Choosing a university is a big decision that impacts the entire family. Whether your student is traveling a few hours or halfway across the globe to study at NYU Abu Dhabi, we are committed to supporting you while you support your student.


Understanding the NYUAD Experience

If you want your student to have a college experience like no other, then NYU Abu Dhabi is the place for them. Living and learning in a community of students from six continents who speak over 115 languages will transform the way your student sees the world and their place in it. They’ll leave equipped with the skills to solve our world’s most pressing challenges and approach every situation with a global mindset.


What Will an NYUAD Degree Do For Your Student?

The NYU Abu Dhabi academic experience is designed to nurture every facet of your student’s intellectual and cultural development.

  • Our broad, four-year education encourages students to innovate and push the frontiers of any discipline.
  • A strong foundation of liberal arts and sciences courses instill critical thinking, analytical, communication, and research skills that will carry them through any career path.
  • Research opportunities in state of the art facilities let students solve local and global challenges through innovative thinking while promoting cross-discipline collaboration.
  • Internship opportunities at the world’s most prestigious organizations and working partnerships with local institutions provide real-world training and hands-on learning experiences.

NYUAD Graduates Soar to Incredible Heights

Our mix of world-class academics, undergraduate research, career preparation, and cultural experiences results in students who are hirable for life.

  • 93 percent of graduates are employed, in graduate school, engaged in a fellowship, or taking a gap year.
  • They find work all around the world, with largest NYUAD alumni concentrations in UAE, United States, the United Kingdom, India, Turkey, and China.
  • About a third of graduates are accepted into the world’s top institutions for graduate school, including Cornell, Harvard, Yale, and Oxford.
  • Our students are regular recipients of Schwarzman, Rhodes, and Erasmus Mundus scholarships.
  • Nearly 30 percent of graduates are hired by their internship employers.

A Transformative Experience, Here and Away

Everything your student needs to succeed is all in one place: dining, fitness, state of the art classrooms and labs, performance and rehearsal venues, the NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center, and so much more. Our unique campus was designed to encourage a sense of community between students, faculty, staff, and the local community, and all undergraduate students are able to live on campus.

Global study is a cornerstone of the NYUAD experience. Your student will be encouraged to expand their horizons and spend up to two semesters studying away in the NYU global network. In addition, a three-week January Term and Summer Terms can also be taken in Abu Dhabi or another NYU global learning site.


The Chance to Study at the Crossroads of the World

Abu Dhabi is a modern city at the forefront of innovation, creativity, and transformation. Recently voted the safest city in the Middle East and Africa, Abu Dhabi is one of the very best cities to live, learn, work, and explore. NYU Abu Dhabi’s 38-acre, pedestrian-only campus is situated just 15 minutes from the city center in the cultural district of Saadiyat Island. Your student will become immersed in Abu Dhabi and the UAE through classes, internships, community service, and casual travel. Rest assured NYUAD is committed to preserving a safe and secure campus for the community.


Important Application Information

NYU Abu Dhabi is a highly selective university. Read more information about our selection process. Your student’s application will have the two components:

  1. Common Application (If the application fee causes a financial hardship, students can request a fee waiver on the Common Application)
  2. School report (including a letter from a guidance counselor and a transcript)
Application Deadlines
Early Decision I November 1
Early Decision II January 1
Regular Decision January 5

Financial Aid

To be considered for need-based aid, you must submit the CSS Profile (and noncustodial parent’s Profile or CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent, if applicable) by the required financial aid deadline. NYUAD provides greater financial assistance to undergraduate students who file on time and demonstrate financial need as determined by the CSS Profile.

Supporting documentation may be required upon NYU’s receipt of your CSS Profile. Please do not submit any additional documents unless requested.

Admitted Emirati nationals and children of Emirati mothers are awarded the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed NYUAD Scholarship for Exceptional Emirati Students. This scholarship covers the tuition, registration fees, foreign travel for study integral to a student's academic program, NYUAD room and board, health insurance, books, and many campus life activities for four years.

Additionally, UAE national students may be eligible for a need-based personal support award. A CSS Profile application and demonstrated financial need is required, annually, to be considered for this award.

Submitting the CSS Profile is optional and this application will not impact the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed NYUAD Scholarship for Exceptional Emirati Students.


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