Core Curriculum

Expanding Horizons

NYU Abu Dhabi’s Core Curriculum forms the heart of our mission to provide an international student body with an outstanding, expansive education.

The Core draws on the diversity and cultural wealth of the world’s traditions and spans the content and methodologies of 21st-century disciplines across the Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Science, and Social Science. It offers Core Competencies that will help graduates address major global challenges, including the pursuit of equality, justice, peace, health, sustainability, and a rich understanding of humanity.

It fosters modes of thinking and habits of mind central to well-rounded intellectual development and to global citizenship and leadership. The Core is our mission, manifested.


Students are required to complete the following courses:

Trekking With Gorillas

Students travel to Uganda to observe a critically endangered species as part of the Core course, Extinction.