Semester Abroad

Almost all NYU Abu Dhabi students study away at least once during their four years at NYUAD. The majority of the students study away at one or more of the NYU global academic centers to take advantage of the unique curricular and technological offerings. 

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

The NYU 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 center offers courses in the local language, history, culture, academic lectures by distinguished faculty and leaders of the local communities.There are also co-curricular activities to explore the region, meet local students and figures, and to 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.


Just Explore

Passion for science leads NYU Abu Dhabi senior to exciting opportunities in Shanghai and New York.

The Best of Both Worlds

Quinn Fang picked NYU because she could enjoy the comforts of home and the independence of studying away.