up to 32 students are selected to participate in the NYUAD Summer Academy. Students and their schools will be notified in May.

Once students are accepted and have agreed to participate, they, along with their parents/guardians, participate in a mandatory orientation meeting in May and are sent a packet of required enrollment forms to fill out.