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

How the Liberal Arts Can Bridge International Divides

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Alfred Bloom, vice chancellor of New York University’s campus in Abu Dhabi, recently spoke with The Chronicle about helping a globally diverse student body find common ground and the importance of higher education to help counter anti-globalist sentiment.

My UAE: ­Shamma Al Bastaki is a triple-threat with plenty of ambitions

The National

Perhaps it’s because she’s a poet and an artist – as well as a scientist – that Shamma Al Bastaki felt an urge to explore the magic in sand.