Application & Instructions

**The 2020-2021 CASA I Application deadline has passed.**
The 2021-2022 application deadlines will be posted in the fall and will likely be similar to this year's. We encourage you to review the Applicatoin & Insructions pages for information on the process.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. They also must fall into one of the following categories: (a) current graduate students (e.g., PhD or MA student); (b) undergraduate students in their junior or senior year; or (c) holders of either a bachelor's or master's degree.  Non-US citizens may apply as a PYOW participant.

The CASA I application process includes the following components:

  1. APPLICATION - Submit your application using the link at the bottom of this page by Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 11pm MST. Recommendations are due by Thursday, January 31, 2020.

    Applications will not be considered until we receive your Application Fee*:
    - $85 for those currently enrolled in a Consortium Member school, or
    - $105 for Non-Consortium schools.
    *This year's fee includes $20 towards the pre-program OPI for all applicants.  The rest of the cost is subsidized by the CASA program.
  2. SELECTION EXAMS - Taking a Selection Exam to assess listening, reading, writing and oral proficiency skills is part of the application process. The exam results will be an important criterion in the selection process. Once you have completed your application, please review the Exam page carefully to learn how to register for all sections of this exam. Below is an overview of the exam components.
    • The Reading, Listening and Writing exams, should be taken with a proctor from your campus on the dates below.  Please see the Exam page for payment and registration instructions
      • Wednesday, February 5, 2020 -- for those living abroad
      • Fridays, January 31 or February 7, 2020 -- for those in the U.S. or Canada (one of these dates will need to be selected and confirmed by your proctor)

        Exam Fees: $130 for all three exams ($20/ exam extra for web-based proctors if you do not use an in-person proctor for all three sections). Fees must be paid when you register with the exam company.
    • The Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) will be taken by scheduling an appointment with certified test administrators. CASA will share a link for scheduling a time for your interview with those who apply in the week after the deadline. You will be able to schedule interviews from approximately, January 13 - February 7, 2020.

      Exam Fees: $20 towards the pre-program OPI is included in the application fee. The rest of the cost is subsidized by the CASA program.

Additional Funding Due to limited CASA funding, we advise you to apply for outside funds in advance to support your participation in CASA. There are more spaces available than we can fund, so if you are able to cover your own expenses, it may help to ensure your participation.



For those who applied last year, you can import your answers from last year's application to save time!  Here's how:

Login with your previous credentials, click on "Choose Action" drop down button in the upper right corner, select "Import Responses from Existing Application."  Scroll down to see that your dash board shows the imported information in this year's application.  Please review all information to confirm accuracy and feel free to change any references, update transcripts, or your statement of purpose as needed.

For those completing the application for the first time, you should be prepared to upload or enter the following:

  • Transcripts of any universities, colleges, or institutes that you have attended (please use unofficial transcripts if necessary so you can upload them yourself; we only need through Summer 2019; DO NOT MAIL TRANSCRIPTS).
  • Proctor information is crucial for your exam logistics to go smoothly. Carefully review the parameters on Identifying a Proctor. Once you have confirmed the proctor that is available at your institution, enter their Name, Job Title, Institution, Department, Email, and Phone number into the application. (IMPORTANT: This does NOT mean you are registered for the exam. Make sure to read instruction on the Exam page to register after you have submitted your application.)
  • Reference Information (Name and Email for 3 references – preferably 1 language professor and 2 professors from other subject areas; you may use non-faculty, but any reference should be able to speak to your academic background.) Once you enter the name and email address, your reference will receive a message with a link to upload their letter of recommendation to the application by the deadline. It is preferred that they upload a personally signed letter on letterhead as a PDF, but they will also have the option to type in their letter (or copy/paste it). The letter may be in Arabic if helpful. While there is a later deadline for the reference letters, January 31, it is best to make your request before the winter break (or at give least 2-3 weeks notice)!
  • Statement of Purpose (max. 500 words) Please identify your disciplinary concentration, and explain the centrality of Arabic to your academic and professional career as well as the objectives you hope to fulfill from participation in CASA.

Please make sure to review and understand the following topics before applying!

Application Software Tips:  The application is designed so that you can easily work on it over time you can save your work and return to it later. Make sure to save before returning to the dashboard or closing out to be safe. The application has various sections that will not permit you to proceed without fully completing certain fields. Please answer all required questions or the application will be considered INCOMPLETE. To submit your application, all sections must read 100% and you may click the Final Review and Submit button in the upper right corner of the dashboard. If you have any technical issues or concerns while completing the application, please email

**CASA I Application for 2020-2021**