There are two choices for the primary academic class. Scholars may take either (1) a seminar taught by Ambassador Michael Corbin on the challenges of the new political economy; or (2) a seminar taught by noted journalist, author, and foreign policy expert James Traub on American foreign policy. Scholars may indicate their preference, but their final assignment rests with the program's executive director.
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.
The Program offers two courses to enhance English language development: Critical Thinking and Persuasive Writing, and Public Speaking and Public Presentations.
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.
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.
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.