Medical Services in Abu Dhabi

Required vaccinations are listed in the Health Requirements section below. Additional recommended vaccinations include:

Typhoid vaccine

Hepatitis A & B vaccines


The NYU Abu Dhabi Health and Wellness Center is a fully accredited, on-campus health care facility committed to providing comprehensive, high-quality, student-centered health care and wellness services for all currently registered NYU, NYUSH, and NYUAD students.

NYU Abu Dhabi has onsite physician: Khalid Malik, MD, MBA

Mental Health Services in Abu Dhabi

While studying abroad can be an incredible experience, it often takes time to adjust to a new culture, living arrangements, food, language and immersion in the unfamiliar. Some students may feel overwhelmed, others homesick. Some may feel afraid, and others depressed. Students may just feel out of sorts.

Attitudes toward counseling, or therapy, vary from one country to another. Similarly, the availability of resources and quality of services may differ from what a student is accustomed to in their home country. Therefore, it makes sense to plan ahead before departure. Call the Wellness Exchange at +1.212.443.9999 or write to if help is needed in making connections to mental health professionals abroad.

To meet the diverse mental health and wellness needs of our students, NYU Abu Dhabi has three onsite clinical psychologists, Dr. Rami Alshihabi, Dr. Vedrana Mladina, and Virginie Sidi Ali Mebarek who are based in the Health & Wellness Center, to support students during their time abroad and to assist them in connecting locally to additional mental health resources. To make an appointment with any of the psychologists/counselors, please contact or stop by the Health & Wellness Center.

If a student is presently taking prescribed psychotropic medication, it is advised that the student meet with the prescribing physician to discuss the plan for obtaining prescription refills while studying abroad. Not all psychotropic medications are available in the countries a student is traveling to. Please contact the Wellness Exchange or to inquire about availability of your prescriptions in Abu Dhabi.

In the event that the prescription is not available in Abu Dhabi, students should receive enough medication to last until their return. (Note: for some conditions and some medications, this is not possible).

If the student's prescription is available in Abu Dhabi, NYU Abu Dhabi Health & Wellness or the Wellness Exchange can provide the student with referrals to local psychiatrists who accept the student's insurance and who can follow the student (in collaboration with the onsite healthcare team) and write prescription refills. Please note that prescriptions from foreign doctors cannot be filled in Abu Dhabi.

Insurance Services in Abu Dhabi

New York University requires that students studying away as part of their education program be covered under an NYU-sponsored health insurance plan. Students must continue to maintain health insurance coverage in their home countries in the event they need to return home.

For more information about these plans and benefits, please click here.

Health Requirements in Abu Dhabi

Health Requirements for All Students

Meningococcal vaccine is required for all undergraduate students.

Recommended Vaccinations

NYU Student Health Center – Travel Medicine Department