2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Orientation

Fall Semester 1

Date Event
August 26 (Wednesday)
Classes begin
September 1 (Tuesday)
Add/ drop deadline for 7-week courses
September 8 (Tuesday)
Add/ drop deadline for 14-week courses
September 29 (Tuesday)
Withdrawal and change of grading basis deadline for 7-week courses
October 13 (Tuesday) Last day of classes for 7-week courses
October 14-15 (Wed-Thu) No classes or midterms: Final exams for 7-week courses
October 18-19 (Sun-Mon)
Fall break

Fall Semester 2

Date Event
October 20 (Tuesday)
Classes resume
October 28 (Monday) Add/ drop deadline for 7-week courses
October 29 (Thursday) No Classes: The Prophet’s Birthday Holiday
October 31 (Saturday) Legislative Day (classes meet on a Thursday schedule)
November 2 (Monday)
Withdrawal and change of grading basis deadline for 14-week courses
November 14 (Saturday)
Withdrawal and change of grading basis deadline for 7-week courses
December 1-3 (Tue-Thu)
No classes: Commemoration and National Day
December 10 (Thursday) Last day of classes
December 13-17 (Sun-Thu)
Final exams
December 18 (Friday)
Departure day/ Winter break begins

Winter Break

Date Event
December 20-January 3 (Sun-Sun)

No classes

January Term in Abu Dhabi

Date Event
January 2-3 (Sat-Sun)
Arrival window for all students
January 2 (Saturday) Arrival date for visiting students
January 3 (Sunday) Visiting Student Orientation
January 3 (Sunday)
Faculty Orientation
January 4 (Monday)
Classes begin
January 21 (Thursday)
Last day of classes
January 21-22 (Thu-Fri)
Departure window

January Term in New York and Washington DC

Date Event
January 3 (Sunday)
Arrival day
January 4 (Monday)
Classes begin
January 18 (Monday)
No classes: Martin Luther King Day
January 22 (Friday)
Last day of classes
January 22-23 (Fri-Sat)
Departure window

January Term in NYU Global Sites

Date Event
January 4 (Monday)
Arrival day
January 5 (Tuesday)
Classes begin
January 22 (Friday)
Last day of classes
January 22-23 (Fri-Sat)

Departure window

Spring Semester 1

Date Event
January 21 (Thursday) Arriva date for visiting students
January 22-24 (Fri-Sun) Arrival date for all students
January 22-24 (Fri-Sun) Visiting Student Orientation
January (TBD)
Faculty Orientation
January 25 (Monday)
Classes begin
January 31 (Sunday)
Add/ drop deadline for 7-week courses
February 17 (Wednesday)
Add/ drop deadline for 14-week courses
February 24 (Monday)
Withdrawal and change of grading basis deadline for 7-week courses
March 11 (Thursday)
No Classes: The Prophet's Ascension Holiday
March 15 (Monday)
Last day of classes for 7-week courses
March 16-18 (Tue-Thu)
No classes or midterms: Final exams for 7-week courses

Spring Break

Date Event
March 21-25 (Sun-Thu)

No classes

Spring Semester 2

Date Event
March 28 (Sunday)
Classes resume
April 4 (Sunday)
Add/ drop deadline for 7-week courses
April 11 (Sunday)
Withdrawal and change of grading basis deadline for 14-week courses
April 12 (Monday) Beginning of Ramadan
April 20 (Tuesday)
Withdrawal and change of grading basis deadline for 7-week courses
May 1 (Saturday)
Legislative Day  (classes meet on a Thursday schedule)
May 12 (Wednesday)
Last day of classes
May 13-15 (Thu-Sat) Eid al Fitr Holiday
May 16-20 (Sun-Thu)
Final exams
May 21 (Friday) Underclass departure date
May 25 (Tuesday)
Commencement (subject to change)
May 26 (Wenesday) Graduating student departure date

Summer Term