My Studies

One of the perks of a liberal arts education at NYU Abu Dhabi is the freedom to construct your own education.
Find unexpected intersections across disciplines, be creative and show leadership in making your choices.  That's what makes undergraduate experiences at NYUAD as diverse as its student body.

Liberal Arts Education

At NYUAD,  you are encouraged to explore non-traditional course paths and combine unrelated majors and minors like computer science and theater, or physics and philosophy.

Adrienne Chang

I decided to accept NYU Abu Dhabi because it offered me flexibility in my studies.


Amber Nomani

The teacher to student ratio was one of the larger reasons to come here.


Arianna Stucki

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


Daniel Carelli

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


Gloria Jansen

I struggled with the idea of having to focus on only one thing at university in Europe, which was where I thought I would end up.


Hurbert Shauri

What I learn in sports does not just stop on the pitch. It seeps into our daily lives, in almost everything we do. It is a lifestyle.

Civil Engineering

Merima Sabanovic

Science requires one to always be abreast with current advancement. I enjoy that constant pursuit of knowledge.


Nada Ammagui

I didn't have a concrete idea of what I wanted to study, but I knew I wanted to take advantage of NYUAD’s strategic location.

Arab Crossroads Studies

Norbert Monti

I cherish the opportunity to live and breathe in places I do not know because it is the best way to learn about it.

Political Science, Economics

Suraiya Yahia

I grew up in different parts of the world and have always been exposed to very international contexts. NYUAD was the perfect place for someone like me.

Economics and Mathematics

Picking a Major Course

NYU Abu Dhabi offers 24 undergraduate majors across Arts and HumanitiesEngineeringScience, and Social Science, and numerous multidisciplinary minors and specializations. Our students share their experiences on why they choose specific majors and courses. 

Art and Art History Major

This course provided the environment, structure and guidance to explore my creativity and artistic skill on a larger level.

Biology Major

I took this class to thoroughly understand the science and applications of the field, and hope to continue my postgraduate education with a PhD in human genetics.

Civil Engineering Major

I really enjoyed the TED talk style presentations — it brought out a creative side from my classmates I had not seen before.

Computer Science Major

Algorithms provides me the foundation for a computer science degree in understanding algorithms and sets of instructions to perform a particular operation.

Economics Major

I took this class because I wanted to explore the world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, as I see myself working in this area in the future.

Electrical Engineering Major

As an electrical engineer in my final year, this course lets me apply all of my past knowledge to design and implement various control systems from scratch.

Film and New Media Major

I still have a long way to go but I am more aware of myself as a film student because of the class.

General Engineering Major

I was immersed in a foreign culture, conducting ethnographic research and critically assessing applications and innovations through a volunteer project with Habitat for Humanity. 

History Major

I chose my major by looking at what makes me happy and what I am passionate about— which is politics and history. 

Interactive Media Major

This class teaches me the basics of using electronic components and soldering to be able to build circuits that produce sound and light. 

Legal Ethics Major

This course balances between theory and empirical research about the legal profession with US legal ethics rules and case law.

Literature and Creative Writing Major

I absolutely love classics like Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, and Dracula, but I’ve also been curious about what gives classics their status as classics.

Mathematics Major

Probability is very useful in many areas of computer science, so I thought it would be a good idea to have a rigorous grasp of the fundamentals.

Mechanical Engineering Major

My goal is to specialize in nanotechnology; specifically researching inventions that will impact the world of medicine. 

Music Major

As a singer-songwriter, this course was essential to me since we widely covered the different tools available to modern music production. 

Philosophy Major

I am curious about the concept of logic, and I also want to hone my logical thinking skills.

Physics Major

Taking courses that weren't directly related to my major like a jazz course in New York, or an introduction to programming course have definitely enriched my experience.