FAQs

Eligibility

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. They also must fall into one of the following categories: (a) current graduate students (e.g., PhD or MA student); (b) undergraduate students in their junior or senior year; or (c) holders of either a bachelor's or master's degree.

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.

Applicants should complete about 3 years of formal instruction in Arabic prior to applying to the CASA program. If you have had two years along with an intensive summer program and feel you are ready to apply, you are welcome to do so. The Selection Exam, which is part of the application process, will help determine your level of proficiency.

CASA only offers advanced level coursework. It does not offer beginning or intermediate level courses in Arabic.

Funding

CASA has historically been funded by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) through the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad grant with additional funding from Ford and Mellon endowments for those studying at AUC.  Due to significant cuts and unpredictability of the current USED budget, CASA is actively searching for additional sources of funding to continue this important program.
 

Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from other available sources, such as Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, Boren, Rotary, NFLI, Fulbright Hays Students Scholarship, and the Volunteer Forever Scholarship, for their CASA studies.
 

CASA Fellowships cover: tuition for courses and a modest monthly stipend. For more information on included Fellowship costs, please visit our What the Fellowship Covers page.
 

All Fellows are responsible for paying the CASA non-refundable program fee, selection exam fee, some living expenses not covered by the stipend, a required international medical insurance plan, and additional costs for travel (such as passports, visas/ renewals, possibly COVID tests, luggage when not included in flight, in-country travel and exploration, etc.). Pay-Your-Own-Way (PYOW) Fellows are responsible for tuition, flights, living expenses and anything else they may need. 

Programs

CASA no longer offers a summer-only program.
 

We are not currently able to offer these programs due to lack of funding, but we are working on finding new sources of funding to bring them back. 

Application Process

Application and instructions are usually posted in October and are due in January.  The Exam scores deadline is usually in early February.  See the Applications section for details.
 

The CASA I application deadline for 2022-2023 is Thursday, January 20, 2022.
 

The new application software will not allow you to submit your application until it is complete. We will contact you if we need any additional materials to complete your file.  Make sure to keep an eye on the email your submit with your application along with your junk mail box in case of emails sent through the application software, Community Force.

Notification letters will be emailed by early April after the Selection Committee meeting.

Program Location

Our goal is to continue the program at both The American University in Cairo and The Qasid Intitute in Amman going forward; however, this will depend on available funding and the security and safety assessments in each location. UA Global continually monitors events in the region and we will ensure that all fellows, prospective applicants and CASA partners are kept informed of our plans for the upcoming application year. For now we encourage everyone who is interested in the program, to apply.

Recommendations

Our current online application allows applicants to input the name and contact information of their references. References will then receive an email with a link to upload (PDF) or type in their letter directly to your application. Signed letters of recommendation on University letterhead is preferred (via PDF) when possible. Please see the Application section of this website for further details on recommendation letters.

Current Fellows

Please visit Harvard’s Student Financial Services site to help guide you. Select the Federal Taxes link on the left and scroll down to the section for Scholarships and Stipends. Within this section there is a link to the IRS Publication 970 which explains how these items should be reported. Please note, you will not receive any tax forms from CASA. In addition, Harvard representatives are not permitted to give you individual tax advice, and we would suggest that you seek professional advice from a qualified accountant or attorney if you encounter complicated tax situations.