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.

Testing & Exams

NYU Abu Dhabi photo by Philip Cheung

Unsure if an examination offered in your country meets our testing requirements? Check the Testing Requirements page or email nyuad.admissions@nyu.edu and we will confirm.

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

A new season of the arts in Abu Dhabi

Gulf News

The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi announced its second season of events, including a 27-hour continuous concert and an underwater performance.

NYUAD class of 2016 praised for ‘attitude of tolerance and openness’

The National

New York University Abu Dhabi’s graduating class were praised on Monday for embracing “an attitude of tolerance and openness" by choosing to pursue and complete their studies in the UAE capital. That was the message from Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the United States, who delivered the keynote address at the school’s third graduation ceremony.