Global education is an essential component of NYUAD’s educational mission and curriculum. It is realized through a careful sequence of interrelated academic and intercultural experiences that provide students with intellectually rigorous, research-focused learning environments that complement and extend their coursework. They include semester-long study-away programs, January Term programs, and course-related study trips in the UAE and the broader Middle East that are typically combined with January Term or semester courses.

NYUAD study-away programs are coordinated by the Office of Global Education, which supports students before, during, and after their experiences abroad to maximize intercultural learning, promote safety and health, and help students contribute as responsible global citizens in the communities they join — wherever they are in the world.

Students are encouraged to spend up to two semesters over their four years at NYUAD studying abroad at academic sites mostly within the NYU global network, including NYU New York. The GNU academic centers connect students from NYUAD and NYUNY who study together and experience the rich social diversity of NYU's global network. Each of NYU's 14 global academic centers offers courses in the local language, history, and culture; academic lectures by distinguished faculty and leaders of the local communities; and co-curricular activities to explore the region, meet local students and figures, and use new language skills.

The majority of NYU Abu Dhabi students will study away at one or more of the NYU global academic centers to take advantage of the unique curricular and technological offerings of the NYU global network university. However, if a student’s academic program requires or would significantly benefit from instruction not available at the NYU global sites or in Abu Dhabi, he or she may petition the Office of Global Education to attend an alternative study-away program. For example, students may wish to spend a semester studying at the top university in their home country to connect to scholars and leaders in their discipline, join a distinctive local research project, or use their native language skills at the highest level of critical thinking.

Selection for any study away program is based on the student’s academic record, the strength of the application materials, and academic preparation for and suitability of the chosen program to the individual student’s academic goals.