Application & Instructions


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 2018; 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!

  • CASA Selection Exam *This is a required component of your application! Important to review and follow instructions on this page.
  • Application Fees *Required for your applicatoin to be considered complete.
  • Pay Your Own Way
  • 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.

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

**NOTE: The deadlines for the 2019-2020 CASA I Application have passed.  Deadlines for the coming year will be posted in the fall, but will likely follow a similar timeline (i.e. applications due in January, selection exams by February).**