Summer Academy

The NYU Abu Dhabi Summer Academy is an 18-month program designed to enhance the academic profiles of highly motivated Abu Dhabi-based Emirati high school students.

Following a competitive admissions process,  up to 32 program participants are selected as recipients of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholarships for Outstanding High School Students, which enables them to attend the Summer Academy.

In this mixed gender program, students are exposed to a rich cultural and rigorous academic program which enhances their ability to gain admission to and perform well at top-tier English-language universities. The program begins during the summer following the 10th year of high school and continues for the following 18 months, with two intensive summer courses of study in Abu Dhabi and at two of NYU’s global locations: Florence, Italy, and New York City. In addition, students participate in online study and academic refresher weekends during the academic year.

NYUAD Summer Academy not only provides our students with the intellectual resources and skill development they require for future success, but also offers them a character-building life experience.

Her Highness Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan

Program Goals

University Preparation

Instill in students the intellectual resources and skills necessary for success at top-tier, English-language universities through the 18-month curriculum.

Liberal Arts Education

Introduce students to the study of the humanities and to the value of a liberal arts education.

Cultural Awareness

Develop students' understanding of the cultural norms of Western universities.

Test Preparation

Prepare students to excel on the standardized tests necessary for university entry.

Leadership Skills

Spur personal growth, maturity, cultivate leadership potential.