Defer Enrollment

If you’ve been offered admission to NYU Abu Dhabi, you may request to defer your enrollment for up to two years (with two years only available for military service). If your request is approved and you meet the requirements listed below, you do not have to file a new application and are guaranteed readmission for the next fall semester.

Important: You will need to re-confirm your intention to enroll by January 5 before your start term like our new Early Decision students. You will be held to the same expectations as “Early Decision” students; in essence, if you are approved to defer your enrollment, you are committed to enrolling at NYU but are simply making that commitment a year in advance.

General Requirements for Deferment

  • Complete the NYU Deferred Enrollment Request Form, accessible through your NYU Applicant Portal, by June 1.
  • You may not defer your enrollment to attend another college or university.
  • You may not defer your enrollment to apply to other colleges and universities during your time away from NYU. If you do, your NYU Abu Dhabi admission will be revoked.
  • Forward your final high school transcript indicating date of graduation to the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions immediately upon graduation. It is your responsibility to ensure that an official, final high school transcript is received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

One Year Deferral

  • You will need to reconfirm enrollment in January. All access to your provided NYU account (including email) will be retrained for your deferred year.

Two Year Deferral

  • You are required to only reconfirm enrollment in the second January (i.e., January 2021, if deferring to fall 2022). However, please note that access to your NYU account (including the NYU email) will not be available for the first part of the deferred period (e.g., December 2020 to fall 2021 if deferring to fall 2022).  NYU Abu Dhabi Admissions will be contacting you via the email address you have originally applied with.

Financial Support


Housing is guaranteed for all NYU Abu Dhabi students.