The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) was established in 1967 to offer intensive advanced Arabic language training at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Since its inception, CASA has trained more than 1,700 upper level undergraduates, graduates, and professors specializing in various areas of Middle Eastern Studies. CASA alumni have defined U.S.-Middle East relations for the last half-century through their work in the U.S. State Department, academic institutions, and the private sector.
CASA is currently administered at The University of Arizona by a U.S. Director, Sonia Shiri, and Program Coordinator, Sarah Stoll. The CASA program is currently being held at the Tahrir campus at the American University in Cairo, Egypt under the supervision of Executive Director Heba Salem and/or at the Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan under the guidance of the Executive Director Dr. Khaled Abu Amsha. The program location varies year to year based on the security assessment and funding availability.
CASA is represented by a Consortium of American universities and colleges who serve a vital role in directing various academic, financial and administrative aspects of the CASA programs.
CASA receives its primary funding from the United States Department of Education, under the Fulbright-Hays--Group Projects Abroad Program. In addition, CASA is supported by two endowments from the Ford and Mellon foundations when the program is able to send students to Cairo.