Health & Safety

The NYU Student Health Center and the Department of Public Safety work closely with program staff to plan for safe, healthy, and enriching opportunities long before you arrive. You will be introduced to many of these services in the months leading up to your program abroad while others will be explained in detail during the mandatory on-site orientation.

Get a head start on familiarizing yourself with global health and wellness resources by visiting the NYU Student Health Center website.  Click here for information specifically about Abu Dhabi Health & Wellness.

Health & Safety FAQs

  • Does NYU Provide International Health Insurance?

Yes, all students studying away on an NYU Global Program are automatically enrolled in GeoBlue Global Health insurance.  This will occur shortly before departure.

  • Do I need to maintain my home insurance?

You MUST maintain your domestic health insurance when studying away with NYU. The International Health Insurance provided by NYU covers you ONLY outside the U.S. while participating in the program, so if for any reason you needed to go home for care you want to make sure there are no gaps in your coverage.

  • What kind of coverage does the NYU International Insurance provide?

You can find information about the GeoBlue coverage online here. For further details or questions, please contact

  • What if I need counseling while abroad?

While studying abroad is an incredible experience, it often takes time to adjust to a new culture, living arrangements, food, language and submersion into the unfamiliar. Some students feel overwhelmed, others homesick. Some afraid, others depressed. You may periodically feel out of sorts. The attitudes toward counseling, or therapy, vary from one country to another.

The NYU staff at NYU Abu Dhabi can refer you to a local counselor or on-campus counselor so that you can arrange a therapy schedule. Your GeoBlue Global Health Insurance should cover the cost for your mental health care needs so that you do not have to pay out of pocket for counseling services. Call the Wellness Exchange at (212) 443-9999 or write to if you need help making connections to mental health professionals abroad.

Some medications available in your home country may not be available in Abu Dhabi, while others may be strictly controlled. There are also certain medications that may be legal in your home country, but that are illegal in the UAE. The US 2 Embassy’s website is a valuable resource and we encourage you to visit it to learn more about medication regulation:

If a medication is strictly controlled in Abu Dhabi, the US Embassy recommends a protocol that is helpful to those traveling to the UAE: “…patients or travelers carrying prescribed prescription medications must have their prescriptions issued by licensed US doctors, attested by a notary public, and duly authenticated by both the secretary of state of one’s US state, and finally also authenticated by the Secretary of State of the US Government in Washington, DC.” For students from countries other than the US, we suggest a similar approach to that recommended by the US Embassy.

It is important to note that prescriptions written outside the UAE will not be filled in Abu Dhabi — you should discuss with your local health professional whether you should secure enough medication for a smooth transition and then see local medical or mental health professionals who can prescribe refills or recommend alternatives once you arrive in Abu Dhabi.

If you are bringing medication with you into the UAE, please:

  • Have your health professional state both the trade and generic name for your medication(s) on the prescription (in case a specific brand is not available).
  • Keep the medication in the original prescription bottles and, if it is a psychotropic or controlled medication, have a letter signed by your health professional supporting its use for your condition.
  • Always transport medication in your carry–‐on luggage.
  • Be sure to follow airport security guidelines, particularly if the medicine is in liquid form.
  • Be aware that prescription medications mailed internationally may not be received, or may be received later than planned due to customs restrictions.
  • To minimize any possible problems bringing medications, prescription or non-prescription, to NYUAD, please contact the NYUAD Health and Wellness Center at or NYU Wellness Exchange at +1 212-443-9999 as soon as possible.

If you have questions or concerns, contact the Wellness Exchange at (212) 443-9999; e-mail at or check our web page at  All inquiries will be kept confidential.