Director's Statement

NYU Abu Dhabi delivers an outstanding liberal arts and sciences education to students from around the world with a distinctive focus on leadership and intercultural understanding. Now marking its milestone 10-year anniversary, NYU Abu Dhabi offers a full range of courses across academic majors in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts and engineering. Classes are small and engaging; professors are accessible and inspiring; and opportunities for belonging to the community on and off campus are threaded throughout.

Our offerings are enhanced by our unique position in a place of tremendous and rapid change - a place that is redefining notions of the Middle East and Arab and Islamic culture.


Our home, Abu Dhabi, is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a federation of seven emirates (states) formed in 1971, located along the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. In four short decades, Abu Dhabi has become one of the Middle East’s most important economic and cultural centers. The City boasts a diverse population of 1.4 million, 80% of whom are international residents from approximately 150 countries. You hear English spoken as often as Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, and Malayalam. We live on Saadiyat Island, the cultural district of Abu Dhabi, where NYU Abu Dhabi is located alongside the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, the future Guggenheim Museum, a National Museum in honor of the founder of the country Sheikh Zayed as well as The Houses of Abraham, a spiritual and educational center bringing together a mosque, a church, and a synagogue.

Our campus was designed to promote interaction between living and learning, research and teaching, and the disciplines as well as faculty, students, and staff. You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, art and music spaces, and other facilities that enrich the day-to-day life of our community members. Along with classmates from over 120 countries and the Emirates, you can spend your free time learning about different cultures, sampling the country’s diverse international cuisine, playing sports or relaxing on one of the country’s most beautiful beaches.

The students who have come before you have been intellectually curious, adventuresome, hardworking scholars and mindful community members.


They have connected broadly and deeply in classes, residential life, sports teams, student clubs, student government, and in the community. They have returned to New York and Shanghai with a new story to tell about this part of the Middle East, many with a dream for the future that might include continuing their studies or working here and with friends from around the world.

We invite you to join us to continue that tradition of great cultural exploration, deep learning, and enjoying all that NYU Abu Dhabi and the UAE has to offer.

 السلام عليكم. Peace be upon you.

Carol Brandt
Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor,
Global Education and Outreach
NYU Abu Dhabi

Carol Brandt

Carol Brandt - NYU Abu Dhabi

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Priority: February 15

Regular: March 15

Applications received after March 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Admission will be granted only when space is available and time allows for required travel documents to be attained.