US and International Applicants

Welcome to a “study away” like no other.

Taking your college education overseas? We like the way you think. Everything you do at NYU Abu Dhabi — from the classes you take to the clubs you join and trips you take — is a global experience only possible at a global crossroads like the UAE. Build a network without borders, transform into a citizen of the world, and have the college experience of a lifetime.


Academics Built to Challenge and Inspire

Our liberal arts and sciences curriculum equips high-caliber students with the skills to navigate and communicate across disciplines. You’ll be empowered to tackle global challenges, and your solutions will unfold through research alongside supportive faculty from around the world.


Experience a Connected Campus

NYU Abu Dhabi’s 38-acre, pedestrian-only campus on Saadiyat Island is designed to foster an inclusive community in which students from across the globe live together, learn from one another, and form lifelong bonds. Look forward to:

  • State-of-the-art facilities for dining, innovation, and artistic expression
  • Cutting-edge research, experimental, and engineering labs
  • Art, new media, film production, and digital recording studios; and performance and music practice spaces
  • Modern fitness and athletic facilities with an Olympic-size swimming pool

Abu Dhabi: A Hot Spot for Entrepreneurship and Global Art

Abu Dhabi is the cosmopolitan capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Known for its beautiful landscapes of beaches and sand dunes, this multi-cultural city is teeming with things to see, do and eat. You’ll use Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a tool for cultural and intellectual discovery through coursework, internships, community service, and individual exploration. It’s also a convenient launch pad for even more international adventures.


Health and Safety Standards

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. Abu Dhabi has been ranked the safest city in the Middle East and Africa by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safest Cities Index 2021. Our Department of Public Safety works in conjunction with the Office of Global Programs to create a safe and secure environment for learning and exploration. Students have access to the Health Center, a pharmacy on campus, and a variety of mental health resources, and special programming and initiatives from the Wellness Department.

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, our community is committed to creating a safe environment for living and learning through a set of evolving mandates and protocols in conjunction with the UAE government and global NYU directives. We are limiting density on campus, employing widespread case monitoring, testing, and distance guidelines, and considering ongoing global travel restrictions, among other considerations.

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Meet Our Students

Studies at NYUAD

I wanted to be an engineer, but more fundamentally I wanted to begin interacting with the wider world.

A Reflection on J-Term

Studying hard is important but [J-Term in] Sydney taught me that taking care of myself was just as important.

Majoring in Theater

I wanted to go somewhere where I would be making theater with people all over the world.

Physics Course Spotlight

By mid semester, we had gone over the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism, and had a fairly solid understanding of them. Then we started learning about special relativity.