My Studies

One of the perks of a liberal arts education at NYU Abu Dhabi is the freedom to construct your own education. That's what makes undergraduate experiences at NYUAD as diverse as our student body.

Why NYU Abu Dhabi?

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. Liberal arts education provides boundless opportunities. Learn more from the students themselves.

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

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

How to Choose a Major

NYU Abu Dhabi offers 24 undergraduate majors across Arts and HumanitiesEngineeringScience, and Social Science, and numerous multidisciplinary minors and specializations.

Not sure what you want to do? It's OK. Students typically declare a major after their first year. Read about some of our student's favorite courses to get inspired.

Arab Crossroads Studies

I really enjoy literature, especially its connection to or reflection of political movements and tendencies. 

Art and Art History

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


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

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

Computer Engineering

I have always wanted to make robots that can contribute to communities in innovative ways.

Computer Science

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


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

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

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

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


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

Interactive Media

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

Legal Studies

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

Literature and Creative Writing

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


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

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


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


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


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.


When testing the waters by taking a theater class became much more for me.