Center for Arabic Study Abroad
Center for Arabic Study Abroad

Application Forms

Please Note: Due to the transition to a new host University, this year’s application and supporting materials will be posted as soon as possible (by early October). Various aspects of the application process may be adapted slightly, but the information on this page can help give you an idea of what to expect.  Once the application is posted, you may completeand submit supporting application materials to the CASA Stateside office at Harvard University. Completed applications and additional required documents for the academic year must be received by Friday, January 9, 2015 by 5 p.m Eastern Standard Time.

2015-2016 CASA I APPLICATION - Will be posted by October 2014
CASA II (Suspended for 2014-2015)
CASA III (Suspended for 2012-2015)

Application Guide

CASA is happy to introduce an online application that requires an  EID for login access, please find details below providing assist with the application form. This information refers primarily to the CASA I application; however, some sections may be slightly different for the CASA II application.  The online application has various sections that require responses from all applicants and will not permit you to proceed without fully completing each section.  Please answer all required questions prompted or the application will be considered INCOMPLETE if any are skipped or unanswered. 

CASA's online application can be saved to a computer so you can finish it at a later date. For the save and continue option, please use the same Internet browser and computer it was saved to. To successfully resume where you left off, please use the same link on the Forms page to return to the application.  Once the application is complete, please hit the "DONE" button and the application will be submitted to CASA for your file. Each application has 1 month from the start date to be completed or the responses will be recorded as-is.  Please note that applications can only be submitted ONCE.  If you have any technical issues or concerns while completing the application, please contact the CASA Stateside office for assistance.

Section 1: Personal Information

  • Please complete all items on this page and subsequent pages of the application form.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have U.S. permanent resident status.
  • Please ensure your contact information is current in case we need to contact you.
  • All CASA I applicants are required to have a EID (electronic identifier) to avoid using an applicant's social security number.  You will need the EID in order to take the CASA Selection Exam, please remember the number and have it available on the day of the exam.
  • To create an EID for your CASA application, please go to the EID Setup Page and follow the instructions provided.

Section 2: Academic Information & Language Proficiency

  • If you are currently enrolled at a college or university, list that institution. If you are not currently affiliated with an institution, write "None."
  • If you are an undergraduate, please complete the required section. 
  • If you are a graduate student, please complete the required section.
  • All applicants must list all colleges or universities attended, as well as other programs both in the U.S. and abroad that focused on the study of Arabic.

Section 3: Official Transcripts

All applicants must submit with their application official, sealed transcripts from every institution attended and listed on your application. Please plan ahead since all transcripts must be received by Friday, January 9, 2015. Any additional transcripts which include grades from Fall 2014 should be sent as soon as they become available. Official transcripts can be sent electronically to the CASA Stateside office by the institution, if more convenient.

Section 4: Proctor & Reference Information

Proctor Information

  • All applicants must identify and provide the name and contact information of the person who has agreed to proctor their selection exam. It is the responsibility of the applicant to arrange the appropriate proctor. Keep in mind there may be several applicants taking the exam at a given university/college, but there can only be one proctor at each university/college.
  • Traditionally, the CASA selection exam has been proctored by someone from the Department or Center for Middle/Near Eastern Studies at each school. Therefore, it is advisable to first contact someone in this department or center to assist you in designating a proctor for the exam.
  • If your school has neither, please contact the department at your school which offers courses in Arabic. They may be able to proctor the exam, or guide you to someone who can.
  • Proctors must not be a teacher/professor of Arabic, and if at all possible, not a speaker of Arabic. Please provide your proctor with a copy of the CASA Proctor Guidelines before listing them on your application. 

Academic References

    Three academic references are required: One (1) must be an Arabic language professor and the other two (2) references preferably would be professors with a Middle East area specialization, if possible. Letters of recommendation must be sent directly to the CASA Stateside office from the reference on official letterhead (via mail or electronically), and not by the applicant.  Please ensure that all letters include the Confidential Reference Form and are to be received by the application date, please plan accordingly.

    Two academic references are required: One (1) must be an Arabic language professor and the second (2) reference should preferably be from a professor with a Middle East area specialization, if possible. Letters of recommendation must be sent directly to the CASA Stateside officefrom the reference on official letterhead (via mail or electronically), and not by the applicant. Please ensure that all letters include the Confidential Reference Form and are to be received by the application deadline, please plan accordingly.

Section 5: Statement of Purpose

This section is your opportunity to explain your academic goals and the objectives you hope to fulfill from participation in CASA. The selection committee is interested in understanding your specific short and long-term goals concerning the study of Arabic and the CASA program. Please do not turn your statement of purpose into a summary of your Master's or Ph.D. thesis proposal. The CASA program, and how its various components relate to your goals, should be specifically addressed.

For CASA I: this statement of purpose should be written in English in no more than 500 words.

For CASA II: this statement of purpose must be written in Arabic in no more than 500 words.  Please use a keyboard that allows you to type in Arabic.

Section 6: Participation & Funding Details

Additional Funding

CASA encourages applicants to seek funding from other sources, and welcomes all qualified applicants to participate in its programs.  It is to each applicant's benefit to apply for other sources of funding to subsidize the cost of the CASA program. Some of these programs may have fall application deadlines, and it is best to investigate these sources BEFORE preparing to submit your CASA application.

  • The following are just a few examples of alternate sources of funding: Fulbright and FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies).
  • Contact the appropriate representative at your university or college for more details regarding these funding opportunities.

Pay-Your-Own-Way (PYOW)

This section of the application is to be completed by students who wish to be considered for this particular option.

  • Each year CASA has a limited amount of funds to offer fellowships and funding may not allow for all qualified applicants to be offered a fellowship option. In this case, some applicants may be accepted into the program on the condition that they are able to pay their own way.
  • The Pay-Your-Own-Way option is available to a limited number of qualified students who are willing and able to provide funds for all expenses associated with their CASA program of study.
  • Please indicate in this section if you would like CASA to consider you as a PYOW applicant.

The following conditions apply to the PYOW option:

  • With the exception of the U.S. citizenship/permanent resident requirement, PYOW participants must be selected through the same procedures as all other CASA applicants.
  • Once selected, participants must agree to assume all financial responsibility for participation, and to abide by the same rules and regulations as a CASA fellow.
  • If you are accepted under the PYOW option, this acknowledgement is considered binding and can only be terminated in the case of extreme family emergency.
  • No student may enter the program after the beginning of classes in June. Since our language programs are dependent for their success on the consistent and orderly acquisition of skills, we must insist that all students participate fully from beginning to end.

Example of Expenses for PYOW Fellows for the CASA I Program: Please note that these costs and expenses are subject to change for each programmatic year.

The expenses of the CASA program include the following:

  • Non-Refundable Program Fee - Full-year: $1,850/ $2,500*
  • Tuition - Full-year: $17,023
  • Airfare - Full-year: $1,600-$2,500
  • Living Expenses - Full-year: $900- $950/month (in Jordan) $500-$550/month (in Cairo)
  • CASA Medical Insurance Policy

If selected, PYOW fellows have the option to take advantage of a CASA payment plan to pay for their tuition.  This plan splits up the tuition into three payments made in the summer, fall and spring due at the beginning of each term.  Please inquire with the CASA Stateside office for more details.

All figures are estimates and provided only as a guideline; a more exact listing will be provided after the selection process is completed in March.  * Program Fees in bold relate to Non-Consortium students.

Application Fee (chart)

For CASA I applicants taking the selection exam in the U.S. or at the American University of Cairo (AUC):

  • $60 for applicants currently enrolled in a Consortium Member school
  • $85 for applicants not currently enrolled or at a Non-Consortium school

For CASA II applicants:

  • $60 for applicants currently enrolled in a Consortium Member school
  • $85 for applicants not currently enrolled or at a Non-Consortium school

Please include a check or money order (no cash or credit cards accepted) for the non-refundable application fee and ensure your name is somewhere on the check or money order. Mailing instructions for the application and fee are included in this section; however, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the CASA's Administrative office


Please sign and date this statement, confirming that all information you have entered on the application is complete and true to the best of your knowledge.

Required Supporting Application Forms

In order to complete your CASA application, the following supporting application materials are REQUIRED AND MUST BE SUBMITTED in addition to the online application. Please submit materials and payments to the CASA Stateside Office at UT-Austin by the application deadline.  Please print the medical and reference forms, original signatures are required for the application. 

  • Official Transcripts
    (submit a transcript of each institution listed on application)
  • Letters of Recommendation with the CASA Confidential Reference Form
    (minimum of 3 for CASA I and minimum of 2 for CASA II)
  • CASA Medical Forms
    1) The Health Clearance Form is to be completed by a physician, returned to the applicant, and submitted to the CASA Stateside office at The University of Texas at Austin. Please plan ahead in order to meet the application deadline.
    The Confidential Medical History Report is to be completed by the applicant, and returned with the other application materials. Please provide as much detail as possible.
  • CASA Application Fee - Please make checks or money orders payable to "UT-AUSTIN/CASA."

All application payments must be mailed to the CASA Stateside Office at UT-Austin; however, supporting materials, such as transcripts, letters of recommendation and CASA medical forms, can be submitted to CASA electronically at