Holi festival

Classroom learning is only a small part of your college experience. Build your leadership skills, work as a team, and engage the community through a variety of activities, student-led organizations, and conferences.

Connecting Academic Pursuits with Personal Passions

Our activities and programs aim to:

  • Empower you to shape the campus culture and community, taking on responsibility and develop critical leadership skills.
  • Enhance your student experience on and off campus through community building, establishing traditions, and recreational outlets.

Student Interest Groups (SIGs)

SIGs are a place where you’ll find others who share your passions in life. They’re fertile ground to develop friendships, and will challenge you to grow and express yourself across a wide spectrum of activities and discussions. New groups are founded each year, and we look forward to seeing what you bring to the table.

A glimpse into some categories of our Student Interest Groups:

  • Academic and professional pursuits
  • Art, media, and literature
  • Cooking and food
  • Cultural and religious traditions
  • Music and performance
  • Outreach and engagement
  • Sports and athletics
  • Technology and entrepreneurship
Student playing the guitar.
Rows of spices
Stand Up Paddling (SUP) in the campus pool.

Student-led Conferences

Sometimes you have a big idea that you believe will inspire people to help change the world or make a significant impact on our local community. The opportunities call together diverse communities of people, create leadership development opportunities for students, and contribute to the scholarship of a particular field.

Baraha Area

In the local Emirati dialect, baraha means "open space.” Within the campus, our Baraha area is a central gathering place.

There are spaces to study, relax, and have fun featuring comfy couches, tv, video game consoles, ping pong tables, pool tables, a pinball machine, and an air hockey table.

Baraha area on campus.
Enjoy a game on the consoles.

Competing in a game of foolsball.


Get in touch with us at nyuad.studentlife@nyu.edu.