Application & Instructions

The 2022-2023 CASA Application has been posted. 
Please carefully review all instructions on this and the associated pages before submitting your application.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. They also must fall into one of the following categories:

  • current graduate students (e.g., PhD or MA student)
  • undergraduate students in their junior or senior year
  • holders of either a bachelor's or master's degree
  • have 3 years of formal instruction in Arabic prior to joining CASA.

Non-U.S. citizens may apply as a Pay-Your-Own-Way participant.

Application Steps

The CASA I application process includes the following components:

  1. APPLICATION - Submit your application using the link at the bottom of this page by Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 11:59pm MT (1:59am ET). Recommendations are also due on this same date.

    Applications will not be considered until we receive your Application Fee*:
    Due to the generosity of a CASA alum who has covered the OPI exam fees, we have reduced the application fee by $60. 

    • $60 for those currently enrolled in a Consortium Member school, or
    • $85 for Non-Consortium schools.
  2. SELECTION EXAMS - Taking a Selection Exam to assess listening, reading, 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 and Listening exams should be taken with a remote proctor assigned to you when you register. Please see the Exam page for payment and registration instructions
      • Reading & Listening Exams may be taken between December 1, 2021 – February 9, 2022
        Exam Fees: $102 for Listening and Reading (including $20/ exam for web-based proctors). 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 ACTFL test administrators. Instructions for scheduling an appointment for this exam will be shared in early December.  The fee for this exam is included in the application fee.

                Oral Proficiency Interview must be completed by February 9, 2022

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.

See additional Funding 

Application Instructions

Returning Applicants

If you applied previously, you can import your answers from your last application to save time! Here's how:

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

New Applicants

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 (you may use unofficial transcripts so you can upload them yourself; only transcripts through Summer 2021 are required; DO NOT MAIL TRANSCRIPTS).
  • Reference Information You will enter the 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 your application by the deadline. It is preferred that they upload a personally signed letter on letterhead as a PDFbut they will also have the option to type in their letter (or copy/paste it). The letter may be in Arabic if helpful. It is best to make your request before the winter break (and 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.

Additional Information

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

Application Link & 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 2022-2023