Structure and Schedule

Global PhD Students complete all degree requirements set by GSAS and the NYU Physics Department. The following is a typical sequence for physics 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

Pre-Departure — Home Country
Students obtain their US student visas before arriving in Abu Dhabi, if applicable.

Summer 1 in Abu Dhabi — Familiarization and UAE Visa
Before starting classes in New York, students spend 4-6 weeks in Abu Dhabi to obtain their UAE visas and familiarize themselves with the campus, labs, and advisors.

Year 1 in New York — Coursework
Students undertake their coursework with the Physics Department in New York. Students may have the option to conduct a lab rotation or independent study in Abu Dhabi during this phase.

J-Term and Summer Term in Abu Dhabi — Research
When pursuing coursework, students return to Abu Dhabi during the January and summer terms, to maintain their UAE residency status and continue research.

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.

Completion of Thesis in Abu Dhabi — 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.