NYU Abu Dhabi Graduate School Weekend, typically held in October, brings together graduate schools from across the globe to our campus in Abu Dhabi. The event fosters relationships between leading institutions throughout the world and helps our students as well as students across the UAE to uncover the wealth of opportunities in graduate education.
It was a fantastic weekend that really gave us a good understanding of NYUAD and the students at your campus. It was also great for general networking and benchmarking. Plus, we had a great time!
The attending representatives will learn about the NYUAD curriculum and co-curricular programs through meetings and discussions with deans and senior administrators. Through a fair and other events, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with students from NYUAD and other local universities. NYUAD will also provide tours of local cultural attractions to provide a more holistic view of the UAE.
The best grad fair I have ever attended!
What to Expect
Recruit diverse students from the NYUAD student body, comprised of about 1300 students from over 115 different countries and speaking as many languages.
Target some of the top undergraduate students in the world: NYUAD has a 4% admit rate, and has produced ten Rhodes Scholars in the past five years.
Gather in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE—one of the safest and most progressive countries in the Middle East—alongside about 30 other graduate schools to exchange information and learn about graduate education around the world. Past attendees include Harvard University, Shanghai Theatre Company, ETH Zurich, McGill University, London School of Economics.
Engage students who are eager for further study with over 30% of NYUAD alumni going directly into graduate study in about 20 countries around the world.
What to Expect
A packed weekend with a lot of information and networking opportunities. In the past, attendees have come mainly to learn about NYUAD and use this as a Middle East recruitment opportunity. When they left, they were empowered by the connections they made and knowledge they gained from the other institutions present. It turns into a fantastic time to learn about other graduate programs around the world, as well as to share and compare best practices in the field of graduate education.
Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service
Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies
Admissions Overview and Graduate Outcomes Overview
Lunch with Faculty
Graduate School Fair
Campus Life Overview
Student Experience Panel with current students
Senior Thesis Panel
Lunch with Campus Life Staff
Grand Mosque Tour
The students were on average the highest quality, with exactly the right international exposure that we are looking for.
Selected Graduate Schools Attended by NYUAD Alumni
Case Western Reserve University
Central European University
Delft University of Technology
Hong Kong University
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
IE Business School
Imperial College London
Johns Hopkins University
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
London School of Economics
Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sackler School of Medicine (Tel Aviv University)
Sciences Po Paris
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Toulouse School of Economics
Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi - Milano
University College London
University College London Qatar
University of British Columbia
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
University of Oxford
University of Pennsylvania
University of Toronto
University of Wisconsin Madison
Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis
Yale Law School
Attending the Conference
Flights and Accommodation
Transport and Meals
What to Bring / Wear
We will assist in booking flights from your institution's city to Abu Dhabi and back. All booking is done through our partner travel agent. We will book flights so that you arrive the evening before the event, and depart the morning after the last day of the event. If you would like to change this, we will put you in direct contact with our travel agent. We will also book accommodation for you.
There are opportunities for grants to help cover the cost of attendance.
Many countries receive a visa upon arrival in the UAE. When booking your travel, our travel agent will help verify if you require one and will facilitate its acquisition. We can guarantee that you will receive a visa, or how long it will take for a visa to be issued.
We provide transport to and from the airport in the UAE. We book transport from the airport, to the accommodation we have booked, as well as back to the airport. If you are staying longer, we can put you in direct contact with our travel agent for ground transport changes. During the event, we facilitate transport to and from all destinations associated with Graduate School Weekend.
Taxis are also easily available, with a cost averaging USD 10 (about AED 40) to get from one side of Abu Dhabi City to the other.
All meals during the event are covered by NYU Abu Dhabi. If you have any dietary restrictions, please note these to our team when providing your travel details.
Bring your brochures about your university. We had about 400 students attend the weekend in the past. As our university continues to grow in size, we anticipate more students attending. Your brochures can be shipped in advance if needed.
The UAE can be quite warm in late September and early October, with averages around 29 degrees Celsius (84 degrees Fahrenheit). Buildings are air conditioned, and will sometimes be quite cold, especially compared to the outside temperature.
Bring business casual attire and long sleeves for indoors. As you will be visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, please bring along clothes to cover to ankles and wrists during the tour. Women are encouraged to bring a scarf to cover their hair as well. Alternatively, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque provides abayas for women and kanduras for men.