Semester Abroad

Global education is an essential component of NYU Abu Dhabi’s educational mission and curriculum.

It is realized through a careful sequence of interrelated academic and intercultural experiences that provide students with intellectually rigorous, research-focused learning environments that complement and extend their coursework. They include semester-long study-away programs, January Term programs, and course-related study trips in the UAE and the broader Middle East that are typically combined with January Term or semester courses.

NYUAD study-away programs are coordinated by the Office of Global Education, which supports students before, during, and after their experiences abroad to maximize intercultural learning, promote safety and health, and help students contribute as responsible global citizens in the communities they join — wherever they are in the world.

NYU Global Academic Centers

Students may spend up to two semesters over their four years at NYU Abu Dhabi studying abroad.  The majority of NYUAD students will study away at one or more of the NYU global academic centers to take advantage of the unique curricular and technological offerings of NYU’s global network. The global academic centers connect students from NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai, and NYU New York who study together and experience the diversity of NYU’s global network. Each of the centers offers courses in the local language, history, and culture, academic lectures by distinguished faculty and leaders of the local communities, and co-curricular activities to explore the region, meet local students and figures, and use new language skills.


In addition to the academic centers abroad, students have the opportunity to be considered to study away at one of NYU’s partner institutions by participating in a student exchange. The International Exchange Program enables select students to study at a variety of institutions — all distinguished research universities — while earning NYU credit and being immersed in the culture of some of the world's most exciting cities.  If a student’s academic program would significantly benefit from instruction not available at the NYU global network sites or in Abu Dhabi, he or she may petition the Office of Global Education to attend an alternative study away program.

Selection for any study away program is based on the student’s academic record, the strength of the application materials, and academic preparation for and suitability of the chosen program to the individual student’s academic goals.

NYU New York and NYU Shanghai students interested in studying at NYU Abu Dhabi are welcome to apply for a January Term course and/or a full-time course of study during the fall or spring semesters.