Structure and Schedule

Global PhD Students complete all degree requirements set by GSAS and the NYU Biology Department. The following is a typical sequence for biology students, but each student’s course of study will be determined in consultation with his or her faculty advisor and the department’s Director of Graduate Studies.

Term Sequence, Locations, and Degree Phases

Summer 1 in Abu Dhabi
Orientation for students will occur usually at the end of July, and students will remain in Abu Dhabi over the next month to complete the UAE visa process before heading to New York.

Year 1 in New York — Coursework and Lab Rotations
Students begin their coursework with the Biology Department in New York. Interested students conduct a lab rotation in Abu Dhabi during this phase, giving them the chance to become acquainted with NYUAD and potential faculty advisors.

End of Year 1 — Research Location Selection
By the end of Year 1, students secure an eligible NYUAD faculty member’s endorsement for conducting dissertation research in an Abu Dhabi lab. If the selection is approved by NYU Biology and the NYUAD graduate committee, the student will be offered a Global PhD Student placement.

Summer 2 in Abu Dhabi — Research
Global PhD Students spend the summer in Abu Dhabi to obtain their UAE visas and conduct directed research with their faculty advisors.

Year 2 in New York or Abu Dhabi — Coursework or Research
Students finalize coursework and exams in New York, or pursue research in Abu Dhabi as needed.

Year 3 and Beyond in Abu Dhabi —  Completion of Thesis, Research, and Dissertation
Students prepare their dissertations in Abu Dhabi under their advisors' direction.

Dissertation Defense in New York or Abu Dhabi
Defense location will depend upon committee makeup and any departmental requirements.