The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) was established in 1967 to offer intensive advanced Arabic language training at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Since its inception, CASA has trained more than 1,387 upper level undergraduates, graduates, and professors specializing in various areas of Middle Eastern Studies. For the 2013-14 academic year, an additional 19 (18 CASA I and 1 CASA II) fellows are being trained at the Qasid Arabic Institute. For 2014-15, 22 fellows will be preparing to participate in the CASA I program at the Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan.
CASA is currently administered at Harvard University by a U.S. Director and Program Coordinator. The CASA program is currently located at the Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan under the guidance of the Academic Director Dr. Khaled Abu Amsha and Institutional Director Omar Matadar. CASA plans on returning to the Zamalek campus at the American University in Cairo for 2014 under the supervision of Director Shahira Yacout.
CASA is represented by a Consortium of thirty-five American universities and colleges who serve a vital role in directing various academic, financial and administrative aspects of the CASA programs.
CASA receives its primary funding from the United States Department of Education, under the Group International Study Abroad Program. In addition, CASA is currently supported by two endowments from the Ford and Mellon foundations, with additional funding from the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt.