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: Final exams for 7-week courses
October 18-19 (Sun-Mon)
Fall break

Fall Semester 2

Date Event
October 20 (Tuesday)
Classes resume
October 26 (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) Arrival 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 7 (Sunday)
Add/ drop deadline for 14-week courses
February 17 (Wednesday)
Withdrawal and change of grading basis deadline for 7-week courses
March 11 (Thursday)  No classes: The Prophet's Ascension Holiday
March 14 (Sunday)  Last day of classes for 7-week courses
March 15 (Monday)
Legislative Day (classes meet on a Thursday schedule)
March 16-18 (Tue-Thu)
No classes: 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 3 (Saturday)
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)
No Classes: 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 (Wednesday) Graduating student departure date

Summer Term

Date Event
May 22 (Saturday)
Visiting Student Orientation
May 23 (Sunday)
Classes begin/ Visiting Research Student arrival date
May 25 (Tuesday) Commencement (subject to change)
May 26 (Wednesday) Add/ drop deadline
June 6 (Sunday) Withdrawal and change of grading basis deadline
June 16 (Wednesday)
Last day of classes
June 17 (Thursday)
Final exams
June 17-18 (Thu-Fri)
Departure day for summer school students