Student Involvement

Giving Back to the Community

Commitment to service has always been a cornerstone of New York University. Our assumption is that prospective students, like most NYU Abu Dhabi students, are committed to finding ways to give back to their community, whether in the UAE, at a study away site, or at home. At NYUAD, we are building upon that tradition and commitment by encouraging students to forge new connections and develop skills in areas of civic responsibility, community engagement, and public leadership.


Being a volunteer with the Autism Support Network (ASN) and part of such a tight-knit organization has shown me the impact that an individual's commitment can have. I'm continually inspired and motivated by the hope that ASN offers to families who work with the network.

Hannah Taylor, Class of 2018

NYUAD students have many opportunities to volunteer and give back to the UAE community. The Office of Community Outreach provides guidance and empowers student leaders to design innovative ways to participate in civic engagement, public service, and research. We call our drive for social good #NYUADHeart.

We Help Our Students Get Started

  • We help you identify opportunities that are an appropriate fit for your interests, skills, and schedule. You may want to be involved in short-term projects with several organizations, while others may be seeking a longer-term commitment to one organization.

    Some projects may offer the chance to work with other students in a classroom or tutoring situation, while others may require physical activity. Some projects may be closely aligned with individual coursework, while others will offer the chance to try something new for the first time.

    Whatever your interests, our goal is to help you find the opportunity you are seeking.


The Special Needs Athletic Program (SNAP) with GOALS UAE offers as much to its volunteers as it does to the children it involves. Each week, we as volunteers got to experience a break from being the center of our own lives, instead getting to focus on bringing smiles and positive experiences to a group in the community that really benefits from and appreciates our efforts.

Liam Meier, Class of 2019

While I was starting to volunteer at the Future Center for Special Needs, I felt this responsibility to always show up since the students needed my presence in class, but the more I went the more I realised it was I who needed their smiles and laughs to go on with the rest of my day.

Dana Al Hosani, Class of 2018

Co-creating the Girls’ Education Network (GEN) has been a transformative experience! What began as a single workshop to celebrate International Day of the Girl in fall 2014 has grown into a semester-long program exploring concepts such as mindfulness, self-awareness, design thinking, and notions of leadership. It’s been incredible to witness the learning that has emerged from our lived experiences and our interactions with the workshop facilitators, the girls that we work with, and our many mentors. I am extremely grateful to the Office of Community Outreach for providing us with the resources and guidance we needed to learn and grow on this beautiful journey of self-exploration and collaboration. 

Ritu Muralidharan, Class of 2018

Volunteering at the Future Centre gave me a sense of deep connection with the UAE community. There comes a feeling of deep satisfaction when you walk into your classroom every week at the Future Centre and see the smiles of the children as they look at you. In that moment, you know that this feeling will always wander within you.

Warda Malik, Class of 2019

Supports Local Conservation Efforts

NYUAD organizes several initiatives each year and works closely with community partners such as Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, Goumbook, Home Education Network Abu Dhabi & Ajman University to support local conservation efforts.

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