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

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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

How a hackathon can solve the region’s problems

The National

What happens when you bring together people of all races, ages, genders and geographies to tackle today’s social issues through technology? Every April, students, mentors and judges from all over the world gather at NYU Abu Dhabi with their laptops and ideas to do just that and to contribute to social good in the Arab world.

‘Cool Roofs’ beat the heat in slum homes

Mumbai Mirror

Cool roofs, a collaboration between the NGO Urbz and students from New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus, proposes to cover asbestos roofs with layers of easily available materials like tarpaulin, foam sheets, aluminium foil and transparent plastic sheet to create a sandwich roof – this will help bring down the temperature of the roof by at least by 8 to 9 degrees Celsius, and that of the dwelling below by 3 to 4 degrees Celsius.