A unique part of the NYU Abu Dhabi admissions process is the opportunity to participate in a Candidate Weekend. During Candidate Weekend, prospective students 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.

Only students who — based on the strength of their applications — are considered finalists for admission are invited to participate in a Candidate Weekend. Candidate Weekend gives a select group of NYU Abu Dhabi applicants the opportunity to see the campus in Abu Dhabi and to experience NYU Abu Dhabi during an exciting and intellectually rigorous weekend with peers from around the world. Invited candidates will have the opportunity to demonstrate their interest in and appropriateness for NYU Abu Dhabi, while assessing NYU Abu Dhabi as a good fit for their academic interests.

Candidate Weekend participation is by invitation only. Candidate Weekends are both informative and evaluative, providing the Admissions Committee an opportunity to learn more about the students, and only highly admissible applicants will be invited to attend.

Candidate Weekend Dates

Candidate Weekend dates for the 2017-2018 application cycle are as follows:

  • December 7-10, 2017
  • February 1-4, 2018
  • February 22-25, 2018
  • March 8-11, 2018

The above dates are anticipated for the 2017-2018 application cycle, but are subject to change.

Participation in a Candidate Weekend will occur prior to an admissions decision being rendered. Therefore, Early Decision I applicants invited to a Candidate Weekend should expect to travel before December 15; Early Decision II Candidate Weekend invitees should expect to travel by early February; and Regular Decision Candidate Weekend invitees should expect to travel before April 1.

Candidates are invited to a specific Candidate Weekend; we do not accept student requests for particular dates. Some exceptional circumstances may be accommodated and new dates may be assigned for students who are unable to travel on their designated weekend.

Travel Logistics

Depending on their location, applicants selected to travel will be provided with round-trip economy class airfare from the international airport closest to their school, or other means of local transportation. Applicants will also be provided with accommodations and all meals.

Please note that students traveling from outside the UAE must have a valid passport in order to enter the country, and in some cases, a visa as well. NYU Abu Dhabi will provide assistance with obtaining a visa whenever necessary. Information about visa requirements is available for US citizens and for non-US citizens.