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. Non-US citizens or permanent residents are welcome to apply to CASA, and if accepted, may participate on a Pay-Your-Own-Way (PYOW) basis only. Please see a summary of the program below. Further details can be found in the menu to the left.
The "Celebrating 50 Years of CASA" video offers an overview of the program and it's history:
Please Note: Our goal is to send Fellows to both program locations; however, this will depend on the security and funding situations. For now we encourage everyone who is interested in the program, to apply.
The CASA program provides 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.
The CASA I program is designed for graduate and undergraduates students. Applicants must fall into one of the following categories: (a) current graduate students (e.g., PhD or MA student); (b) undergraduate students in their senior year; or (c) holders of either a bachelor's or master's degree.
*Both CASA II and III are suspended due to funding.