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 70 of them at NYU Abu Dhabi. Participate in athletic opportunities like wakeboarding, capoeira, horseback riding, and scuba diving. Spend time exploring art, music, and food.

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Examples of SIGs include:

  • ADvocacy (Community Service and Human Rights)
  • Arab Culture Club
  • Association of South Asian Cultural Understanding
  • Africa Global
  • Business and Finance Society
  • Beyond Borders Consulting
  • Caribbean Students Association
  • Chinese Culture Club
  • Debate Society
  • Ecoherence
  • Equestrian
  • hackAD
  • Outed: The Outdoors Adventuring SIG at NYUAD
  • Pre-Health Advisory Board
  • Society for Global Development
  • Spacious (Mindfulness)
  • Stern Political Economy Exchange Abu Dhabi (Business)
  • Students for Justice in Palestine
  • Society of International Affairs
  • UAE Majlis
  • Latinoamerica Student Interest Group
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Pakistani Students Association
  • weSTEM (Women and gender minorities in STEM)
  • Women's Leadership Network
  • Woodworking
  • ElevatEd (education)
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Stay active through a number of sports and fitness options at NYU Abu Dhabi. Explore over 40 Physical Education classes, from indoor cycling, yoga, fencing, and performance boxing, to sailing, scuba diving, and golf. Register as an individual or as a member of a team in our intramural sports (basketball, floor hockey, futsal, or volleyball). Join a club sport (Jiu-Jitsu, swimming, tennis), or try out for an intercollegiate team (badminton, basketball, cricket, football, table tennis, or volleyball).

Sign up for our group fitness classes (e.g. yoga, Zumba, boxing, indoor cycling), personal small group training, online 'Go-Solo' workouts, or the fitness games and challenges. Take advantage of the competition pool, performance gymnasium, indoor track, squash courts, tennis courts, dance studio, as well as the outdoor track and football fields. Visit the Physical Education page on the main NYU Abu Dhabi website for more information.


Volunteer while you're at NYU Abu Dhabi, which is connected to over 45 organizations in the UAE.

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Examples of volunteer organizations that NYUAD community members have been involved with include:

  • Autism Inclusion Conference
  • Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
  • Future Rehabilitation Center
  • Special Needs Adaptive Program (SNAP) basketball and aquatics
  • Terry Fox Run
  • Turtle Patrol
  • UAE Special Olympics

Some popular community service events include:

Abu Dhabi Art: An annual art festival at Manarat al Saadiyat, where students have the opportunity to volunteer with local and global prominent artists

Abu Dhabi Festival:
Volunteers are needed at this annual festival organized by Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation

Pink Run:
Volunteers help provide event support for this annual city run held at Zayed Sports City to raise funds for breast cancer

The Future Center Fundraising Gala:
Volunteers support this annual formal fundraising event at the British Embassy gardens to raise funds for children with special needs