Program Overview

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. Please see Eligibility requirements and an overview of the CASA I program below the video before moving onto further details in the menu on the left.

The "Celebrating 50 Years of CASA" video offers an overview of the program and it's history at the American University in Cairo (AUC):


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. A video of the Amman program can be found on the CASA I Program page.

Program Eligibility

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-U.S. 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.

CASA I Program

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., Ph.D. or M.A. student); (b) undergraduate students in their junior or senior year; or (c) holders of either a bachelor's or master's degree.

The 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.

We encourage you to visit our Fellows’ Experiences page to learn more about the program. In addition, these videos showcase an example of one of the student projects.

Other CASA Programs

*Both CASA II and III are suspended due to funding.