Being Comfortable Among Different Cultures

It is not uncommon to be dining among classmates from different cultures

During your four years with NYU Abu Dhabi as an undergraduate, you will have many opportunities to attend cultural programs and activities. By the time you graduate, you will have had lots of exposure to different cultures. Our hope is that you will also gain a greater sense of curiosity, flexibility, empathy and authenticity in your intercultural encounters.

Being in Abu Dhabi is also a great chance to grow your knowledge about the country and the Middle East region. Besides traveling and being exposed to different cultures, engaging in reflective activities and exploring different perspectives can increase cultural competence.

Islam is the official religion of the United Arab Emirates, but there are places of worship available for you to practice your faith and religion.


Like many others, I initially had some doubts. I doubted whether I would belong in this community… And how I would fit it. Looking back, I realize that I didn’t overcome my doubts through sheer determination but rather allowed myself to experience these feelings full, and with the support of my friends and mentors, build confidence from them.

Kimberly Rodriguez, Class of 2015

Intercultural Programs

NYU Abu Dhabi has the distinction of an incredibly diverse community of students, faculty, and staff from all over the world. Within this context there are opportunities for our undergraduate students to grow and develop crucial interpersonal skills.

Cultural Events

Learn about different cultures through your schoolmates.

For each event, we invite students from a certain country or culture to share more about where they are from.

Intercultural Competence Core Training
An opportunity to explore cultural competence frameworks and develop greater cultural fluency.
Sustained Dialogue
An opportunity to explore different perspectives and deepen community conversation about relevant topics.

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