• CASA Fellows hike in Ajloun, Jordan

  • Wadi Rum, also known as The Valley of the Moon, Jordan

  • CASA Fellows visit Qal'at Ajloun, Ajloun, Jordan

  • Roman Amphitheatre in West el-Balad, Amman, Jordan

  • Jordanian cuisine at a local resturant in Amman, Jordan

  • Summer sky at Wadi Rum, Jordan

  • The Dead Sea, Jordan

  • View from Qal'at Ajloun, Ajloun, Jordan

  • Garden at the AUC Campus

    Courtyard garden at AUC, Egypt

  • Hill House, home to the CASA program at AUC, Egypt

    Hill House, home to the CASA program at AUC, Egypt

  • CASA Fellows at a translation workshop, Egypt

    CASA administrators and Fellows with peers at a translation workshop, Egypt

Ahlan wa Sahlan wa MarHaban bi-kum to the official website for the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) at the University of Arizona!

CASA offers advanced level training in Arabic language and culture to qualified American students at The American University in Cairo and Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman. Applicants to the various CASA programs must be US citizens or permanent residents and should have the equivalent of at least 3 years of formal instruction in Arabic prior to joining CASA. We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about the CASA programs. Please be in touch with us if you have any questions about the program that you are unable to find answers to here.

CASA's new stateside offices are now at the University of Arizona. We will share the new website soon, but until then please use this one. 
The program’s administrative offices have moved from Harvard to the University of Arizona. To learn more about our new host institution and director, please read the article Center for Arabic Study Abroad Moves to UA by Lori Harwood, UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The program coordinator at Harvard will continue to be the point person for all administrative matters until further notice. See our updated Contact page for updates.


The deadlines for the 2020-2021 CASA I Application have passed. The 2021-2022 deadlines for the coming year will be posted in the fall, and will likely follow a similar timeline (i.e. applications due in January, selection exams by February). Please review the Application & Instructions pages and other sections of the website to confirm that CASA fits your needs and that you are ready to apply. We look forward to welcoming you to CASA very soon inshaa’ Allah!

Due to COVID-19 we do not ​yet know when it will be possible ​to send CASA Fellows to either program location for the 2020-2021 program. We must factor in approval for proceeding from our grant funder, the U.S. Department of Education, along with the University of Arizona Global Travel, the governments of each program location, our program partners in Cairo and Amman, and likely others. Currently, we do not foresee it being possible to send anyone before September.  We are emailing our finalists with updates as we have them.

Thank you and please contact our office with further questions or concerns.


CASA’s Stateside Administration moved this summer from Harvard to the University of Arizona.  Read the article Center for Arabic Study Abroad Moves to UA for more information!


The CASA Program is excited to share a video (on our Program page) in celebration of over 50 years of advanced Arabic education!


The CASA Program is proud of its many distinguished alumni! We have posted a few profiles that feature their experiences in the program, advice for current fellows, and what they have been doing since. Visit our Alumni Profiles page to learn more.