Structure and Schedule

Global PhD Students complete all degree requirements set by the NYU New York department they are admitted in — Courant Institute or NYU Tandon Computer Science and Engineering. 

The following is a typical degree sequence, 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. Most students participate in their fellowship for a duration of 4-5 years.

A student in class at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Summer 1 in Abu Dhabi

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 faculty.

Year 1 in New York

  • Students undertake coursework with their Department in New York.

J-Term and Summer Term in Abu Dhabi

  • During the first year, students return to Abu Dhabi for the January and summer terms, to maintain their UAE residency status and pursue research with their advisors.

Year 2 and Onward in New York or Abu Dhabi

  • Most students will spend this year in Abu Dhabi conducting research with their advisors. Some may return to New York for an additional semester, if needed.

Dissertation Defense in New York or Abu Dhabi

Defense location will depend upon committee makeup and any departmental requirements