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 U.S. citizens or permanent residents and should have a minimum of 3 years of formal instruction in Arabic prior to joining CASA. Please see a summary of each program below. Further details can be found in the menu to the left.

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Please Note: Our goal is to send Fellows to both program locations; however, this will depend on the Harvard Global Support Services (GSS) assessment of the security situation. For now we encourage everyone who is interested in the 2017-2018 CASA I program, to apply.

The CASA I program is designed for graduate and undergraduates students (for undergrads, priority is given to graduating seniors or those with their B.A.)    

The CASA II* program aims to provide further opportunities for CASA fellows who have completed the CASA I program within the past five years and are generally PhD students. CASA II allows fellows to continue to enhance their language skills and advance their Arabic-based research in Egypt or Jordan.

The CASA III* program is designed to meet the linguistic and research needs of professors with specialization in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies.

*Both CASA II and III continue to be suspended due to funding. We will update this site and share the news with our alumni and consortium members if/when this changes.

All CASA programs provide intensive language, culture, and specialized area studies training, with 15 to 20 hours of classroom instruction per week plus homework. A series of lectures, weekly meetings with language partners, and internships/ volunteering are an integral part of the CASA program. Efforts are made to provide opportunities for CASA Fellows to interact with their Egyptian or Jordanian counterparts and experience life in an Arabic speaking country to the fullest extent.