Program Structure

Academic Courses

There are two courses offered for the primary academic class. Both course options focus on an aspect of American government, and expose Scholars to challenging and relevant material in a seminar format. Scholars will engage in rigorous writing assignments, hone their debate skills, and engage in classroom discussions. Course options for the 2018-2019 academic year will be announced in Spring of 2018.

English Enrichment Program

The Program offers two courses to enhance English language development: Critical Thinking and Persuasive Writing, and Public Speaking and Public Presentations.

Leadership Program

In the course, “What Makes a Great Leader?” the Scholars will study various theories of leadership, engage in self-assessment, undertake development exercises and skills training, and meet with noteworthy leaders across a broad spectrum of fields and disciplines.

SMSP Class of 2016 on their winter trip to Washington, D.C.
SMSP Class of 2016 various events throughout the year.

US Trip and Cross-Cultural Experiences

Scholars will spend nine days at NYU’s campus in New York City and in Washington, DC, and will engage in numerous cross-cultural, academic, and leadership activities. Scholars will also receive invitations to attend programs, lectures, and conferences sponsored by NYU Abu Dhabi and other leading cultural and intellectual institutions in the UAE.

Graduate School Counseling and Scholarships

SMSP provides counseling and assistance with applying to graduate and professional degree programs. Graduates of SMSP who are admitted to NYU graduate or professional schools in NY are eligible to receive a full scholarship.

Alumni Network

After graduation from SMSP, Scholar alumni will have many opportunities to interact with other Scholars’ classes, meet and mentor students enrolled in a companion program — the NYUAD Summer Academy for high-potential high school students — audit in select NYUAD classes, and build valuable professional relationships and connections.