NYU Abu Dhabi Student FAQ
What do I do if I have a medical concern in the evening or on the weekend?
Call 999 and Public Safety (02 628 7777) for any life or limb threatening medical emergencies. For less serious concerns, when the health center is closed, students can call the Nurse Advice Line (02 628 8100) and speak to a registered nurse who will help answer their medical concerns and/or direct them to care as appropriate.
How far is the nearest pharmacy?
Al Manara Pharmacy is open on campus. It operates Sunday-Thursday 11am - 6pm during the academic year. Free, regularly scheduled shuttles are available into the city and to Yas Island where other pharmacies are located. The pharmacy at the St Regis does not accept the student health insurance.
How far is the nearest hospital?
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) is the nearest hospital, and it is a 10-minute ride from campus. In addition to emergency room visits, students are referred to community hospitals and providers for x-rays, blood work or referral to a specialist. Free, regularly scheduled shuttles drop students off near many of the referral locations and are often used by students for their routine appointments. All students have local health insurance and can access care at any local participating providers, such as Harley Street Medical Center, Advanced Cure Diagnostic Center, are open evenings and on Saturdays, CCAD and Burjeel Hospitals operate 24/7.
Is there a counselor on campus? Are there a limited number of sessions?
Psychologists (3) are available for one-to-one counseling sessions by appointment throughout the academic year. The approach is short term and goal focused, but there is no limit to the number of sessions a student can attend.
Please arrange an appointment in person, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 628 8124.
What if I have a mental health concern in the evening or on the weekend?
The Wellness Exchange (02 628 5555) a 24/7 mental health hotline, connects students to a mental health specialist.
Are antidepressants available?
Yes, Prozac, Zoloft and Celexa and several other medications are available at larger pharmacies. As anti-depressants are controlled substances in the UAE, not all medications are available and students may have to renew their prescriptions monthly. Students can consider bringing prescription medicine from home, but it is mandatory to have the original prescription bottle and a physician signed prescription.
Are ADD/ADHD drugs available?
Yes, though there are some common prescriptions such as Adderall that are not available in the UAE. As these prescriptions are controlled substances in the UAE, not all medications are available and students may have to renew their prescriptions monthly, signed by a UAE psychiatrist. This can be facilitated by our counseling team. Students can consider bringing prescription medicine from home, but it is mandatory to have the original prescription bottle and a physician signed stamped prescription.
Can I bring in my own antidepressants or ADD/ADHD meds into the country?
Yes. These medications should be in their original prescription bottle and accompanied by a signed and stamped doctor's note.
Can I ship medications into the country?
Shipping medication into the country is not recommended, as there may be issues with customs.
Can I continue my allergy shots on campus?
The Health & Wellness Center does not administer allergy shots. Students can be referred to community allergists, but this is not covered by the health insurance and specific serums may not be available. Routinely, UAE allergists will conduct their own testing and prescribe based upon their findings.
If I bring my medications, will the nurses administer them?
Health & Wellness does not administer medications prescribed by physicians outside of the UAE or that have been transported from other countries. For medications prescribed by local physicians, the nurses will offer education and support on self-administration techniques.
Can the health center store my medications?
Health & Wellness does not store individual student medications. The medical staff will assist students in arranging for proper storage in their residences.
Are my diabetic supplies available?
Insulin is readily available by prescription. However, the availability of certain brands of medical supplies cannot be guaranteed. Diabetic patients are referred to a community endocrinologist who can prescribe appropriate and available medications and supplies.
Are travel vaccines available?
Vaccines and prescriptions for anti-malarial medications are provided by appointment at the Health & Wellness Center for school-related travel. The yellow fever vaccine is only available at certain UAE government health facilities.
Are oral contraceptives pills available?
Yes, there are a few brands of oral contraceptives available, namely Yasmin, Yaz, Diane-35 and Marvelon. They are prescribed as a means of contraception for married women and as medical treatment for certain health conditions for unmarried women. They are not covered by Oman Health Insurance (OIC), even if prescribed for a medical condition. The cost is approximately 7-20 US dollars/ month, depending on the brand. Supply can be an issue and certain brands can become unavailable without notice.
Can I bring my own birth control pills?
Yes, you may bring your own personal supply of birth control pills into the country. The medication must be in your name and should have an accompanying signed and stamped doctor's note. Geo blue insurance (insurance for outside the UAE) may cover the cost of Birth Control Pills up to one year. Oman Insurance Company (OIC, local UAE insurance provider) does not cover the cost of Birth Control Pills.
Are condoms available?
Condoms can be obtained at Health & Wellness and are readily available over the counter at any pharmacy and grocery stores.
What is the legal drinking age?
It is illegal to drink alcohol on a student visa, regardless of age. Public intoxication can have serious legal consequences and visa implications.