As a portal campus, NYU Abu Dhabi has a tight-knit, diverse community and over the past few years, visiting students have found their place in this community through student clubs, athletics, and volunteering with ease.

Watch the video below to see how Eleonora and David found their community in a weekly HUA fitness class!


Student Clubs

Student clubs at NYU Abu Dhabi are known as Student Interest Groups (SIGs). You can join over 50 of them at NYU Abu Dhabi. Join the Student Activities Fest at the start of the semester to learn more about them or simply browse through Engage.

Student event

Students celebrate the Hindu festival Holi

Examples of SIGs include:

Arts, Performance and Media

  • ExposureAD (Photography)
  • Music Society
Cultural, Identity or Religious
  • Abu Dhabi Christian Fellowship
  • Africa Global
  • Caribbean Student Association
  • Chinese Culture Club
  • Dongari the Korean SIG
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Nepali Student Association
  • Pakistani Student Association
  • Ramstna (learning Emirati dialect)
  • Students for Justice in Palestine
  • South Slavic Club
  • TASHAN: South Asian Culture Club
  • UAE Majlis

Outreach and Advocacy

  • ADvocacy (Community Service & Human Rights)
  • Ecoherence
  • Taaqa Student Energy

Professional or Academic  

  • Algorithm Problem Solving 
  • Beyond Borders Consulting 
  • Model United Nations Society at NYUAD
  • Society of International Affairs
  • Space Bar (Astronomy)
  • The Blockchain Collective 
  • User Experience at NYUAD 
  • weSTEM (Women in STEM)
Student Chapters and Associations
  • American Society of Civil Engineers at NYUAD 
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers at NYUAD
  • International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction Student Chapter at NYUAD

Sports and Recreation

  • Golf SIG 
  • Melting Pot (cooking) 
  • Parkour at NYUAD 
  • PAUSED: Video Games Society
Student playing a guitar

Students in the city

A picture from a basketball game showing players and audience

Watching NYUAD Basketball games brings the community together

Students in a huddle

Swimming Pool


Stay active through a number of sports and physical activity options at NYU Abu Dhabi. Explore over 40 Physical & Health Education classes, from indoor cycling, yoga, fencing, and performance boxing, to sailing, scuba diving, and golf. Register as an individual or as part of a team in Intramural Sports- Basketball, Futsal, Volleyball, Badminton. Join a Club Sport (Jiu-Jitsu, Tennis & Touch Rugby & Netball), or try out for an Intercollegiate Team (badminton, basketball, cricket, football, table tennis, or volleyball, swimming and Track & Field).

Sign up for our Group Fitness Classes(e.g. yoga, Zumba, boxing, indoor cycling). Take advantage of the competition pool, performance gymnasium, indoor track, squash courts, tennis courts, dance studio, as well as the outdoor track.

Looking forward to seeing you wearing violet with pride! #GoNYUAD


Learn about the UAE’s rich diversity and cultivate leadership skills through community service. At NYU Abu Dhabi, you can engage with the UAE community through service initiatives across 4 pillars:

  • Inclusion
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Cultural Preservation
  • Youth Education and Leadership
Student volunteers on a beach

Nurdle Hunting is a popular Office of Community Outreach event

Students volunteering

Students in the community

Examples of service opportunities include:

Special Needs Adaptive Program (SNAP): Coach UAE youth in inclusive and adaptive sports, such as basketball and aquatics

Boys’ and Girls’ Leadership Networks:
Facilitate workshops on social impact and leadership with grade school students

Mangrove Planting:
Join environmental restoration efforts towards the UAE’s goal of planting 100 million mangroves by 2030

Turtle Patrol: Protect turtle nests and the UAE’s biodiversity on Saadiyat Island