Candidate Weekend

Candidate Weekend is a unique part of the NYU Abu Dhabi admissions process, a chance to experience life in NYU Abu Dhabi's global community and explore the cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi.

As a participant, you will a take sample class, engage in one-on-one discussions with NYUAD leadership and faculty, meet your fellow candidates and current students, and learn as much as possible about the opportunities available to NYUAD students — all in just under 48 hours!

Participation in a Candidate Weekend is a required component of the NYU Abu Dhabi application process, and applicants who are considered admissible on the basis of their application will be invited to participate. Receiving an invitation to Candidate Weekend, however, is not equivalent to an offer of admission. Candidate Weekend is used to evaluate your fit for NYU Abu Dhabi — but also for you to decide if NYU Abu Dhabi is the right fit for you.

Participation is highly selective and by invitation only. While every Candidate Weekend experience is unique, we hope to get the opportunity to learn more about you and your interest in NYU Abu Dhabi.

All About Candidate Weekend

  • If you are invited to participate in Candidate Weekend, you will be provided

    • Round-trip, economy class airfare from an international airport in your country. (If you are resident in the UAE, you will be provided with local transportation to campus.)
    • Accommodation on campus.
    • Meals for the duration of the weekend.
    • A study visa,  if required, that allows you to travel to the UAE. (Arranged by NYU Abu Dhabi’s immigration office.)
    • Basic health and travel insurance policy for the duration of the weekend.

Sample Schedule

A snapshot of activities on Candidate Weekend.

Day Activities
Arrival Day Touch down in the UAE, come to campus, and participate in optional activities
Day 1 Welcome from the Vice Chancellor
Sample class with faculty
Academics discussion and fair
Dinner in the desert
Day 2 Campus and Abu Dhabi city tour
Campus Life discussion and fair
Conversations with faculty and staff
Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Farewell dinner
Departure Day Bid farewell to campus and Abu Dhabi