The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) offers advanced level training in Arabic language and culture to qualified American students at the American University in Cairo. Applicants to the various CASA programs must be US citizens or permanent residents and with a minimum of 3 years of formal instruction in Arabic prior to joining CASA.
All CASA programs provide 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 participants 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 (priority is given to graduating seniors or those with their B.A.)
- The CASA II* program aims to provide further opportunities for CASA fellows who have completed the CASA Full-Year program within the past five years and are generally PhD students. CASA II allows them to continue to enhance their language skills and advance their Arabic-based research in Egypt or Jordan.
- The CASA III* program is designed to meet the linguistic and research needs of professors with specialization in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies.
*Both CASA II and III continue to be suspended due to funding, and we are working on resuming them as soon as possible.
CASA is represented by a consortium of thirty-five universities and colleges in the U.S., and is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program's stateside operations moved to the Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies in June 2014 (the program was previously housed at the University of Texas at Austin).