Ahlan wa Sahlan wa MarHaban bi-kum to the official website for the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) at Harvard University!
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.
The deadlines for the 2019-2020 CASA I Application have passed. 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!
CASA on the Move - Cambridge to Tucson:
The program’s administrative offices are in the process of moving this summer 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. The Contact page will be updated once there are further changes.
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NOTE REGARDING 2020-2021 PROGRAM LOCATION
We hope to send students to both locations, Amman and Cairo, but this will be contingent upon the security and funding situation. We encourage anyone who is interested in applying and we will notify you once we have further details on the program location.
Thank you and please contact our office with further questions or concerns.
CASA’s Stateside Administration is in the process of moving this summer from Harvard to the University of Arizona. Read the article here for more information!
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The CASA Program is excited to share a video (on our Program page) in celebration of over 50 years of advanced Arabic education!
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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.