NYU Abu Dhabi Undergraduate Degree

NYU Abu Dhabi
NYU Abu Dhabi
NYU Abu Dhabi
NYU Abu Dhabi
📍 Abu Dhabi,
🗣 English
💰 Need-based financial aid
🤓 2,000 Students
🌏 80% International
✅ Eligibility
- Citizens of any country
- Recommended that applicants will turn 17 by August 15th
🗓 Deadlines
Early Decision I: November 1
Early Decision II: January 1
Regular Decision: January 5


NYU Abu Dhabi offers a core curriculum, 25 majors (with a new major in Business, Organizations and Society awaiting governmental approval), numerous multidisciplinary and disciplinary minors and specializations, pre-professional courses, and electives in a variety of fields. As the student body and faculty grow, new courses are developed to reflect student interests and expanding faculty expertise. The offerings at NYU Abu Dhabi are also enriched by the wide array of programs across NYU’s global network. During four years of undergraduate study, students have an extensive choice of courses in all disciplines and are able to fulfill all requirements.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

International students, regardless of citizenship, are eligible for a need-based financial aid which includes:

  1. Merit-based support for admitted UAE Nationals, and children of Emirati women

  2. Need-based scholarships and grants, depending on the student's financial need as determined by the CSS Profile.

Financial aid is generally renewable at the same level for all four years as long as you:

  1. Enroll full-time (which is a minimum of 12 credits or more) in the fall and spring semesters

  2. Continue to stay in good academic standing

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Support at nyuad.financial.support@nyu.edu if they have any questions.


  • Early Decision I: November 1

  • Early Decision II: January 1

  • Regular Decision: January 5

Application Requirements

Common Application

NYU accepts applications through the Common Application for all three degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, or Shanghai.

Supporting Materials

  • School Report and Transcripts

  • Counselor and Teacher Evaluations

  • Self Reported Academic Record

Standardized Tests

English Language Testing

  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test)

  • Duolingo English Test

  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

  • PTE Academic (Pearsons Test of English Academic)

  • C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency)

  • iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency). We will accept results from the in-person or online version

Other Tests

Submit ONE of the following:

  • SAT (essay test not required)

  • ACT (writing test not required)

  • Three SAT Subject Test scores

  • Three AP exam scores

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

  • Three IB higher-level exam scores if not an IB Diploma candidate

  • Certain nationally accredited exams that show you completed your secondary education. You can use our international qualifications tool to see if your national exam meets our requirements.

Please note: In light of COVID-19, NYU will remain test-optional for students applying for the 2022-2023 application cycle. All applying students are NOT required to submit standardized testing.


This is one of the most important parts of your NYU application. Every student applying to any NYU campus must submit a short response to the same question on the Common Application: Why NYU?

Sending Documents

To be considered official, all documents (including academic transcripts) require an original signature of the registrar or other designated school official, or the institution's seal. If a document isn't in English, then a translation should be provided (a school official or a translation agency accredited in your country can issue the translation). All official testing should come from the relevant examination board or testing agency.

Application Fee and Fee Waiver

Application Fee: Nonrefundable USD 80 application fee.

Students who feel that the application fee would pose a financial hardship may request a fee waiver. All applicants will be asked "Do you feel that your financial circumstances might qualify you for an application fee waiver?" on the Common Application. If you would like to request a fee waiver, please answer "yes" when prompted by the Common Application. Please select the fee waiver that makes the most sense for you in that section. The waiver will be automatically approved and we may request documentation at a later date, if necessary. Requesting a fee waiver will not disadvantage an applicant in any way.

We cannot consider your fee waiver request after you apply for admission if you did not respond with "yes" on the Common Application.