In our endeavor to create a truly diverse and globally engaged student body, NYU Abu Dhabi looks for students of all backgrounds from around the world. Additionally, we seek students who will fit comfortably at the very top of the world's talent pool.

Students study side by side with the heads of state, Nobel laureates, Tony Award winners, and business leaders of tomorrow. NYUAD offers an extraordinary environment of internationally diverse, high-caliber students and a rigorous curriculum taught by distinguished professors.

Admission to NYU Abu Dhabi is highly selective. Students are admitted based on the overall strength of their application, including academic excellence, extracurricular activities, recommendations, and a demonstrated interest in global citizenship, service, and leadership.

Student Life

NYUAD photo by Silvia Razgova

Students forge friendships across the national boundaries of other countries, teaching and learning from each other in a myriad of ways.


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Candidate Weekend

A unique part of the NYU Abu Dhabi admissions process is the opportunity to participate in a Candidate Weekend. During Candidate Weekend, candidates take sample classes, engage in one-on-one discussions with NYU Abu Dhabi leadership and faculty, explore the cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi, and experience life in NYU Abu Dhabi's global community.

The Curriculum

NYU Abu Dhabi's undergraduate curriculum exposes students to challenging ideas, bodies of knowledge, cultural traditions, and transformative achievements.

NYUAD In The News

UAE residents take to stage at NYUAD to share their heritage stories

The National

What does heritage mean in a rapidly changing world? Last week, as part of the National Day celebrations, artists who live in the UAE took to the stage at New York University Abu Dhabi to express, in poetry and song, what it means to them, under the theme "Hekayah" (The Story).

Emirati women break with tradition to study in record numbers

Financial Times

Maitha al-Memari’s grandmother could only dream of going to school and her mother had just a basic high school education. But for Miss Memari, 20, the horizon seems wide as she contemplates whether she should take up postgraduate studies after she earns a bachelors degree at one of the most prestigious universities in the world.