Cost of Attendance

The budgets below represent the estimated annual cost (in US dollars) of education for full-time undergraduate students at NYU Abu Dhabi. The calculations are for fall and spring semesters only, which include tuition, foreign travel for study integral to a student's academic program, food and housing, student health insurance, personal expenses, books, and campus life activities.

Annual adjustments to the costs and fees at NYU Abu Dhabi may be necessary. Estimated travel cost is based on two round trip tickets to and from home and NYU Abu Dhabi each year. Students’ travel costs will vary based on their home location and other factors.


Important Considerations

  • The estimated cost of attendance may differ from a student's actual charges once they are posted on their university (bursar) bill, as the cost of attendance is an estimated amount.
  • The university bill will be issued by the Student Finance Office and viewable through the NYU eSuite every semester that you are enrolled. For questions regarding your bill/charges you may contact Student Finance at
  • Students must be covered by health insurance that originates in the UAE to be eligible for the required entry visa. As such, the student health insurance is a mandatory fee and charges vary.

Estimated Cost of Attendance in 2024-2025

Calculations in US dollars

Estimated Cost of Attendance in 2023-2024

Calculations in US dollars


How Is Financial Aid Applied to the Cost of Attendance?

The Cost of Attendance (COA) listed represents the estimated annual cost of education to attend NYUAD as a full-time undergraduate student for one academic year. The above COA reflects the fall and spring semesters only. Being enrolled in 12-18 credits is considered being a full-time student. If you are enrolling in summer and/or J-Terms the estimated COA for those semester(s) will be accessible on your NYU Albert Student Center closer to the start of that semester.

Annual adjustments to the costs and fees at NYU Abu Dhabi may be necessary and should be expected. The estimated COA consists of direct and indirect expenses.

Direct expenses are costs that are charged by the university. The Student Finance Office will send out billing notifications each semester. Charges that will be displayed on your university bill will include tuition, books, student health insurance, NYU housing and meals (food), VAT for meals (food), and VAT for Student Health Insurance. If you have any questions regarding billing or charges please contact the Student Finance Office at

For students whose financial aid includes the NYUAD Grant award, the amount offered will apply first towards tuition followed by any other billable charges accordingly. If your financial aid includes the NYUAD Housing Grant, the amount offered will be applied towards your NYU housing and food charges accordingly. 

If you opt out of NYU housing and meal plan, your NYUAD Housing Grant award (if applicable) will be canceled as you will not incur charges for housing and meals (food) through NYU. If you choose to retain only the NYU meal plan your NYUAD Housing Grant will be adjusted.

Indirect expenses are costs, estimated within the COA, that students may incur during the academic year. These estimations can be used for planning purposes. You will not see these expenses charged on your semester’s university (bursar) bill. These estimated expenses may vary for each student. Indirect costs include estimated personal and estimated travel expenses.

If your financial aid includes the NYUAD Personal Support and/or NYUAD Travel Support awards, you will receive additional information from the Student Finance Office and the Office of Global Education on how those awards will be provided. 

The Student Finance Office will distribute the personal support (Falcon Dirhams) for eligible students each semester. For additional questions you may email

The Office of Global Education administers travel for home and study away semesters for eligible students. For additional questions you may email


Renewal of Financial Aid

Financial aid is generally renewed at the same level that is offered at the time of admission for all four years as long as you meet the following criteria:

  • Enroll full-time (which means a minimum of 12 credits/semester) in the fall and spring semesters and
  • Continue to stay in good academic standing (more information can be found under the Academic Policies > Academic Standing heading).

Outside Financial Support

If you expect to receive financial support from a source outside of your family, please notify the Office of Financial Aid of that assistance. Such support may be in the form of government grants, scholarships from community organizations, or other sources. Any such financial support from an external source will be considered in determining the amount of financial aid you ultimately receive from NYU Abu Dhabi. Your combined awards cannot exceed the estimated annual Cost of Attendance.
Students are encouraged to contact our office at if you have any questions.


Travel Planning

It is important to note if your financial aid includes the NYUAD Travel Support award (home travel), please do not make your own travel arrangements. The Office of Global Education will provide more information and instructions about your travel to Abu Dhabi in mid-May.

If your financial aid offer does not include the travel support award, you are responsible for obtaining your flight to campus and you need to make sure you book your flight landing in Abu Dhabi during the scheduled move-in dates for Marhaba. Due to UAE visa regulations, it is necessary for all flights to be booked for arrival in Abu Dhabi (not Dubai or Sharjah).

Please note that in mid-May you will also receive more information about the UAE visa process. Once the visa procurement process begins, please do not plan any kind of travel through the UAE prior to Marhaba as this would invalidate the entry permit the University will be arranging for you.

If you have any questions about travel and visa requirements you may send your inquiry to the Office of Global Education — Student Mobility at:


Financial Aid for Study Away, J-Term, and Summer Session

Study Away

The NYU tuition, NYUAD Student health insurance, and AD Health Insurance VAT charges will be the same as if you were studying in Abu Dhabi when enrolling at an NYU global site for your study away semester. NYU housing and food charges will vary depending on your selected study site. Your NYUAD grant (if applicable) for the semester away will apply towards your university charges the same as if you were studying in Abu Dhabi. Students are responsible for any costs not covered with their financial aid.

It is important to note that some of the costs while studying away may be more than when you are studying in Abu Dhabi. Such differences may be in your NYU housing/food and/or travel costs. For planning purposes we recommend that you review the estimated Study Away Costs for each NYU global site from the NYU Office of Global Programs.

We also advise students to contact the NYUAD Office of Global Education at for questions regarding the study away process.

Required J-Term (January/June) Sessions

These are classes that NYU Abu Dhabi students must enroll in to meet their degree requirements. These are NYU Abu Dhabi classes though the course might be taught abroad at the various NYU sites. Only NYU Abu Dhabi students are eligible to enroll in these classes. NYUAD tuition, program fee, and on-campus housing and meal* (food) charges will be covered by NYU Abu Dhabi for your required J-Term session(s) as determined by your degree requirements. 

Summer Study in Abu Dhabi

These are the classes offered by NYU Abu Dhabi during the summer session that must be on campus. NYUAD tuition and on-campus housing and meal* (food) charges will be covered for one Abu Dhabi-based summer class. Additional summer terms may be supported based on demonstrated academic need as determined by Academic Affairs. 

In accordance with the Federal Decree Law No (8) of 2017, a Value Added Tax (VAT) will be applied to the Meals charge at the rate of 5%. Students who receive partial financial aid during the fall and spring semesters will be responsible to cover the VAT charges during any given semester, including J-Term and summer.

Summer Study Away 

These are classes during the summer session that are abroad and are offered by other NYU schools. NYU Abu Dhabi does not offer grant aid for summer classes abroad that are offered by other NYU schools. For tuition charges/billing inquiries please contact Student Finance at