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NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is a research university that fully integrates a liberal arts and science undergraduate college, organically linked to a major university in the United States. Over time, NYU Abu Dhabi will also offer distinctive graduate and professional programs.

NYU Abu Dhabi's undergraduate curriculum exposes students to challenging ideas, bodies of knowledge, cultural traditions, and transformative achievements. It deepens reflection about the human condition and encourages students to work with others in shared projects. In so doing, a liberal arts approach to learning helps students think creatively, understand complex problems and social issues, develop leadership skills, and realize their potential.

NYU Abu Dhabi, together with NYU New York, form the backbone of a Global Network University, creating a unique and unprecedented capacity for faculty and students to access all the resources of a research university system across five continents.

Drawing on both the traditions of the finest liberal arts and sciences colleges and the exceptional resources of a major research university, NYUAD provides students with unmatched attention from professors who are leaders of their field, and with a unique and high-talent peer group.

Research at NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi, through the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, is a world-class center of cutting-edge research, scholarship and cultural activity. The Institute creates singular opportunities for leading faculty members from across the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, engineering, and the professions to carry out creative scholarship and conduct research on issues of major disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and global significance.

Graduate Education

NYU’s most selective graduate and professional schools in New York will offer special consideration to NYU Abu Dhabi students who apply to these schools for graduate education. This special consideration recognizes the distinctiveness of an NYU Abu Dhabi education and the exceptional talent of the students who will enroll at NYU Abu Dhabi’s World’s Honors College. Participating schools will award scholarships covering full tuition for their studies to a select number of qualifying NYU Abu Dhabi graduates.

Participating Graduate and Professional Schools and Programs

To better facilitate this special admissions consideration, a designee from the Office of the Dean and a designated admissions officer from each of the schools will be available throughout an NYU Abu Dhabi student’s undergraduate years to counsel him or her on the school’s admissions process. Both the Office of the Dean and admissions officers will be available to interested NYU Abu Dhabi students through e-mail, one-on-one counseling in Abu Dhabi and New York, and scheduled information sessions.

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Abu Dhabi: A New World City

NYU Abu Dhabi brings the benefits of NYU’s international prominence and worldwide network of thinkers, scholars, scientists, artists, and leaders in all fields of human enterprise to the global crossroads of Abu Dhabi. We are helping to build one of the world’s next great idea capitals. Learn more about Abu Dhabi


Message from Al Bloom, Vice Chancellor, NYU Abu Dhabi

What drew me to New York University Abu Dhabi is likely to draw you here as well: The opportunity to be among the pioneers who shape one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the world. Located at a new crossroads of the world, enriched by the intellectual vitality and research opportunities of a new world-class research institute, and benefiting from an active connection to NYU New York and other NYU global sites, NYU Abu Dhabi will provide the finest preparation for careers in a global world and for leadership in enhancing the quality of that world. Read more...


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