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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, November 08, 2015: Students are seen studying around the NYU Abu Dhabi campus on Saadiyat Island. (Photo / Silvia Razgova - Philip Cheung)

What do you want to be doing in 10, 20, or 30 years? It’s a big question—but NYU Abu Dhabi’s pre-professional courses are here to help you answer it. NYU Abu Dhabi offers students access to a variety of pre-professional electives to help them learn about potential career paths. Combining experiential learning with community engagement, these courses connect students with local organizations and businesses. What’s more, they’re open to every major, and you can take as many or as few as you’d like.

At present, six pre-professional tracks offer dozens of courses. While some are cross-listed with majors and minors, students are encouraged to balance professional preparation with a liberal arts education and pursue their varied academic interests. And because the courses were developed in partnership with NYU’s world-class professional schools, many are taught by renowned faculty from such institutions as Tisch School of the Arts and Stern School of Business. So read on to enter the workforce prepared and with purpose.

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Business and Organizational Studies

This pre-professional area is your introduction to for-profit organizations and their role in society. Get fluent in business jargon with The Language of Business. Alternatively, hone your financial know-how with Advanced Investments, which ends with a round of questions frequently asked in job interviews with investment banks. Additionally, if you study away in New York, Florence, London, Prague, Shanghai, or Washington, DC, you can take Stern courses.

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Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship

For those considering not-for-profit or government careers, these courses explore how individuals can address social issues through organizational change. First, prepare for your solo venture with Introduction to Entrepreneurship. Then, polish your ability to navigate a complex world with Leadership and Diplomacy. January Term courses expose students to social entrepreneurship initiatives in the UAE and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Two students studying together
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, November 08, 2015: Students are seen studying around the NYU Abu Dhabi campus on Saadiyat Island. (Photo / Silvia Razgova - Philip Cheung)

What is the purpose of education and how does it interact with the societies that create it? Education pre-professional courses seek to answer these and other questions through a global exploration of the history and sociology of education. At the same time, they prepare students for a career in teaching, policymaking, non-profits, or government. Start with Education and Society and move on to Art, Education, and Barbarism in Berlin.

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Media, Culture, and Communication

Kick-start your career in the fast-moving world of media and communications by building the technical skills to develop media content and the critical-thinking skills to understand its societal impact. Learn the nuances of journalism across the world with courses like Reporting Morocco and Reporting Sydney. Next, hone your writing skills with Travel Writing and Feature Writing.

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Museum and Curatorial Heritage Studies

Learn all about the role and use of material culture and the formation and preservation of cultural heritage with courses like Egyptomania and Shipwrecks and Seascapes. Furthermore, these pre-professional courses include visits to a number of museums (such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi) and cultural organizations (such as Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority) close to NYU Abu Dhabi’s campus. Here, you can get an inside look at local institutions and pursue a range of internship opportunities.        

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Premedical and Health Studies

Most medical schools require certain undergraduate courses. Consequently, students interested in graduate school in health care should take all of NYU Abu Dhabi’s Premedical and Health Studies pre-professional courses. You can satisfy the basic science requirements with NYU Abu Dhabi’s Foundations of Science sequence. This three-semester course covers all the scientific fundamentals. Importantly, you can major in any discipline while completing your premedical coursework. That’s one of the benefits of a liberal arts education! Also, you’ll gain firsthand experience by volunteering, shadowing, or interning in a clinical setting.