Candidate Weekend

Candidate Weekend has been a vital part of the NYU Abu Dhabi admissions process since our very first admissions cycle. It is a unique and important chance to get a glimpse into what it’s like to live and learn in our global community. 

Candidate Weekend includes a series of sessions about the academic and student experience at NYU Abu Dhabi. In years past we have hosted Candidate Weekend in-person, and in the virtual space as an online event. Regardless of format, the objective of Candidate Weekend remains the same: to give a select group of applicants the opportunity to deeply assess NYU Abu Dhabi as a fit for their goals and aspirations.


All About Candidate Weekend

Participation in a Candidate Weekend is by invitation only, and all students who are invited are required to attend to remain eligible for admission. There are a number of changes this cycle, which we ask all applicants to take note of:

  • New this year, applicants may be selected for a 15-minute virtual conversation. No student will be invited to Candidate Weekend without participating in the conversation, but an invitation to have an admissions conversation does not guarantee an invitation to Candidate Weekend.
  • Conversation invitations will be sent on a rolling basis, beginning shortly after the application deadline, and continuing until Candidate Weekend invitations are extended.
  • Students who are invited to Candidate Weekend must attend in order to remain eligible for admission.
  • If you are applying for admission to NYU Abu Dhabi for the 2023-2024 cycle and live outside of the United Arab Emirates, we encourage you to apply for a passport now if you do not already have one.

Candidate Weekend consists of a series of events to help students gain a more complete understanding of the NYU Abu Dhabi experience — student life, academics, campus leadership.

The Candidate Weekend dates for the 2023-2024 application cycle are:

  • Early Decision I (vrtual) — December 9, 2023
  • Early Decision II (in person) — February 9-10, 2024
  • Regular Decision (in person) — March 8-9, 2024

At this time, the virtual format of Candidate Weekend is for EDI only. Candidate Weekend for EDII and RD will be hosted in person, on campus in Abu Dhabi.