Center for Arabic Study Abroad
Center for Arabic Study Abroad

About the CASA Consortium

The CASA Consortium is currently comprised of 34 universities and colleges. Representatives from Consortium member schools convene annually in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) meeting.

Designated representatives serve on a rotating basis on the Governing Council (six appointed representatives serve a consecutive three year term) and the CASA Fellowship Selection Committee (three representatives are appointed for a one year commitment). The Governing Council meets with the CASA directorship each fall during MESA to discuss and decide upon various academic, financial and administrative matters. The Selection Committee meets with the directorship each spring to review application materials and choose fellows for the upcoming year.

In addition to these service obligations, Consortium member schools pay annual dues ($1,200 per year) to provide much needed supplemental financial support for CASA programs. In recognition of this contribution, student applicants from member schools pay a reduced application fee, and if they are selected for a fellowship, they pay a reduced program fee.

Governing Council, November 2012

  • American University in Cairo (Program Site)
  • Brigham Young University, 2010-12
  • Brown University, 2012-14
  • City University of New York, Hunter College (Newly Elected Host University, 2013)
  • Georgetown University, 2010-12
  • Swarthmore College, 2012-14
  • University of Arizona, 2011-13
  • University of Michigan, 2011-13
  • University of Texas at Austin (U.S. Administrative Site, 2006-14)

Selection Committee, March 2013

  • American University in Cairo (Program Site)
  • City University of New York
  • University of Maryland
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Texas at Austin (U.S. Administrative Site)
  • University of Washington

New Consortium Members

  • Texas State University, 2013
  • University of Southern California, 2012
  • Portland State University, 2011

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